I know the movie, “Pursuit of Happiness” has been out for quite some time but I just recently watched it this weekend. I think it’s a must see for all those saving money and living a frugal lifestyle. This is a very touching and powerful movie. After watching, my husband and I looked around and said, “We truly are ‘rich’ with our living situation.”
We live in a very small apartment. Mostly by choice but also because we live in California. California sure is expensive and the cost of living just keeps going up while our income does not. Our apartment has one bedroom, one bath, small living room, kitchen, and out of nowhere a large walk-in closet. There are three of us in our family, myself, my husband and my 7 year old son. We all share the bedroom. It’s a very cozy living space.
One of our main goals is to see how little we can live off of to get by comfortably. Once seeing the Pursuit of Happiness, we realized that we are living really comfortable. The father in the movie struggles every day to provide for his son. Each and every morning he wakes up, he is not certain of what he will do for money or where the two will sleep that night. At one point he only has $22 to his name and no hope of income in sight.
It just makes me think of how much more we could do without to live simpler and cheaper. I would like to know that no matter what, our family can survive on a very small income and still be happy. I see big things for us in the future but being young I’d like our family to learn this valuable lesson.
I have taken huge advantage of spending money frivolously. There was a point in time when the three of us had to live at my parent’s house because I lost my job. I took full advantage of not having any bills. I spent my money on anything and everything I wanted. I didn’t save much except for just enough to get into another apartment. I can just imagine if I was smarter I would have saved so much more money at that time.
Pursuit of Happiness is also about following your dreams and making them come true no matter how hard the circumstances may be. I would really like to create goals and dreams that my family can follow in the next couple of years. # 1 being to save for a house.
I think there are so many ways to cut living expenses and save more. I'm going to spend this month trying to do just that. How little can a family live on? Well, in the movie the father and son did get by on $22 by utilizing free resources such as shelters. We are so blessed that we are able to take care of our son and make him feel safe in a nice comfortable environment.