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(NBC News)   Meet the people who want to be poor. "When I buy something I get this depressed feeling"   (inplainsight.nbcnews.com) divider line 37
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2013-10-13 11:40:09 PM
4 votes:
While the guy who lives in the Hobbit hole is taking things to an extreme, I think some people are beginning to realize that many of us have gone way too far in trying to accumulate things - luxurious cars, bigger home and more crap to fill up that home. It no longer makes us happy. In fact, owning too much stuff makes us unhappy. We're sold a dream that has turned into a nightmare. One of the fastest growing industries in the last decade has been the self-storage industry. Even though our homes are getting bigger and bigger, we're buying so much crap we don't have anywhere to store it anymore.

I thought the 2008 recession would have taught us valuable lessons about overspending, but here it is, 5 years later and it seems that we didn't learn a thing. I used to bring up the topic of "voluntary simplicity" in casual conversation before, but it doesn't seem to be something very many people want to hear. Talk about the latest reality show, however, and people are all ears. Oh well...
2013-10-14 02:06:34 AM
3 votes:
Stories like this piss me off.  Not because the dude is being douchetastic about his anti-consumer life choices.  This is America, douche it up all you want.
No, I get annoyed because for every one of these "look how cool I'm living being poor" guys there is someone else paying the freight for his choices.  In the first dude's case, it was his family.  Ya think maybe it would have been better for them if mom and dad stayed married and provided a stable household?  How much child support is he contributing to the raising of his kids only pulling down $5,000 a year?

While reading the article I kept wondering how the guy could afford the actual land to live the way he did.  Then the article came out with it: ""I like being able to do what I want to do," said Price, who pays $100 a year for his land."  Bingo!  As usual, douche relies on kindness / subsidies from others to make his lifestyle plausible.  That's not rejecting materialism, that's being a goddamn leech.

Look, get a mortgage or don't get a mortgage.  You don't want to work a normal job?  I don't blame you, normal jobs suck.  Debt sucks.  Mortgages suck.  Live by your own code, and via con dios.  But at least try to live a zero sum game.  Don't get all high and mighty if you're leeching off others to make ends meet.
2013-10-14 12:22:00 AM
3 votes:
I'd be willing to wager that he has more money to his name than the majority of people on this site, what with the crippling debt normal people seem to enjoy.

/I'm poor because I'm willing to wager.
2013-10-13 11:40:07 PM
3 votes:
That's $5000 a  year. $416 and change a month. I too would like to know how he travels and lives in Hawaii every winter. Did he use his macbook air to learn 1 weird trick that airlines hate and flys to Hawaii for free?
2013-10-13 11:30:07 PM
3 votes:
Sounds like the author is trying to grasp for straws and claiming that people are "choosing poverty", based upon the actions of one Hipster who read a book and acted upon the suggestions in that book.
2013-10-13 11:26:31 PM
3 votes:
I am poor, and I totally get depressed when I have to spend my limited funds on just about anything. Spending money physically hurts :(
2013-10-14 03:23:01 AM
2 votes:
If I were rich I'd totally have a hermit living in a cave on my estate. Every day I'd stroll down to receive a pearl of wisdom from my hermit.
2013-10-14 02:37:10 AM
2 votes:

BigJake: I don't wanna be intentionally poor but I can see the appeal of not buying shiat becuase society says you should. Why would you work your ass off all week so you can afford a house so that you then must spend a big chunk of the weekend maintaining?


Meh. I'm a pretty ascetic person -- like, comically so. But home ownership is one of the few things I'd recommend without hesitation to anybody who could afford it.

Buy only within your means, and remember that it's a home and not an "investment" or a status symbol, and owning a house can actually be a pretty rewarding experience. Yeah, you'll put some time into maintaining it. But, I've never minded doing that stuff. If anything, it's nice to be able to fix things when and how you like....complete "creative control" over your physical living environment. Worth every penny, as far as I'm concerned.
2013-10-14 02:02:15 AM
2 votes:
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2013-10-14 01:05:15 AM
2 votes:

Gyrfalcon: BigJake: I don't wanna be intentionally poor but I can see the appeal of not buying shiat becuase society says you should. Why would you work your ass off all week so you can afford a house so that you then must spend a big chunk of the weekend maintaining?

