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The best advice for living below your means

Don't be misled by clever marketers.

By Karen Datko Sep 30, 2009 4:15AM

Sara at On Simplicity simply states what she calls the "cold, hard truth": "Advertising sucks. ... It's engineered to make you feel like you're incomplete, that you have an unfulfilled need, that you're not good enough."

Eluding ubiquitous advertising is one of the "18 means for living below your means" at Marc and Angel Hack Life, a blog that features compilations of valuable tips to deal with life's vexing problems.

This particular post draws on some of the blogging world's best thinking on the keystone of financial health.

Once again, Marc and Angel do not disappoint.

For all 18, read the post, which includes:

From Frugal Dad: Redefine "rich." "Frugal Dad" remembers keeping a photo of the SUV he wanted to buy in his cubicle at his first job. It was long ago replaced with pictures of his children. He says that "my definition of being rich is having enough money to meet my family's basic needs, a few of our wants, and to be able to give some away to others."

From Billionaire Woman: Maybe it's time to find our inner child -- the one who had more fun playing with an empty box than the fancy toy that came with the box. "How is it that children can enjoy themselves without a lot of stuff, but we as adults feel the need to reward ourselves by buying more stuff?"

From Simple Mom: Cash is best. "Many bank accounts provide overdraft protection, so even with a debit card, it's easier to go over your account balance than you think."

Published Oct. 30, 2008



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