I have a list of fool-proof ways to help you get rich quick, just by reading this article. I guarantee that you’ll feel richer in no time!
I hope I have your attention! But here’s the thing. Although there is a fantastic movement sweeping the United States right now, calling for more mindful spending, reducing clutter, experiences over stuff, and quality over quantity, at some basic level, it is HARD to let go of our stuff and our habits! I think a big part of this hesitancy is wondering if we were to whole-heartedly adopt a minimalist (or even quasi-minimalist) lifestyle, would we be forfeiting our chances of “making it” or “getting ahead” and being able to live a full life into retirement. We say we don’t care about ever being rich, but maybe we do after all…
But then again, what is “being rich?”
If you’re struggling with this, or something similar, I’d like to provide you with a short list of easy ways to get rich quick, so you can happily move forward on your journey of living an inspired and intentional lifestyle. By following these steps, you’ll realize you, too, can get rich quick!
Eat leftovers for lunch.
Um, what?! How does eating leftovers help me get rich? Start with the obvious conclusion that if you’re eating leftovers, you’re not spending money on lunch. But there’s a lot more to this. Think about it. You have leftovers. This means you a.) had dinner last night, and b.) you had more than enough food on the table, so much so that you had to pack it into cute little glass containers and store it in the fridge overnight. The fridge that is in your kitchen, that has electricity running to it so your excess of food doesn’t spoil. Not everyone does! I’m especially reminded of my extended family enduring the ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela right now. See where I’m going with this? Feeling rich yet?
Consider becoming a minimalist.
Like, on purpose. Because you will have to downsize and get rid of a lot of your stuff. Stuff you could choose to keep. Space you could choose to fill. Or you could rent additional space to fill it with more stuff. Minimalism appeals to my senses and fits our family’s goals, but I must remind myself it’s a choice. The majority of people practicing minimalism in the world do it out of necessity. As in they own 3 pair of pants because that’s all they can afford. They live with their extended family in a 500 square foot living space because that’s what is available. (Bonus resource: Check out Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix.) Feeling rich yet?
Drink tap water.
I realize that some of you live in areas of the US where the tap water is less than desirable, but generally speaking, and certainly in the several states I’ve personally lived in in my lifetime, the water than comes out directly from the faucet is safe, clean, and tastes just fine. You can use tap water to refill your glass or plastic water bottles to take on the go, and to put in the fridge if you want super cold refreshment. Save money and recycling by skipping the disposable water bottles from the supermarket. Here’s the kicker: Be conscious of the fact that many people across the globe do not have access to clean drinking water, period. They may have to travel quite a distance on foot to retrieve small amounts of water that Americans wouldn’t deem as healthy or even safe to drink. It may be contaminated by garbage or even human and animal waste. It may be full of parasites and amoebas that can make you very sick, or may cause death. From drinking water. If you have safe drinking water piped into your very own living space, you can go ahead and start feeling rich!
Run your own errands and do your own housework.
Have you ever daydreamed about having a personal assistant to go to the grocery store or pharmacy for you, or to help you cook, clean and do your laundry? For a price, you can! If you do these boring and inconvenient tasks yourself, you can save some pennies. Let’s dig deeper. If you’re thinking about managing your housework, you probably a.) have a living space that is large enough to experience disorganization, b.) have a washer and dryer in your living space, or at least access to ones, and c.) food in the fridge and pantry, just waiting to be cooked, and you didn’t have to hunt and forage for it. If you’re thinking about running errands, you probably a.) have a car with gas in it, or access to public transportation at a reasonable cost, b.) your pharmacy is stocked with the medication your doctor (who you also have access to) has prescribed, and c.) you can choose from several grocery stores and markets, all brimming with inventory, or better yet, just place your order online and swing by to have someone else place your bags in your trunk for you! Feeling rich yet?
Aligned with the aforementioned minimalist mindset, capsule wardrobes challenge you to use only a set number of pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories for a certain period of time. There are some great benefits to using a capsule wardrobe in the short or long term: more mindful spending, gratefulness for what you already have and love, saving money, and reduction of stress when getting dressed in the morning. In fact, I’m in the middle of a challenge right now, and loving it! But think about it. If in reality, I only truly need 10 or 33 or whatever items in my closet, and I have way more than that, more that I could ever use, I’m living in abundance. By definition, if I have more than I need, I am richer than most people in the world. (Bonus resources: Check out these blogs about using a capsule wardrobe: Classy Yet Trendy and Be More With Less – Project 333.)
