Wednesday, March 09, 2016

"Learning to separate “happiness” from “spending money” is the quickest and most reliable way to a better life."

If You Think This is About Extreme Frugality, You’re Missing The Point: "So I explained to the man in the interview that if we wanted to go to Disneyland, we would go to Disneyland. Hell, we would live inside the park or perhaps one of the Disney-owned cruise ships if we saw fit. 

We just happen to find that tourist traps like Disney are a pretty pale and distant second place compared to the fine places that Mother Nature has built for us. We don’t use our bikes for transportation and hauling instead of our cars, even in the dark and even in the middle of winter because it saves us a few dollars of fuel. We do it because it’s an awesome way to connect with your own town, stay in proper condition, adapt naturally to your own climate, and live like a real human instead of a sanitized, flabby car clown. I don’t swim and and paddle kayaks and canoes all summer because I lack the funds to buy a twin-engine motorboat. I do it because when it comes to recreational pastimes, muscle wins over motor every fucking time...

Learning to separate “happiness” from  “spending money” is the quickest and most reliable way to a better life. The side-effect of this is that your life will become much less expensive and you will therefore become much wealthier very quickly. But it’s not about the money, and as long as you think it is about the money, you’re still fucked."

Frequently Complained Questions: "...more importantly, the sooner you let go of the belief that these things you want really bring you more happiness, the happier and richer you will be."


  1. It's about experiences, not things/possessions. Money can buy experiences and enable one to gain more personal freedom. It's also true, like this post asserts, that many great experiences are free (or close to free). Cheers!

  2. Thanks for introducing me to Mr. Money Mustache!

    1. You're welcome. I only came across him in the last couple weeks myself. Pretty awesome though.