Have You Become a Slave to Your Lifestyle?

by Miranda Marquit · 7 comments

As bloggers, one of our primary concerns is how many posts we should publish each week. Often, we set a schedule and then just blindly adhere to it, turning ourselves into slaves that need to feed the machine.

But this doesn’t only happen in blogging — it happens with our lifestyles, too. It’s easy to become a slave to your lifestyle if you’re not careful with your choices.

Do You Need to Keep That Job?

Among the most obvious ways you can become a slave to your lifestyle is with your job. Many of us stay in jobs we don’t like because we believe we need the money. And, of course, you feel like you can’t quit your job because you need to keep up with your lifestyle. Pretty soon, you’re stuck in a rut with your job, convinced that you need the pay, even though you aren’t that thrilled with the prospects.

In some cases, however, having a job you don’t like isn’t that big of a deal. If you don’t like the work, but you have other activities outside of the 9 to 5 that make you happy, clocking in for six to eight hours a day isn’t such a big deal.

But you still need to be careful. If you’re keeping a job because you rely on 100% of every paycheck for your financial destiny, you could be in trouble. You’ll never be able to leave, no matter how much you want to.

Have You Become a Slave to Your Image?

Are you trying to impress others with your items? It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you need to spend money to maintain a certain image or lifestyle. If you like that lifestyle, and can afford it, there isn’t anything wrong with that.

However, it might be time for a change if: you feel as though you’re backed into a corner, you’re not happy because you feel out of control, and/or you think you “have” to spend money on a laundry list of items to keep up with others.

When you start feeling like you have to work for the money to maintain your lifestyle, rather than having your money work for you, you could be falling into the position of lifestyle slavery.

Consider the Reasons Behind Your Lifestyle

To avoid becoming a slave to your lifestyle, you need to consider what motivates you. Why are you spending the way you do?

Think about the lifestyle you want to live, and consider whether or not your current job and spending habits are helping you achieve that. Instead of letting your lifestyle run you, think about how you can take control and do what you want to do.

Have you become a slave to your lifestyle? Why or why not?

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  • Inspired Shopper says:

    Working full time provides huge temptations to spend money, often as a way of buying extra time. Whether it’s buying lunches and takeaway dinners, driving to work, paying someone to clean your house because you’re too tired – the list goes on.

    Not everyone can afford to go part time or change to a more satisfying job, but with some discipline it’s possible to reduce at least some of the hidden expenses of working. That way you can gain some control of your life by saving towards your lifestyle/study/business goals sooner.

  • Kate says:

    I wll be retiring in the spring and it`s about time, too. I will be moving to Ahepa Apartments, which are limited to those 65 and older, and charge you 30% of your gross income to live (my mom pays $150 a month) for a nice little apartment that`s big enough if you live alone, plus a cat or dog deposit which is well worth it. They have a community room and a very good management including a staff member (a sight-impaired veteran) who knows all about the benefits available and will help me keep my papers in order. I have spent my life up to now travelling and writing for sports websites, I have met lots of cool racing drivers and stood on all 7 continents before I turned 22; and I have never owned much of anything, and nothing that I couldn`t leave behind except the cat. I have a lot of style, but it doesn`t cost me anything except for a good haircut and colour every 6 weeks. Life is a cabaret.

  • Holly Thrifty says:

    I’m dependant on my paycheck but not a slave to it. I’m certainly not keeping up with the Jones’s because as we all know–they are broke, it was all about appearances.

    But I am worried about my lifestyle as I age. I want to save enough money that I am in control where I spend the last years of my life. If a nursing home is my destiny, I want it to be nice and get the care I need. Folks, that’s not cheap–it’s $60K a year. So, I’ll stay working–so I can have delayed gratification in my twilight years.

  • Shane says:

    I am fortunate to not be a slave to my lifestyle or job. I have worked hard and long enough to be able to get better options when needed.

  • Lance@MoneyLife&More says:

    I am so glad I am not a slave to the paycheck. I do depend on it to be able to save as much as I currently do but if I was miserable I could find a way out without worrying about money for a while.

  • Vangile says:

    A few days ago I would have said I was not a slave to my image but that was before actually sat down and took a close look at my life and started realizing that almost everything I was doing I was doing to look good and it was affecting my finances. It is possi le to be a slave to your image and to lose money in the process.

  • Daisy@Everything Finance says:

    I am lucky that I like my job AND it brings in money. I wouldn’t say I love it – I don’t think that it’s possible to love something that you must do for a livelihood. If you are a slave to your lifestyle working in a job you don’t like, one would be much more a slave to his/her lifestyle having to sacrifice a lot of fun activities because they lack a job with which to pay for things.

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