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Old 03-08-2008, 09:57 PM   #21
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Part of it is being lazy: most things aren't worth the effort of obtaining.
I prefer to think of it as clear thinking rather than laziness...

I started working part-time in high school (the deal with my parents was if grades slipped, no job - actually got me MORE interested in doing well in school!), co-oped in college.

Always wanted to be financially independent, first from my parents and now from having a j*b.

W2R,

Just doing laundry for a family of five is a full-time job, never mind the other things you listed!

In the past several years I have become more engaged in household duties. IMO, the less you understand something and the farther away from it you are, the easier it looks...
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:15 PM   #22
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Just doing laundry for a family of five is a full-time job, never mind the other things you listed!
Thanks. Being a kid, hauling the laundry from the second floor down to the basement laundry facilities and back was relatively easy for me, but I hated ironing. I used to dissolve into tears over having to iron the sheets and underwear, which I felt nobody would ever see anyway. And I burned myself now and then with the iron, no matter how careful I tried to be.

But you should have seen what my brothers had to do! Keeping a half acre corner lot mowed with push mowers (no motors), and climbing way up on ladders to keep the eight foot high hedge down the property line neatly trimmed was a huge job. I only had to sit and pull dandelions while they did all that. All this was in addition to 8.5 hours school with a 1 hour commute and mountains of homework, so we never got into trouble. There wasn't time!

See? Very few people these days would believe it if I told them.
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Thanks. Being a kid, hauling the laundry from the second floor down to the basement laundry facilities and back was relatively easy for me, but I hated ironing. I used to dissolve into tears over having to iron the sheets and underwear, which I felt nobody would ever see anyway. And I burned myself now and then with the iron, no matter how careful I tried to be.

But you should have seen what my brothers had to do! Keeping a half acre corner lot mowed with push mowers (no motors), and climbing way up on ladders to keep the eight foot high hedge down the property line neatly trimmed was a huge job. I only had to sit and pull dandelions while they did all that. All this was in addition to 8.5 hours school with a 1 hour commute and mountains of homework, so we never got into trouble. There wasn't time!

See? Very few people these days would believe it if I told them.
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Just like my father! Only he made that walk barefoot and carried extra books (or so he told us).

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Hilarious, and quite apropos!
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I don't know that it's "wiring." I just think folks driven by FIRE prefer the good feeling of financial independence and what it brings to quality of life over the fleeting "feeling" they get from buying more and more stuff.

I know I tend to look at potential large purchases now in terms of how much more indentured servitude to my employers it will bring me. A new car? Three more years of servitude. A big flat screen TV? Another three months of servitude. All the work I'd like to have done on the house? Five years of servitude.

And when I look at it that way, the "stuff" that seems so alluring loses a lot of its appeal.
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Just like my father! Only he made that walk barefoot and carried extra books (or so he told us).
was that before or after chopping wood ?
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I'm in the camp that says upbringing is major factor. My parents are the epitome of frugal and although I spend more freely, the "pay yourself first" mentality is a fundamental part of who I am. Can only hope that I am passing it along to my kids.
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