Gretchen, Isa and I arrived home last night from our much anticipated vacation in Tennessee. I wrote about that in my last money matters article before leaving and talked some about how we manage to afford periodic vacations. Every time we take a vacation, I find myself more and more convinced that making this a financial priority is a wise choice for our family. For me, a vacation gets me breathing different air and able to view my life from a perspective that I simply do not get when I am wrapped up in it. There is no way we’d have these opportunities if we did not make a lot of abnormal (by our culture’s standards) financial decisions.
We live in an economic era when the overall trend is a need for tightening the belt buckles and cutting back. I want it all and I want it now has been exposed as a reliable path to big problems. I talked in my last article about how our spending money on periodic vacations represents an intentional prioritizing of our values and, accordingly, our spending. There are other things that we would like to spend money on that get sacrificed so that we can spend on an area that we have determined to be a priority. Since we can’t have it all now, we’ve got to be good at picking and choosing.
In that article, I briefly mentioned some of the counter-cultural financial decisions that we make to support our values. I’d like to spend more time on that today, while highlighting the need for all of us to continually examine whether different cultural norms for money management and “stuff” really make sense for us.
Remember, what works for us will not necessarily work for you. I’m mainly hoping to inspire all of us to take a second look at conventional financial wisdom.
Kingsley Counter-Cultural Finances:
Side note on our beloved experts: I was a juror in a trial where an expert explained to us that if there is a layer of snow on a parking lot, we should not expect that there could be ice under it. That was his expert testimony. (recovering from belly laugh and several knee slaps) Many experts will tell you whatever they are paid the most to tell you.
Now, Gretchen and I are seeking some supplemental income (thus this blog and our market). We do have a lifestyle that we are interested in supporting and we hope that this contributes to it, but we aren’t depending on it. Counter-cultural finances definitely take some ingenuity and creativity. That part is a work in progress.
One of the biggest enemies of our financial lives is advertiser-pushed conventional wisdom. It is important that we think for ourselves about money and stuff. When I talk about counter-cultural finances, I am talking about positive, healthy perspectives of money and stuff that contribute to stability and long-term peace. Our culture is formed and driven by marketers who want our money and care little for our well-being. As you think about your values and priorities, have you made enough abnormal decisions to truly support them? Do you see areas where you spent money because, well, that’s just what you do? I know I have! I’m trying to get better.
Where are some places in your life that you go against the “norm” to cut back?
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