Money = No Object(s)

This is BF’s partial story.

He too, is a minimalist, but his parents (well, his father) trained him to be like that from young.

When they were kids, they weren’t poor in the sense that they were living paycheque to paycheque. They had money, they had savings, but they never spent it.

It wasn’t because his father was cheap and wanted to hoard the money, it was more that his dad hated STUFF.

He hated carrying, holding, storing and having STUFF.

He also felt thatĀ possessionsĀ in life were useless because you couldn’t eat it (note — he grew up during the war where there was no food available whatsoever).

BF joked that to his parents, Money = No Object(s)!

Here are some funny anecdotes from our conversations:

No Television

“It’s all crap on there. Sorry kids. No TV. It’s not reality, and if you want to watch TV, you go over to your cousin’s place. But it’s crap. The radio is better. And free.”

Then from not having a TV they avoided buying:

  • TV accessories
  • A couch to sit in to watch TV
  • A VCR or DVR to record things on TV or to watch videos on the TV
  • …anything the commercials were selling

No Telephone

“Why do we need a telephone for? If you want to talk to somebody, just go over and see them.”

Then from not having a telephone:

  • No phone bills
  • No actual phone to purchase
  • No long distance calls

So what did they spend their money on?

Food. And utilities to cook food. That’s it.

They bought anything they wanted to eat: duck, shrimp, fancy cakes, special wine… it was a feast.

No extra clothes, toys, or anything I ever took for granted as a kid.

Not even soccer club fees or lessons, because that would mean that you’d have to buy a soccer ball and a uniform.

To me, it’s a rather extreme lifestyle, and that’s not the brand of minimalism I’m into, but it’s interesting to hear the history of how BF developed his aversion to stuff.

Although I should mention that BF has stuff. It just is only what he really wants.


About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.