Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you’ll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities – and we should take care.
Alain de Botton
Us RUDE Guys still buy the weekend newspapers. It is a simple but not so cheap pleasure at $13. In the quote above Mr de Botton reminds us to take care with what we absorb from reading a newspaper.
We like to think we do and are mindful to read between the lines. The following article, titled Simple Life Trumps My Bad News Feed in today’s The Age Insight on page 25, has inspired this blog post. It’s a gem and recommended reading for all those hankering for a simpler life. A beautiful reminder of the simple pleasures in a rural show, a Punch and Judy puppet booth, a picnic on a rug and homegrown and/or homemade produce.
RUDE Girl has just finished reading Frugal Hedonism [refer book cover in image below]. Basically the book, like the above article, is reflective in this blog post’s title, Simple Pleasures.
I borrowed it from the local library because I do not buy books. It was a really easy read and written with some quick witted humour thrown in. Clive Hamilton’s forward is brilliant.
The book is not a How To instruction manual. It is more an inspirational and compact reference guide. I do recommend it. However most die-hard frugals will already be well versed in its wisdoms.
For RUDE Girl is refreshing to know that a younger generation is writing about something that I am passionate about.
“When I look around it’s pretty obvious who are the most freest people in our communities – the ones who have escaped the prison of consumerism and money-hunger.” Clive Hamilton / Author
Make the money hunger go away by filling up on simple pleasures. Beat The Man!!
RUDE Girl reading The Art of Frugal Hedonism. She wears Barbara apron made from a vintage dress, refashioned skirt from a dress and thrifted top. Pillow type cushions made from scarves and shirts. Moran leather lounge chair from mid 1990s
These days, you have the option of staying home, blogging in your underwear, and not having your words mangled. I think I like the direction things are headed.
~ Marc Andreessen ~
Three years ago RUDE Girl wrote in our blog’s ‘About’ section. It’s a bit surreal. To think that I have been writing a blog post nearly every week for three years! And I get to stay at home in my PJs or old comfy clothes, and do it! [refer quote above]
RUDE is personally against ‘mall mentality’ and therefore we avoid shopping malls. However, us RUDE Guys still live in the real world and choose carefully when and what to shop for. And therefore, we sometimes and begrudgingly, have to go to the local mall.
We have a fun time exploring ways of having nice ‘to us’ things without shopping in big box stores. And we are also keen to maintain and develop our resilience and resourcefulness, as opposed to handing over the home economics of our household to middle men.
Below images: RUDE Girl’s ‘new to me’ summer wedges, rescued from the free bin, at a local charity store.
RUDE Girl’s current project ~ Knitting a bath mat with yarn made from recycled T-shirts
We DO BUY NEW and we consume services +++ however we are frugal when it comes to stuff and food. This is where we make our small difference to our pockets and the planet.
We know our lifestyle is not mainstream but it is certainly not as radical as buying nothing new for 12 months! We prefer to pace ourselves, and balance frugality with the need to spend up, when it’s required. We know we can spend up then because we have saved for a rainy day.
Our blog thus far, has helped us to keep focused on what is important to us. It is also our way of sharing with other like-minded souls.
Embrace Home Economics and Blog. It builds community resilience. Beat The Man!