Cut your cable or satellite TV service.
By subscribing to Netflix, Hulu, or another internet based streaming service, for example, you may spend less than $15/month for ample access to movies and programming, rather than paying upwards of $100/month for cable or satellite service, when you only watch a handful of the channels! That’s money back in your pocket, which is just plain smart. But look around your home. Count how many TVs (maybe even smart TVs!), tablets, laptops, and phones you have. If you counted to one or more, you probably also have electricity and (wireless, how fancy!) internet service, too. Don’t take these services for granted! Are you feeling rich yet?
If you live near someone else who works in the same area of town (or goes to church with you, etc.), consider carpooling to save gas, reduce your impact on the environment, and enjoy actual human conversation. You read that right, I know, it’s a radical idea. Plus, you’ll have to leave your own vehicle in your own enclosed garage, unused, all day. See where I’m heading with this? Friends, we are way too comfortable! Are you feeling rich yet?
Hang your clothes out to dry.
If you’re considering this option as a way to save money, it means you also have the option of using your own clothes dryer, which is probably situated inside of a cute laundry room, inside of your home. As in, a room who’s sole purpose is to house appliances and dirty clothes. It probably even has a door to shut out the noise and a light inside it to illuminate its activities. At the very least, you have access to a washer and dryer in a common place, where you can provide clean clothes for your family. Feeling rich yet?
Decide between public school, private school and home school for your kiddos.
Depending on where you live, and what your work schedule and desired lifestyle allows, you may be making the tough decision regarding the best education for your children. I’m not making light of this decision–believe me, I know! My family has re-evaluated what’s best for our daughter a number of times over the past several years. Here’s the take-away: You have options. If your kids have access to education (in a variety of ways!) without the threat of danger or needing to stay home to work the fields or take care of the babies, you are well-to-do! Don’t sweat the fact that your child isn’t the valedictorian of the most prestigious academy in the state. Feeling rich yet?
Adjust the thermostat.
By setting your climate-controlled living space slightly outside of the most comfortable temperature, you can save quite a bit of money each month. To do this activity, you will need: a living space, an HVAC system, electricity and the means to pay for it, a variety of clothing options to make yourself comfortable, and perhaps an additional humidifier in the winter to offset the artificial heat that is pumped through your house automatically. Feeling rich yet?
What did I tell you? By following these easy steps, you would get rich quick by the end of this article? How did I do?
Do you feel rich yet? If you’re still in doubt, plug in your annual income to the Global Rich List to see where you rank among all the inhabitants of the world…are you in the top 5%? Maybe even 1%?
It’s probably safe to go ahead and make whatever decisions you’d like to implement related to cutting back, getting out of the rat race, and adopting a slower pace of life, if that is your goal. It doesn’t matter…you will still be in the top 5% of the world based on income!
Before I close, please take to heart these statistics, found on GlobalIssues.org (many more on their website):
- Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
- Based on enrollment data, about 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005; 57 per cent of them were girls. And these are regarded as optimistic numbers.
- Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
- Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
- 1.8 billion people who have access to a water source within 1 kilometre, but not in their house or yard, consume around 20 litres per day. In the United Kingdom the average person uses more than 50 litres of water a day flushing toilets (where average daily water usage is about 150 liters a day. The highest average water use in the world is in the US, at 600 liters day.)
- Close to half of all people in developing countries suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
- Millions of women spending several hours a day collecting water.
- For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3).
- In developing countries some 2.5 billion people are forced to rely on biomass—fuelwood, charcoal and animal dung—to meet their energy needs for cooking.
If you are reading this blog, you can rest assured that you really can’t go wrong in making intentional decisions for your family and that your risk of losing your chances of “making it” or “getting ahead” is very low! Spoiler alert: You probably started off “ahead” (albeit from “modest” beginnings), and will be “ahead” for your whole life!
I’d encourage you to embrace the “big picture” and watch out for ways to contribute back to those who are truly struggling around us and around the world! We have a lot to give and nothing to lose!
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Matthew 16:26
Gracia y paz,
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