More with Less

by marilynk

What does it mean to do more with less? This is a question I’ve been pondering most of my life. It’s become even more important in the last few years, but it’s even more important while I don’t have much money coming in.

To me, more with less brings up issues of economy and value, but I don’t think that it requires deprivation. I want to pay more attention to the choices I make from where I live, to what I wear, and how I eat. I want to make considered choices and spend my money on things that I love, that will last, and that I can enjoy for many years.

I also think more with less involves a little elbow grease. Many things are cheaper if I can do or make them myself, but I also get much more enjoyment out of doing things myself. I’d much rather make a cake as a hostess gift than bring a bottle of wine – that it’s cheaper is only a by-product. Now, I’m not saying that I won’t eat out or buy a latte or a fancy dress. All of those things are important in life and I don’t want to deprive myself – or feel that I’m depriving myself. I just want to see if I can make the things I already own last longer in this disposable world.

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