Quite honestly, I've always lived pretty close to the bone by not buying this year's fancy tech just because. You don't HAVE to have the latest model of iPod, tablet, TV or whatever, shop at hi-end department stores, etc. If I could find a Bookaholics Anonymous, I'd spend even less. Alas, light reading has gotten pretty damn expensive in the last few years.


I wish there were a place that would let you come in, find a good book, take it home, and then bring it back when you were done reading it.  It would be even cooler if it were FREE.

I guess a guy can dream.
2013-10-14 12:04:39 AM
2 votes:
I don't wanna be intentionally poor but I can see the appeal of not buying shiat becuase society says you should. Why would you work your ass off all week so you can afford a house so that you then must spend a big chunk of the weekend maintaining?
2013-10-14 12:04:03 AM
2 votes:

Aranur: That's $5000 a  year. $416 and change a month. I too would like to know how he travels and lives in Hawaii every winter. Did he use his macbook air to learn 1 weird trick that airlines hate and flys to Hawaii for free?


$416 a month? That's less than half of what my mom pays for her health insurance alone.

...

I hate America.
2013-10-13 11:59:21 PM
2 votes:
In a hole in the ground there lived a bum. A nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell.
2013-10-13 11:40:21 PM
2 votes:

Gyrfalcon: During the winter, he decamps to Hawaii to surf and avoid the harsh weather. Price's version of the simple life costs $5,000 a year,

Uh....okay. So he's a bum.

I'm assuming that his plan, if he gets seriously ill, is to just die? Because he can't afford to get sick in any way that won't cost a lot more than that.


Uh, no, you just go the the ER.  It's okay to skip on the bill and pass the cost onto paying folks- Mitt said this is how healthcare is supposed to work.
2013-10-13 11:29:14 PM
2 votes:
This deserves a Asinine tag.
2013-10-13 11:27:12 PM
2 votes:
During the winter, he decamps to Hawaii to surf and avoid the harsh weather. Price's version of the simple life costs $5,000 a year,

Uh....okay. So he's a bum.

I'm assuming that his plan, if he gets seriously ill, is to just die? Because he can't afford to get sick in any way that won't cost a lot more than that.
2013-10-14 09:57:24 PM
1 votes:

Fade2black: radarlove: Gyrfalcon: During the winter, he decamps to Hawaii to surf and avoid the harsh weather. Price's version of the simple life costs $5,000 a year,

Uh....okay. So he's a bum.

I'm assuming that his plan, if he gets seriously ill, is to just die? Because he can't afford to get sick in any way that won't cost a lot more than that.

Uh, no, you just go the the ER.  It's okay to skip on the bill and pass the cost onto paying folks- Mitt said this is how healthcare is supposed to work.

The same Mitt that brought universal state run healthcare to Massachusetts?  My my, the retards are out strong today.

/you got your healthcare, you can stop the derp now.


Actually, I don't have jack shiat.  My wife an I are too poor to qualify for Obamacare and too guilt-ridden to take any other kind of government assistance.  People like us won't have any healthcare other than the ER until this country turns to truly socialized medicine.

We are the people that you all like to forget, and who you look away from when you see us begging for food on the street.

So take your derp and shove it right up your privileged, fed, clean ass.
2013-10-14 08:11:04 AM
1 votes:

GreenSun: What a dumbass. If you've got the money, then use it to have a comfortable life! You don't need to experience other people's sufferings just to be able to say that you have a kind heart or that you can feel for them. That's overly dramatic, unnecessary, and idiotic. You earn money to have a good life, not to suffer from self-induced poverty.


