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Simple Living and the "Law of Unintended Consequences"

by Nikki Willhite

Sometimes we do things with good intentions, but in spite our good intentions, things go wrong. The outcome of our decisions surprise us, and usually not in a good way. This has become known as they "Law of Unintended Consequences."

This term is often used for political decisions, but it applies to our personal lives as well. When we invest in the stock market, we don't expect it to crash. At least we know in advance that the stock market is risky, so we can avoid it if we are not willing to take that risk.

Here are some examples of consequences to our decision that we often don't see coming and that affect our goal of simple living.

1. We buy the largest home we can afford, thinking that it will be a good investment and we will "grow" into it. We fail to realize how much money and time it will cost to maintain that home, furnish it, or keep it clean.

2. Trying to save money, we purchase a bagless vacuum cleaner. Then we discover that it has 3 filters, some hard to reach, that need frequent cleaning.  It would have saved time and aggravation to buy a few bags.

3. Wanting the "latest and greatest" we replace our old appliances with stainless steel. We soon discover how difficult they are too keep clean, becoming fingerprint experts in the process.

There are just a few examples of decisions that are made with the best intentions that backfire on our goal of simple living. So how do you avoid the "unintended consequences" of decisions that interfere with simple living goals?

Sometimes you just don't see them coming and they are hard to avoid. One of the best ways of avoiding problems is to talk to other people who have made similar decisions to see how they felt about them. Or you can do research on the Internet. You don't have to reinvent the wheel.

When it comes to buying things, there are product reviews for almost everything you want to buy on the Internet.

No matter what problem or decision you are facing, there are people that have been in your shoes. Talk to friends and family, read, and gain wisdom before making the big decisions in your life.

If you want to live a simple life, make your choices carefully. Eliminate the negative "unintended consequences" and make life more pleasurable.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!

 

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