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    I've started to adopt an attitude towards life which goes something like this:

    Everything I happen to enjoy doing is cheap or free. I don't like clubbing, pubs etc, I'd rather stay at home and watch TV. I dislike restaurants, I happen to be a fabulous cook and enjoy entertaining from the comfort of my home.

    I've experienced different things growing up. I've been traveling, I've bought expensive tickets to theatre shows and music concerts. They all end in disappointment. Sometimes when I'm out, I actually wish I was at home, curled up on the sofa watching TV or surfing the internet.

    I know this is an incredibly unhealthy attitude, but it happens to be what I enjoy. Sometimes, when I find myself overwhelmed by the stresses of life, I wonder why I even bother. What's the point?
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    rent? electricity ? gas? water etc ...

    Where's the money for that coming from.
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    Are you saying your life is perfect and that there is nothing more you could possibly ask for?
    if the answer is yes then, there is no point, and I am very envious of you.
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    Bills?
    If not now, you might need the money in the future.
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    Enjoyment?

    I love my job. I love my life. It's perfect.
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    Also, you would get BORED out your ******* mind unless you had money to do stuff.

    When you get older, and people don't have free-time what will you do with your days? lounge watching TV?
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    How old are you? You may easily get bored of it all eventually - I used to watch loads of TV and now I barely watch it, I prefer to spend time doing sports.

    As Adonis says - you will have bills to pay, rent, etc. Then if you're such a fantastic cook then you'll want to buy good ingredients. If you love TV you'll want a great TV with sound system, plus a TV licence, Sky subscription, etc.

    Internet charges and so on.

    Still, you could just spend your life on the sofa watching TV and surfing the internet, I'm sure many people do this. Fair enough if it makes you happy, but I don't understand how anyone could spend decades of their life just doing this when there is so much out there that can make you happier - a girlfriend/boyfriend (or husband/wife!), having a family, having ambition and being succesful, doing sports, being healthy and having lots of friends who enjoy your company.

    I could go on. But I won't
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    (Original post by Adonis)
    rent? electricity ? gas? water etc ...

    Where's the money for that coming from.
    A part-time minimum wage job should cover this. You don't need to work towards this. Anyone can get a low wage job without the stresses of education, training, interviews and working their way up the career ladder.
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    Well, I generally enjoy those things too... But what about your future? There's no telling what will happen to house/food/heating prices, and you may not always be in perfect health. Even if you don't have a lavish lifestyle, to some extent you do need money to keep the basic comforts you have described above. My partner gave up a very lucrative career because he hated the lifestyle (and frankly, never had time to enjoy the money anyway). But that's not to say that we don't work hard to keep paying the bills and to save up for nice house, and a nice retirement
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    A part-time minimum wage job should cover this. You don't need to work towards this. Anyone can get a low wage job without the stresses of education, training, interviews and working their way up the career ladder.
    A full-time minimum wage job would; a part-time one certainly wouldn't.

    Why not find a job you enjoy?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    A part-time minimum wage job should cover this. You don't need to work towards this. Anyone can get a low wage job without the stresses of education, training, interviews and working their way up the career ladder.
    Do you realise how mind-numbingly boring that would be? and how would a PT min wage [say £100 week] suffice?

    for rent [if you want to live somewhere semi-decent]
    for food, if you want to eat besides Netto
    etc ...

    & what makes you think that job is secure?
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    To an extent I agree but having a career nice house and living a nice lifestyle is still better in the long run
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    there is so much out there that can make you happier - a girlfriend/boyfriend (or husband/wife!), having a family, having ambition and being succesful, doing sports, being healthy and having lots of friends who enjoy your company.

    I could go on. But I won't
    That might be part of it. I have a boyfriend, love (and sex) are the best things to me and they cost nothing.

    Exercise and sports are cheap, just buy some trainers and a football and visit your local park.

    Socialising doesn't have to cost anything either.
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    also i assume you intent to retire at some point so you'll need money for that. you might want a family
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    A part-time minimum wage job should cover this. You don't need to work towards this. Anyone can get a low wage job without the stresses of education, training, interviews and working their way up the career ladder.
    I think you are underestimating how much things cost. Broadband, TV lisense, gas, electric, rent, council tax, transport, food, new stuff when things break...

    Plus minimum wage jobs are usually incredibly boring and unenjoyable.
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    You remind me of this guy:

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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    That might be part of it. I have a boyfriend, love (and sex) are the best things to me and they cost nothing.

    Exercise and sports are cheap, just buy some trainers and a football and visit your local park.

    Socialising doesn't have to cost anything either.
    Ok, so you are either a girl or gay

    in your case - become a gold digger x
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    I'm renting a place in Peckham, bills included, while I am at university. I could probably live here comfortably on 10-12k per year inedfinitely.

    But I don't want that. That life would start to feel so terrible after a couple of years.
    I want a house of my own and a family.
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    Hah, well if you'll be happy doing a menial job you will grow to utterly despise within months for minimal money then I take my hat off to you.

    I personally need more than just monging out in front of the TV day after day, living in the only crabby flat I can afford on minimum wage. Can't imagine being in my 30s and 40s and not having any money for anything beyond that — and forget the idea of having a family or even serious partner (unless you specifically go gold digging).

    I suspect you have no real idea of how much simply living in your own place costs, though. The fact you think you could sustain it on a part-time minimum wage says it all.
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    cause the things you need are not free
 
 
 
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