The thing is, he's not suffering. And his message to poor people isn't, "Oh what I terrible life you have! I feel so sorry for you with my big huge heart." His message to poor people is, "What's the problem, dude?"
That's a pretty patronizing message, as the article (I thought) tried to make clear. It's a lot easier to decide something doesn't make you happy if you have it and can make a choice. It's probably not so easy if all you get is advertisers telling you "Buy this! It will make you happy!", and you can never buy it.
2013-10-14 06:05:02 AM
1 votes:
I would like to LIVE on $500/month, but MAKE $60K/year.
2013-10-14 04:43:14 AM
1 votes:

FarkfaceVonClownstick: Look, get a mortgage or don't get a mortgage.  You don't want to work a normal job?  I don't blame you, normal jobs suck.  Debt sucks.  Mortgages suck.  Live by your own code, and via con dios.  But at least try to live a zero sum game.  Don't get all high and mighty if you're leeching off others to make ends meet.

You mean like  this guy?



Yeah pretty much. Most of the people who claim to be happy being poor, who live a "free spirit" lifestyle are able to do so only because of financial help of others. Sometimes it's direct, like a trust fund or parents or friends that help you out whenever you need, sometimes it's indirect like taking advantage of social services or other things really not intended for you. Often, it involves shirking your responsibilities.

Generally people who are actually poor, are not very happy with it and are not that way because they want to be. They would rather be able to have enough money to pay for any unexpected needs, to meet all their obligations, and all that kind of stuff they just don't.

Also, none of this really has to do with non-materialism or anything like that. It is perfectly possible to work a job, be responsible, and not be materialistic. In fact I know some people like this, and generally what they do is give as much of their money as possible to worthwhile causes (what qualifies as worthwhile varies person-to-person). Nobody says you have to spend the money you make on stupid shiat, you are perfectly free to save it, to give it to others, to spend it improving the world, whatever you like.

People like this just use antimaterialism as an excuse to act immature and not to take any responsibility. It's not that he's happy with being poor, rather it's that he doesn't want to be responsible for his family or his actions and this is an excuse to act irresponsibly.
2013-10-14 02:31:07 AM
1 votes:

I haven't gone that far but lately but I have decided to just paint the town beige...

http://youtu.be/VN3wDgpuQ-I

2013-10-14 02:21:35 AM
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: During the winter, he decamps to Hawaii to surf and avoid the harsh weather. Price's version of the simple life costs $5,000 a year,

Uh....okay. So he's a bum.

I'm assuming that his plan, if he gets seriously ill, is to just die? Because he can't afford to get sick in any way that won't cost a lot more than that.


For that matter, exactly how is he affording to stay in Hawaii on this money? Tent on the beach, maybe, but where is he getting his food? And the airfare alone probably eats $1000..... I call shenanigans.

and sick nothing, he's surfing in Hawaii, what happens when he hurts himself on a rock or gets in the way of a hurricane? Oh right, all the rest of us pay it in jacked up insurance costs cause the hospital has to treat him for nothing.

The /real/ poor can't afford to quit working and go to Hawaii, either. They're trapped in their rent on little places trying to actually support their families, not able to wander off to some cutesy hobbit hole and let their estranged family pick up their slack. (Or for many poor men, they're either dead or in jail, so the women have no choice but to raise the kids.) They couldn't GET a mortgage if they tried, or a job that actually pays a living wage.

/seriously, $5000 a year? I pay more than that just in insurance and prescription meds.
//also not willing to live in a "house" or "apartment" so tiny I'll have claustrophobic freakouts every time I try to stand up.
2013-10-14 01:17:20 AM
1 votes:

radarlove: Gyrfalcon: BigJake: I don't wanna be intentionally poor but I can see the appeal of not buying shiat becuase society says you should. Why would you work your ass off all week so you can afford a house so that you then must spend a big chunk of the weekend maintaining?

