Carefully planning for a future retirement brings about many thoughts and idea’s moving forward. One of the most important questions I constantly ask myself during the course of the day is, “Do I really need to make this purchase”. Whether it’s on Amazon or just out and about.
A minimalist lifestyle is one where the only purchases that need to be made are made through the desire of obtaining true needs and not so much wants. Usually the lunch I bring to work is the leftovers of a homemade dinner from the night before. On occasions I don’t have those leftovers and I am left with choices to purchase lunch. I am quickly learning that the average cost of a decent meal in the “eating out” world can cost upwards of $10.00. I have even spent close to $14.00 for two eggs, a piece of sausage and some hash browns and they will throw in two pieces of toast. Ridiculous! I have found that just making a few PB&J sandwiches brings out the same level of joy at lunchtime and it is far less costly.
One of the best ways to plan for the future is taking a good look at the past. It’s funny how quickly we learn our mistakes by gathering items for a yard sale. Yes, there are so many purchases that I have made that I thought would bring me value or joy, only to throw it into a box to sell for 10% of what was spent on it. I do like purchasing items on Amazon so it was easy to view my past orders. I was actually shocked when I considered what I could have gained in my savings account by not purchasing those things at all.
Planning for retirement is not just an adventure to reaching a goal, but is also a method of creating a new lifestyle. With an obvious reduction of monthly income there will also be the need for simple reduction. This needs to be put into perspective as I redefine my needs and wants. My needs will be obvious like food, clean water, shelter, healthcare and clothing. The wants will be the furniture for the retirement home, the ability to travel. The quality of life will be built around a social life and spending time with family.
As these next 44 months pass I am sure that there will be many lessons learned that will be fuel for developing that new lifestyle in retirement.