As I’ve discussed in prior blog posts, Mrs. Miser isn’t entirely sold on financial freedom. She is super supportive and excited to reach it, but she is definitely more tempted to spend than I am. At times we butt heads about spending that I deem frivolous and she deems typical. The fact we can discuss it and usually come to a compromise is a great part of our marriage. I truly believe the ability to compromise is key to any successful relationship. [Read more…] about Have Your Cake And Eat it Too
As much as I am adamant on pursuing an early retirement, I’m just going to come out and say it. Frugality kind of sucks. Not many people want to spend their life living in a shithole miles away from their work, with no car, no cable, a cheap ass cell phone plan, no eating out, no alcohol, worn out clothing, no vacations, no entertainment, no pets, no gym membership, no social activities and the countless other discretionary expenses the average person tends to incur, that they could feasibly give up if they were to fully embrace frugalism. [Read more…] about It’s Not About Being Frugal, It’s About Prioritizing Spending
Most of the financial freedom world is filled with happy families all pursuing the same goal. I’m actually kind of surprised so many financial freedom people end up together, considering how small this community is. Maybe they all meet on MMM’s forums.
The Miser household is a little bit different in this regard. I’ve been a financial freedom enthusiast for years now, but Mrs. Miser wasn’t always so content with the idea. My wife has the tendency to appreciate the finer things in life and even now, when this beast gets awakened, all hell can break loose!
One of the difficulties many people will face at some point is selling financial freedom to their spouse. This isn’t something many people have heard of, and bringing it up out of left field can be quite a shock to the system. I’ve been thinking back to when I first brought this up to Mrs. Miser and how I’ve managed to sell her the idea of this goal over the past couple of years. It’s been a long and gradual process, let me tell you, but I’ve broken it down into 10 steps. [Read more…] about How to Convince Your Spouse to Pursue Financial Freedom