Today I'll be gardening, making kimchi, planning a baby shower, walking the dogs, and chatting with my kids. Frugality gives me the freedom to spend my time this way, even if my husband and I laugh about not replacing the tattered blanket on our bed. It has become a silly reminder of our penny-pinching attitude.
The phrase "spending time" is remarkably appropriate, because what any of us spend money on is a choice about how we use our time. A new blanket isn't out of reach for me, but I'm mindful that $35 or more for a decent blanket represents several hours of paid work (once taxes and other expenses are factored in to the equation). And if I bought a blanket on credit, that really means I'm promising additional future hours of my life to pay for it. Right now, I prefer keeping a worn blanket.
This money=time equation is explored in this new inforgraphic.
How does living more simply give you greater freedom over your time?
About Laura Grace Weldon
Laura Grace Weldon is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives on a small farm with her family where they raise bees, cows, chickens, and the occasional ruckus. Laura writes about learning, sustainability, and peace. Connect with her at http://lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/