Past Due: Radio 148 – Mailbag: Decluttering To Pay Off Student Loans
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Today we took a Mailbag question from Trey, right here in Raleigh. Trey is getting ready to graduate from seminary to pursue a full-time career in ministry. He’s looking for guidance on the minimalism movement and how his family’s pursuit of that kind of lifestyle might help them dump $25,000 in outstanding student loans.
Our discussion centered around the history of the minimalism movement. The minimalism movement and subculture have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity due to the negative results our country has experienced in the wake of the Great Recession. Research also reinforces that living with less stuff helps us focus on important relationships, and that healthy relationships create far more happiness than material items.
However, there are some downsides to living a minimalistic lifestyle – there’s a slippery slope to judgment and condemnation of others who don’t live that lifestyle. We applied the pros and cons of living this way to Trey’s situation of needing to pay off his student loan debt.
If you have a specific question, I’d be happy to answer it and further cultivate the wisdom the of Past Due Radio masses. The experiences of our listener base provide plenty of insight we all can learn from; don’t hesitate to ask – I’m happy to help!
Tammy Strobel – Tammy and her husband have created a community of people who seek to live on less; they live on only 100 items.
Adam Baker – Adam Baker and his family have been able to travel the world by maintaining few material possessions, seeking to focus on their relationships with each other and doing work they love.
Money, Possession, and Eternity – Randy Alcorn’s excellent book reviewing how materialism can stand in our way of living life to the full.
Americans Living Like Spartans – A blog post from August 2010 I wrote about the minimalism movement.