During my junior year of college I was lucky enough to spend a semester living in Barcelona. I attempted to speak Spanish Catalan, learned that I loved olives, and soaked up all that was new and different about the five different countries I was able to visit. One of the things that I learned during my travels, besides the fact that wine that costs 85 euro-cents will give you a massive hangover, was that the majority of the world lives on a heck of a lot less than we greedy Americans do. I know, I know, this is old news. But being on the budget of a grad school grandma has given me a new appreciation for the whole “less is more” approach taken by so many other countries. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m living in a cardboard box or anything but I have tempered my ebay addiction and am beginning to learn the value of buying the Publix brand (gasp!). In what ways do you try to live the “less is more” approach? Have any money saving tips for a 24 year old with a penchant for online shopping?
What I would give to have this view again! Minus the screaming daycare children and the pet shop on the ground floor.