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You may have inspired me to start a blog with this post…
Also, your point that frugality isn’t the end in and of itself is a very important concept that lots of FIRE blogs kind of miss. One of the reasons your blog has been so interesting to me is that you’re really not personal finance nerd (not that good old fashioned MMM frugality can’t sometimes be satisfying). I can relate to the fact that you don’t really derive pleasure just from the act of being frugal. You’ve recognized the value of frugality in the context of a FIRE lifestyle, but you’ve also recognized that, at the end of the day, the frugality “game” isn’t the most rewarding thing in the world.
If I could convince myself that being frugal is The Most Satisfying Thing, my life would probably be easier. It certainly seems like some bloggers believe this (MMM), but I can’t do it. I realize that not spending money on bullshit is important if I want to RE, and as a result I have a pretty high SR. I’m proud of that.
But like you said, the reason for my high SR is not because having a high SR is satisfying in itself. It’s a means to and end. The Livingafi blog is a super important part of the FIRE literature out there right now because (in my opinion) most consumers out there considering FIRE lean toward the Livingafi viewpoint of frugality.
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