Current events: Life without cash

I recently read an article online about Heidemarie Schwermer, a woman who has lived without cash for sixteen years! She started a year-long experiment to see if she could live without money, and relied on a barter system of goods and services to get what she needed to survive.  After the success of her experiment after a year, Heidemarie was inspired to give up her possessions, job, and even her home in favor of living a nomadic life, free of a “greedy consumer society.”  She relies on the kindness of others who offer food and shelter in exchange for her services of cleaning, gardening, and other skills.

I’m really intrigued by her success.  For me, giving up everything would be too big a step to take toward a minimalist life.  However, I definitely see the appeal and the freedom she has gained as a result of her extreme minimalism.  Personally, I have too much going on at the ripe age of 24, and I still have debts to pay off and a family to raise (at some undetermined point in the future!) so I need an actual, physical home base.  Maybe when I am 69 years old like Heidemarie, I can give up everything and travel with that incredible freedom!

Giving it all up isn’t for everyone, but reducing spending and consumerism is a wonderful and rewarding aspect of minimalism.  Personally, I have begun focusing on the things I want to do instead of the things I want to have, and that is very freeing for me.  By reducing spending on “Stuff,” I am able to save up for the things I do truly want to have a place in my life, and I can invest in experiences that will give me lifelong memories that don’t take up any physical space!

Has anyone else improved their life by curbing their spending habits? Comment below!

4 thoughts on “Current events: Life without cash

    • Caitlin says:

      Thanks for the link! I think I did find it when I was writing my post on her in response to the article I found. I speak zero German but I might look into Google translate. Tomorrow’s post will be about Google🙂

  1. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the link! Read your story on Miss Minimalist had to come over. Love the story about Mrs Heidemarie I have been cutting back and downsizing in every way possible. I’m finally down one card I’m paying off I thought I would never get there. I feel wonderful the great thing is the freedom that comes with the simple life. If only I would have years earlier had this mind set some of the situations I got myself in would not have occured.

    • Caitlin says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Good job getting your debt under control🙂 I finally paid off my credit card a couple months ago and it felt so good!

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