There are three movements, societal and cultural, that seem to overlap: frugal living, simple living and green living. And a common question that often pops up in discussions in each movement is the idea of ‘How Much is Too Much?’. Of course each group will have a slightly different bent on the idea. Environmentalists may talk about the impact on the planet, proponents of simplicity might talk about the inherant value that comes in living as fuss-free as possible, while frugal folks will talk about judging the impact of your money and spending only on what you judge to be worthy…
It’s all a bit the same thing though, isn’t it?
I try to have as light a footprint as possible on this earth and I believe that living simply is living well. My perspective on frugality comes from a lack of money and a suplus of financial stress. For me, feeling out of control lead to the feeling that it was all too much, and by it and all I meant our stuff and the rat race and trying to make ends meet. Living frugally is thus, for me at least, an attempt to live with just enough, and not too much.
How much is too much for you?