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Photo Credit: Tax Credits, Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Tax Credits, Creative Commons

I’ve been worrying about money a lot lately. It’s probably unwarranted, given the fact that I have all of my basic needs met, and haven’t missed a meal, well, ever — but when I look around my life I can’t help but see a few things I need, and even more things I want, and it makes me feel frustrated that I can’t afford to buy any of them.

I use the word “broke” really intentionally. We’re not poor. We’re just in one of those seasons where things seem extra tight, and we feel extra frustrated by the lack of freedom we have financially.

But the more I obsess over it, the more I realized that living with less is actually a blessing. Here’s why.

1. It grows my creativity

When resources are limited, I have to get creative. I believe this creativity is not disconnected from my artistic creativity. My husband and I have been searching old warehouses for useful materials, making a coffee table from an old elevator pulley. We’re also working on crafting a bed frame out of salvaged wood pallets, building a bookshelf, and refinishing a dresser we found at a thrift store.

2. It limits stupid spending

As much as I hate to admit it, when I have money, I’m more likely to spend it — and spend it impulsively. I end up buying things that are enjoyable for a time, but that a few years down the road are probably going to be sitting in my garage, or in a storage unit, or at Goodwill, unused. Having limited finances forces me to really think before I make any purchases.