I understand this is not quite a proper topic for this sub-forum. But
for months I have been reading threads here and I tend to see this place
more and more as promoting a lifestyle, i.e. reducing excessive materials
and increase efficiency by consuming less. It's this very kind of philosophy,
starting from replacing cars with bikes for transportation, that influences me.
The key idea is that, it's not about money and affordability, but more and higher
than that. It's all about, how much you can gain and enrich your live by consuming
less. There is a great thread by iBarne, all of you must have read that, initiates me
to share simple way of living. Here is my way:
Rent: I still live in an apartment with a roomie in the midwest, $270 /mon
Food: Cook mostly, $140 (grocery) + $50(some lunches outside just in case)
Utility: $40(electric+heating), we don't used gas. My apartment has internet and cable
included in the rent, but actually I can live without them. I do most of the surfing
in my office.
Phone: $70/mon, a family plan with my gf, who is living about 3hr away.
Car: Because of my gf, I can't live car-free (otherwise I'll be gf-free). I visit her every two weeks
during weekend. It costs me about $60 for gas. Locally I ride my bike to work.
Insurances: Health + auto = $60/mon
I am working on reducing the Food sector. The car sector is limited by the long-distance traveling
How about yours?