One of my favorite writers, Henry David Thoreau, wrote how he could think of no greater waste of a life “working” just to make a living. He was known to just work two weeks out of the year doing odd jobs like teaching and working in his family’s pencil factory, and then spending the rest of his time LIVING (writing). This is a life to be LIVED, not drudged away at some soul sucking job.
You may think you can save more money by working more hours, but the fact is that you won’t save one penny more. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. If you endured a terrible workplace environment and great disappointments at work on the current pay period, you will end up spending the same amount in “money” that you endured in “soul sucking work.” If your head is frustrated with things you endured at work, you will “retaliate” with you VISA/Mastercard at the stores.
You will buy expensive new clothes, accessories, and go out to “treat yourself” to a fine dining establishment, which will eat up all of your earnings, then savings, and then some. Don’t fall into the trap of becoming a “consumer”. That is such a negative word that economists use to describe Americans…”consumers”. We should be “livers” (new word). The fact that our government considers all of its citizens “consumers” is such a disgrace.
Any other of your necessities like shampoo, laundry detergent, medicines (like Benadryl, Nasal Spray, Aspirin) etc. can be taken care of at the local dollar stores (of which there are plenty wherever you live). The less expensive your “items” are, the freer you will feel. And the happier you will feel. For example, I owned a rather expensive “Movado” watch which I purchased during the times I was “unconscious”. I always worried about it if it would get misplaced. At the gym, I did not know what to do with it because I was afraid it would get stolen in my gym locker. So I just gave it to my father, who cherished it because it seemed such a wonderful gesture for a son to give his father such a nice “watch”. I felt great about giving it away, and then even better because I had one less thing to “worry about” losing or damaging. And then I went out and bought a $1 watch from the dollar store, which works just as well (telling the time), and I have no fear at all of losing it. Nobody will want to steal it, and I would not care at all if I lost it or if it got damaged.
The other place I can think of which could close any other loop of any large purchase is the local yard sales. My block alone had three on one day last year. It was just amazing because I did not even need a car or bike to get there. And they “gave away” pretty much everything! For a dollar. A new toaster (one dollar). A fancy breadmaker (one dollar). It is another source of your being able to buy your own freedom from a soul sucking job, one dollar at a time.