No, this isn’t something you can find by backpacking through Europe or going to a yoga class. Financial peace comes from being able to sleep soundly, without having to constantly worry about making ends meet. It’s about making peace with your financial situation, living within your means, and being happy with what you have. Cut where you can to spend on what you want. Ruth at Living Well Spending Less has some tips that have helped her:
Give Freely– Give more of yourself and more of your time. When I finally started volunteering, it became abundantly clear that this was exactly where I was supposed to be. And although sometimes it is hard and exhausting and a lot of work, it has also changed my perspective about what is important. It is impossible to feel sorry for yourself when you are actively working to serve others.
Less is More Our consumer-driven culture is SO engrained in this idea of more, more, more. Bigger houses, better cars, wider televisions with more channels, the very latest gadgets and electronics. As Dave Ramsey puts it, “we spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.” Our thoughts are so consumed by wanting that next big thing that we rarely take the time to even enjoy what we already have.