Sustaining The Good Life

Lifestyle Philosophy For Financial Independence and Environmental Sustainability

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Financial Independence Can Help You Live on a Higher Plane of Existence

Recently, I’ve heard from a number of friends who are entirely burned-out at their jobs.  Some of them have bosses that are extremely coercive, if not outright emotionally abusive.  I’m talking about the kind of bosses that call you into their offices and cut you down personally, saying things like “I used to think you…

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Getting Out of Credit Card Debt

“Credit cards are evil.”  “Don’t use credit cards.”  These are but a few of the critiques that I’ve heard about credit cards recently.  I don’t think credit cards are evil, but I understand why people think that credit cards are terrible.  Credit card interest rates typically range from 7% to 36%, and the average rate…

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10 Financial Tips For New Grads

Recently, I’ve been helping a family member navigate the process of graduating from college.  More specifically, we’ve been talking about his options as he interviews for jobs and decides what he wants to do and where he wants to live.  Since I’m about 10 years past this point in life, I like to think that…

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BIFL: Buy It For Life, or “Consume Like Your Grandparents”

BIFL is a common web meme acronym for “Buy It For Life.”  The idea at it’s core is that whenever possible we should buy goods that will last us for the rest of our lives.  While there are some items that do truly fit this description – such as cast-iron or stainless steel pots and…

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Transportation: The Honda Fit is the Ultimate Utilitarian Vehicle

The next major step in our process of cutting our lifestyle costs dramatically without reducing our quality of living is transportation.  If you aren’t in culture shock/anger about my un-American post on living in apartments, you may be ready for my next suggestion: sell your car and buy a hatchback, unless you already own a…

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Get Rich and Save The Planet By Living In An Apartment

I grew up in a single family ex-urban house of about 3,000 square feet with a massive yard. I can still hear my Dad’s voice on a Saturday morning when I was a teenager, “I’m gonna need a couple of hours of work out of you.” He was referring to yard work, since there was…

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Breaking The Chains of Debt Servitude and Wage Slavery

Having established the environmental consequences of western affluence here, we must understand the personal financial consequences of this affluence. Our society has a paltry five percent average savings rate, which is to say that most people are basically living pay check to pay check. While 5% is the average savings rate, and some people save…

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What Does It Mean To Be An American? Money, Carbon, and Climate Impact.

What does it mean to be “An American?”  Please excuse my use of this colloquialism, which I realize may be offensive to all residents of North and South America not living in the United States. Perhaps no one ever came up with a good name for people who are US citizens because our country is…

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A Blog About Living Deliberately

Sustaining The Good Life is a place to explore how modern men and women can live “The Good Life” in socially, environmentally, and financially responsible ways – ways that don’t harm other people, the planet, or their own financial and emotional well being. These ideas are inspired by the completely opposite influences that we’re barraged…

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