Quite honestly, I've always lived pretty close to the bone by not buying this year's fancy tech just because. You don't HAVE to have the latest model of iPod, tablet, TV or whatever, shop at hi-end department stores, etc. If I could find a Bookaholics Anonymous, I'd spend even less. Alas, light reading has gotten pretty damn expensive in the last few years.

I wish there were a place that would let you come in, find a good book, take it home, and then bring it back when you were done reading it.  It would be even cooler if it were FREE.

I guess a guy can dream.


Library books come with free bed bugs these days.
2013-10-14 01:11:12 AM
1 votes:

Atomic Spunk: DogBlack: Ker_Thwap: I wouldn't believe in mortgages and rent either if I could hook up with some land for $100 a year, where I could ignore the building code.
 You don't have to build to code for a structure under 20 sf.  It's called a "structure of no consequence."  It means basically if you build a shed or some such don't worry about it.

DogBlack: Whoops. 200 sf.

Building codes vary by municipality. This rule doesn't apply where I live, and I'd be willing to bet that applies to other places as well.


True. Our city requires building plans and proof of hurricane resistant building for our yard sheds. Actual architect plans, not just the plans that come with a building kit.....
2013-10-14 12:50:09 AM
1 votes:
I get depressed because I have limited funds and out of nowhere I have to pay for something unexpected that I don't want or can't afford.  Like a MRI that my insurance barely covers.  Or a new computer when my craps out.  Or when I need to get some business clothes, even if it's at Goodwill.  Not because I like being poor.  If I wasn't poor these purchases wouldn't bring me down.
2013-10-14 12:30:04 AM
1 votes:
I bet he's happier than most of us.
2013-10-14 12:17:39 AM
1 votes:

DogBlack: Ker_Thwap: I wouldn't believe in mortgages and rent either if I could hook up with some land for $100 a year, where I could ignore the building code.
 You don't have to build to code for a structure under 20 sf.  It's called a "structure of no consequence."  It means basically if you build a shed or some such don't worry about it.


DogBlack: Whoops. 200 sf.


Building codes vary by municipality. This rule doesn't apply where I live, and I'd be willing to bet that applies to other places as well.
2013-10-14 12:14:01 AM
1 votes:
I'd be interested to know what his relationship with his two children is like.
2013-10-13 11:57:14 PM
1 votes:
I wouldn't believe in mortgages and rent either if I could hook up with some land for $100 a year, where I could ignore the building code.
2013-10-13 11:41:44 PM
1 votes:
He wants to live like common people I s'pose.

See whatever they see.

Maybe sleep with them, who knows?
2013-10-13 11:35:47 PM
1 votes:
I was poor before it became cool.
2013-10-13 11:34:06 PM
1 votes:

TV's Vinnie: He's living on $5000 a month. That is NOT f*cking poor!

Try living on $550 a month and $17 in food stamps (on average) like most people on assistance do, ya poser! Till then, you're just camping out.


Uhhh, that's $5000 a year.
2013-10-13 11:32:10 PM
1 votes:
He's living on $5000 a month. That is NOT f*cking poor!

Try living on $550 a month and $17 in food stamps (on average) like most people on assistance do, ya poser! Till then, you're just camping out.
2013-10-13 11:30:06 PM
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: During the winter, he decamps to Hawaii to surf and avoid the harsh weather. Price's version of the simple life costs $5,000 a year,

Uh....okay. So he's a bum.

I'm assuming that his plan, if he gets seriously ill, is to just die? Because he can't afford to get sick in any way that won't cost a lot more than that.


Wait, how much does it cost to just up and jet to Hawaii for an entire season or two? Is this an extremely cheap method of living that I'm missing out on?
2013-10-13 11:29:56 PM
1 votes:
I think everyone who's ever had to pay rent can see the appeal of moving into a hole in the ground.
2013-10-13 11:29:22 PM
1 votes:
i get depressed when i cant buy something i need.

wtf?
2013-10-13 09:52:19 PM
1 votes:
media2.s-nbcnews.com

Poor? Looks to me like he wants to be a Hobbit.
 
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