Friday, February 4, 2011

Broke People or the Right Track

If you've ever listened to Dave Ramsey, specifically on Fridays (Debt Free Fridays!) you know that one question Dave (I'll call him Dave since I like to imagine we're friends. After all, I grew up in Tennessee. My dad bought a Financial Peace book from Dave at an outlet mall in the tiny town where we lived before Dave was even remotely famous. True story.) always asks the debt free callers is, "Did people make fun of you?"

The point Dave likes to make is if broke people are mocking what you're doing, then you're probably on the right track. And he's absolutely right about that.

I'm here to tell you that it's a lot easier to live frugally, simply, counter-culturally, whatever you want to call it, when you are around others who are trying to do the same thing. For example: it's tough, but not impossible, to be the only homeschool family surrounded by families who utilize other methods.

It's tough, but not impossible, to be the only ones making what appear to be radical lifestyle choices (living debt free, having more than one or two children, living with one - paid for - car, mom staying home, eating out only occasionally, etc).

Keeping up with the Joneses is a lot easier when the Jones family is not down at the shopping mall firing up their credit cards every weekend or taking on a new car lease, is what I'm saying.

This is where the blog world can either bless you or drag you down. Blogs about frugal living, saving money, simplifying, making do? Those could help. Blogs about decorating with the latest Pottery Barn catalog, living in the perfect little country retreat house, or the best new fashion trends ("Budget finds - the best $500 shoes out there!") could drag you down.

Philip and I have been blessed to have many friends and family members who have similar goals to our own. And I like to think we've been a positive influence on some, too. So the fact that we drive a ten year old vehicle is cause for gentle teasing instead of outright mockery.

But I suppose, even if folks were mocking us, I could live with that. After all, if broke people are mocking your financial choices, you're probably on the right track. 

This post is linked to Frugal Fridays at Life as Mom.
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