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The Minimalist Budget: A Practical Guide On How To Save Money, Spend Less And Live More With A Minimalist Lifestyle by [Lindstrom, Simeon]
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“Budget" - it's a meager little word, one that all too often comes after “tight”...



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... Maybe you think of this word as an adjective, something to describe a cheap and substandard car or hotel. “Budget” brings to mind rationing, a kind of money diet.

If you're like many people, budgeting is something you do with a kind of deflated spirit: budgeting means bargain bin quality and the sad sense that what you want is going to be just out of reach.

This book will try a different approach to budgeting all together.

This book will offer an expanded notion of what it means to budget. We'll look at how money is not the only resource that needs to be managed, and a “life budget” that acknowledges your emotional, behavioral, social and even spiritual capital is more likely to lead to smarter decisions.

We'll explore shopping and spending habits, identify problem areas, think about debt and make achievable goals for home, work and more. We'll look at concrete ways to put some of these principles into action, and look at resources that will keep you focused and motivated.

At the same time, this book is also about the philosophy of minimalism, not thriftiness. If you can pair your budget plan with a more nuanced understanding of your relationship with money and how it ties into how you want to live, the changes you make will be more authentic and longer lasting.

Minimalism is not about doing with less than you need. Rather, it's about finding what you need and fulfilling that need exactly, without excess. It's a subtle and easily overlooked point: to have exactly enough is not suffering. Budgeting is therefore about understanding what you need to have enough, and how best you can allocate your resources to that end.

Life is short. Money and material things can make our time on this earth better, and they can help us move closer to what we find meaningful and worthwhile. But they are not meaningful and worthwhile in themselves.

Money is a tool and how we spend it is an expression of our values and what we think is important. How much would you pay for peace of mind and the calm you get from knowing you are living well? How much of your life do you give away when you work? Of all your expenses, have you remembered to include the time you waste stressing about money?

These may seem like vague or overly philosophical questions, but they get to the root of how we earn, spend and think of money. Once we understand these roots, our efforts to save here and there not only become easier, they become more meaningful.

About the Author

Hi there! My name is Simeon and I'm a poet and a philosopher at heart, a health and fitness enthusiast by habit, a daredevil by choice, and a adrenaline junkie for life. I have a profound interest in the areas of personal and spiritual development, a deep longing for serenity, simplicity and numberless wealth, an unyielding belief in the goodness of all human beings, and an ever-growing ambition for all of us to be able to reach the height of our true potential and fully realize the dreams and visions that we have envisioned for ourselves. Some of my academic endeavors encompass the following: cognitive neuroscience, applied positive psychology, sports and exercise science, and evidence-based psychological coaching. I currently work as a life coach and health counselor with people who want to make realistic, autonomous, and lifelong changes in various areas of their lives. Above all, what I truly desire is to be a positive influence in other people's lives. So if I have played but the smallest part of changing your life for the better, if I have made but one positive impact on you, left you with some new insight, steered you in a new direction, or helped you take that next step on your journey, I will be more than satisfied. I'd like to share a short story I heard once, a few words by Les Brown which have had a profound impact on me when it comes to living life to the fullest. It goes like this: "The wealthiest place on earth is not the goldmines of the earth. No, the wealthiest place on earth is the graveyard. Because here you'll find an endless array of hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, books that were never written, songs that were never sung, inventions that were never shared, cures that were never discovered, and all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to realize their dream. The question is - if you die today, what ideas, what abilities, what talents, what gifts, what dreams would die with you?" So, if you were to leave here with nothing else, I would want to leave you with this: don't die with your music still in you. There truly is no one else who can sing your song. You are the one. Take care! /Simeon

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I have had to live on a minimalist budget my entire life, but I found some new tips and useful advice in this book. For people who aren't used to budgeting, this book gives practical advice that could help people live more frugally without feeling like their needs aren't being met or like they're missing out on everything.
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Minimalism - it's not about paring things to the bone but rather about paring things to just the level they need to be to still keep a grin on your face. Everyone and their dog knows how to avoid spending money, how to go for the cheapest option and generally scrimp and save - but this book explains something quite different. It explains how to live a life of quality with minimised outgoings. The concept is a rather groovy and Zen-esque one, but the delivery is pragmatic and very much real-world. It's a framework for thinking, a framework for budgeting that isn't just "don't spend". We're probably all familiar with the saying that if you must be miserable then it's more comfortable to be miserable in a Mercedes. This book explains that you needn't be miserable at all because of your budget constraints, whatever they may be, and it sort of explains how to be comfortable in a small Mercedes! Saving money, spending less is not all about denial.
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This book is very well written and the passion the author has for this subject shines through, which to me makes all the difference, as I feel he really cares about helping people.

I know I for one, hate to budget, as it makes me feel hemmed in and feel I am lacking, but I have to budget and in fact most of us do. The title of the book got me to buy it and I am so happy I did. Completely easy to understand, very informative and gives you everything you need to budget correctly.

Once I read the book, I came to realise, I had been budgeting wrong. Hells bells I am now saving as well!

HMM, I just have to give this book 5 stars, and honestly I highly recommend it to all.
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A Minimalist Budget stands out from other books tackling this issue, and no wonder. It is written by Simeon Lindstrom, who, by his own words, is “A poet and a philosopher at heart, a health and fitness enthusiast by habit, a daredevil by choice, and a adrenaline junkie for life.” So here is what I can tell you: expect original insights that invite you to go on an inward search, to examine why you spend the way you do and how you might initiate a change. “A minimalist budget is a particular approach to abundance and fulfillment that may seem counterintuitive to most… Minimalism encourages us to match our needs with our actions.”

Four stars.
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This is a really great guide. It teaches you about all the little things that we don't really need (which is like throwing our money down the toilet) After reading this book I have found that we can still live comfortably while still cutting things out, and believe me, after reading this book you will realize there really is so much we can cut out and so many corners we can cut to save money. Lots of outside of the box ideas. It's a motivational read. Since I have begun implementing what I have learned, my husband I, for the first time in Lord know how long, have actually been able to put some money away. So glad I found it, you will be too.
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"The Minimalist Budget" by Simeon Lindstrom is a different approach to budgeting. It's not so much about thrift as it is about changing your philosophy of what constitutes need.

The premise applies the principles of minimalism to budgeting by expanding the definition of budgeting to include the “life budget” composed of emotional, behavioral, social and even spiritual capital.

Applying the philosophy of minimalism, not thriftiness, allows you to look differently at your decisions and desires, and hopes to lead you to a more authentic life whose budget you can balance.
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I was impressed on how frankly the author conveyed his points. It inspires an honest look at how values match up with where money is spent and encourages you to bring your spending in line with what you value. It also offers some case studies where key principles in the book are applied. It does not talk in depth about getting out of debt or setting up an austerity budget rather more value based lifestyle changes. Overall, a refreshing approach to budgeting compared to your standard build a budget type books. Useful for all income levels.
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A great little number which really helps you to focus on that which you really need, and all the rest of modern day living's various trappings which are, for the most part, surplus to requirement. If you're finding that bills are getting out of hand and you need to take stock of your spending habits, then this is a must read. It'll help you break down everything into great little chucks and assess exactly what it is you really need, and what you can quite easily go without or find cheaper elsewhere.
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