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THIS is minimalist. It’s a little too austere for me though. I mean, we go far and are minimalist, but not to the point where we don’t have a vacuum or more than one set of spoons, knives & forks 🙂 I mean I agree that less stuff and furniture means more space to stretch out but.. We don’t go this far. H/T to AP.

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using TheBudgetingTool.com. I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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Posted on January 28, 2017

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18 Comments

  1. Kandice

    I loved the minimalism pictures. On the Kindle issue, I have used an iPad Mini for the past 4 years. It’s about the size of an actual book and very light weight and I use the Kindle app to read. It’s easy to hold when I’ve turned in for bed and the iPad can be set to switch to a “night” setting which turns everything a warmer glow that supposedly doesn’t keep your mind awake at night like the normal setting. I really, really love it and would recommend it. Mine is Wi-Fi only since I don’t want it to be connected to a data plan.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Oh! What a good idea. Yes it’s probably on an orange glow right? The blue light keeps people awake..

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  2. Laurie

    I love my Kindle. Easy to use, lightweight, and no one has to know what I’m reading! It also works great with my library here in the US (so sorry that might not be the case for you).

    Love the minimal photos. Have not quite inspired my family to that level yet. 🙂

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Yeah 🙁 It’s a no-go for me.

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  3. anonymous

    “Melbourne is paving the way by changing the walking man signal to walking women as well to fight gender bias. Thoughts? I agree that our subconscious and our culture always defaults to “he” and “man” which does seem to colour how we view things.”

    Masculine pronouns are gender inclusive. When using feminine pronouns, then you are being exclusive. That’s how the English language works. It is not logical to switch that sign to a woman nor to refer to generally everyone using feminine pronouns, or even using “he/she” as that would be redundant. Gender bias isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. Are you raising your child as a boy, girl, or gender neutral? Are you going to let him decide what gender he is?

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Good point. I would say right now I’d raise him to be a boy, but if (as he gets older) he decides he wants to be someone else, I’d feel free to let him explore.

      For now, he might be too young, but I definitely don’t limit him in playing with dolls, wearing pink clothing (e.g.) and anything typically “girly” in our society. I have gotten some flak from some parents about this… jokingly but nonetheless…

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  4. Cassie

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post! The spring one will have considerably less stuff in it, but I’m planning on doing them quarterly 🙂

    That post on Japanese minimalism is awe inspiring, but at the same time I know it’s not something I would be able to sustain personally. While I realize a lot of the stuff we have is superfluous, it seems like a lot of the things we would consider reasonable to keep on hand are missing in these homes. A bottle of tylenol or ibuprofen, a thermometer, sunscreen… Then again the pictures are quite edited, so it’s entirely likely they have a cupboard that’s less photogenic holding these types of items. Still food for thought though. We’re posting a bunch of stuff for sale on Kijiji and dropping off a few boxes of stuff to our local goodwill today. It’s really refreshing getting down to a manageable amount stuff (and a lot easier to maintain).

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I couldn’t do it. I want to still be comfortable and that means having my stuff too. Not some bare lightbulb hanging from the celing….

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  5. Chi

    Great post Sherry!!

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  6. Nancy

    I have an old Kindle Touch. It has worked fine for 5 years now, easy to use, very long battery life, lightweight. It does not have backlight though, so it’s old school. But Kindle is not great if you want to borrow library books online in Canada, as it doesn’t support certain formats. But there are ways to hack that using Calibre or some tool like that. Or you get the Kindle tablet instead of the basic e-reader which lets you access library books through an app. But lately, I have been using the Kindle App on my iPad and phone. I like Kindle books in that they always have sales on Amazon and I can often get books at a steep discount if I wait for it. They often have sales even on the latest books. (E.g. I wanted to read The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. The library wait to borrow the digital copy was, like, four years! The online price for digital was $13.99, but I waited and then Kindle/Amazon had it for $4.99 recently.)

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Hmm. That Amazon aspect is really appealing but if I can’t borrow from Canada.. that’s where most of my reading comes from 🙁

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  7. Mel

    I don’t think anyone does Minimalism as well as the Japanese. Austere but aesthetic nonetheless. Love you blog!

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  8. C

    I just recently got a kindle fire but have no idea how it compares to official kindle readers — other than definitely less buttons. The silk browser seems slow but gets me to my local libraries where I can check out free ebooks. I’m liking the convenience of it a lot but I got it for $30. I may have liked it less if I had paid full price! Ebook reading is fine, though the navigation can be a bit awkward if you want to really skip around. I have a friend who uses her kindle reader a lot while nursing.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Thanks for the notes. I think the inability to use it with Canadian libraries is a deal-breaker for me 🙁

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  9. Liquid

    Thanks for the mention. 🙂 I think as people live in smaller places minimalism will be practiced more. But like anything else it should be done in moderation. Have a great weekend.

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