As winter rolls into spring, the hustle and bustle at the farm will start. So for now I am trying to make the best use of my house bound days by reading books.
Heads you Win By Jeffrey Archer
Amazon Drops Plans For New York Headquarters
Last week Amazon was in the news for its CEO being blackmailed by some sleazy magazine. Now it is in the news again for pulling out of New York because the citizens of New York refused to bow to the deal their leaders had stuck for corporate welfare. Trump might be in a warpath with Amazon but his tax cut signed into law last year made Amazon pay $0 on taxes on a profit of $13B. Real nice!
Google reaped millions in tax breaks as it secretly expanded its real estate footprint across the U.S.
Elected officials and these mega companies collude, tax breaks are offered to these companies that they don't really need. The promise of jobs and tax collections to the local jurisdictions don't really materialize making a succor out of all of us. Very Cool!
Financial Independence comes with not wanting a whole load of stuff. More important than wanting stuff is not wanting stuff that other people have.
When I was younger I liked electronics. I had this Sanyo radio which went with me everywhere, then the craze to own a small portable music player hit and then once I purchased that I pretty much got over that craze. The impulse buying I tend to do nowadays is on books and occasionally kitchen utensils. Those are my Gazingus Pins. So identify your 'Gazingus Pin' and try to avoid putting yourself in those situations. What is a Gazingus Pin? This is a term coined by the authors of 'Your money or Your Life' for non essential impulse buys.
Remember my ex-colleague whose wife had a handbag fetish and oh she also had a shoe fetish and generally fetish for expensive things? I always wondered how anybody had the time to do that kind of shopping? So keep your life busy doing important things so that the impulse to buy does not set in.
DH has this habit of analyzing things to death so much so that anything I thought I wanted will stop being important because of the analyzis torture. So start analyzing before purchasing anything.
Always keep this in mind, if you need to bring something into your house, you need to take something out. If you cannot then maybe what you are buying was never needed in the first place.
If you absolutely need something then only buy it. So that shoe or handbag or dress you can be assured is not needed, unless the ones you have do not fit or cannot be used.
Trying these simple techniques will go a long way in decluttering your life and also get you one step closer to FIRE.
Small things matter when you are just starting out, to be continued...
Like what you are reading? Subscribe!