Personal Finance Tip: My Honest Thoughts on Minimalism | The 3-Minute Guide

Personal Finance Tip: My Honest Thoughts on Minimalism | The 3-Minute Guide

Great Advice:My Honest Thoughts on Minimalism | The 3-Minute Guide

Erin from Broke Millennial rants about minimalism and the myths of living a minimalist lifestyle.

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33 Replies to “Personal Finance Tip: My Honest Thoughts on Minimalism | The 3-Minute Guide”

  1. Yeah, if this is what you're putting out on your channel–something so poorly reasoned and so poorly researched–I'm unsubscribing. I don't trust you to give financial advice.

  2. Maybe you should reflect on your life and what exactly makes you feel so defensive about being more intentional with your posessions. Minimalism isn’t about not owning adequate kitchen supplies, if you love to cook and those items are meaningful to you and serving a purpose, you don’t have to feel like the evil minimalists are trying to deprive you of them. At a basic level, all minimalism is is being conscious about those things. It’s not a competition to see who can own the least amount of stuff. It’s a mindset that can help you create intentional margin in your life, and an acknowledgement that the “typical” american consumer owns and buys way more than they need, or even use. This video was really emotionally driven and not very factual, really the opposite of what i come to tfd for.

  3. minimalism is tied to your demographic because it’s intended to be a reverse on middle class consumerism (which is a huge problem in America). It’s not targeted at people who aren’t over consuming in the first place. minimalism is a little radical for me personally but so is American over consumption.

  4. I am sorry but your videos more time than not make me feel like a mindless consumer and this is not what I understood from minimalism. If it brings joy keep it if you need it or use it keep it that what i understood and again i watched many videos on your channel about bad financial habits linked to fast fashion and huge houses. So i am confused

  5. TFD + Minimalism is a great combo coz being mindful on what you consume is actually a financial diet. Being mindful on what information to believe in is very essential to living a meaningful life. Lets not fight over what good or bad we have our minds to sort that out. Privately.

  6. Minimalism isn't about ridding your life to the bare essentials. It is about only holding onto things you love and cherish, things that give your life some sort of fulfillment. If you had watched the documentary you mentioned, you would have heard the men say that you could be a devout book lover and could own 300 books and still consider yourself a minimalist BECAUSE those books bring you joy and hold meaning to your life. Maybe you should actually do research on the topic before ranting, because it is never wise to open your opinions to the world while being ignorant of the true messages these topics hold. Also: the majority of people wanting to live in tiny homes and live the stereotype of a minimalist's life are usually looking to decrease their carbon footprint, not to live small just for the sake of it.

  7. I agree with a lot of the comments here that this isn’t the best understanding of minimalism, and that it’s really about living with intention. I tried listening to the Minimalist founder’s podcasts but I do find them preachy and a lot of minimalist in general are preachy.

    Researching minimalism, especially in clothing, has led me to better understand the environmental impacts of my own consumption and I think that can be really positive. Minimalism looks different for everyone who practices it and perhaps the Minimalists and Marie Kondo should be viewed as providing a starting point as opposed to a true how-to guide.

    Some parts of minimalism include treating your electronics as spaces to keep yourself mindful, only using what you need. It’s getting rid of not only your physical baggage but also your online baggage and that which weighs you down, and for some people, that begins with keeping your space physically clear, and for others it doesn’t.

    I think these are really good arguments against the Minimalism Market, or those that are specifically SELLING minimalism in the form of books and podcast and movies and the tiny home fantasy.

    Some really great people to watch for a more refreshing view of minimalism are MyGreenCloset and BreaktheTwitch, both on YouTube.

  8. Just delete this video. It misses the point and has 0 value. It feels like a video done very quickly to plug their sponsor. Not a content I am used to from this channel, sorry

  9. I think you need to review the idea of minimalism. Your generalizations are off by a mile. It is not about stuff. No one is judging your life. Actually, minimalism has to do with deep respect and understanding. I wish you well.

  10. My husband and I became minimalists a few months ago, and not only have we gotten rid of the “noise” in our home, we’ve stepped back from social media and closed doors to one-sided and toxic relationships with others around us. As millennials who work extremely hard
    (don’t even try to guess my race and upbringing), our lifestyle change has opened our eyes to how much we squandered our money irresponsibly, and we’re already so much more mindful about our purchases because minimalism encourages us to only buy things if we truly need them or if they bring us immense joy. If you want to keep your stuff, by all means, keep your stuff, we won’t judge you, but to tear a whole movement dedicated to mindfulness and self-improvement apart when you clearly haven’t done enough research is unfair.

  11. Everyone's version of minimalism is different. Minimalism is about finding your sweet spot of "I don't need a massive amount of junk in my life". "massive amount" being totally relative. I am a minimalist. I make $45k a year and my bills are $800 a month. Total. With food and gas included. I am happy. I don't need any more than I have. Sure. If I make a ton off of investments, I will slowly up my living standards, but, if I stay where I am, I'm cool w/ that also.

  12. You also put an impression that you are "red-pilled" for not following minimalism like the other lemmings who chose to do so. Everyone has their personal choice and minimalism can be a noble pursuit if they choose it. No need to put anyone down, I think it is one of the good trends you can adapt and personalize. So far this is the only video I don't like from you guys. But one bad apple is ok, still love your videos and I'm hoping for more good ones in the future! All the best.

  13. I’m on the path to minimalism…still dealing with a lot of my stuff and getting to the point where I feel better in my space. I’ve read a lot and watched a lot of people talk about minimalism. You’ve skewed the meaning of it in your head, I think, and missed the real point about what most people strive for in minimalism. Surely you couldn’t have done that much research about it or you’d have left these misconceptions behind before you made an uninformed opinion video.

  14. The attaction of minimalism is that it's a counter-culture, and there is certain satisfaction to be had in doing the opposite of the unhappy and stressed out herd. Once it gains mainstream traction then the very appeal of it is lessened. If everyone was in real poverty, living in mud huts with no furniture, hell, I would be doing the opposite.

  15. Almost every Minimalist practices Mindfulness. It means as much as to mind as it means to material goods. Its not just about having 10 pieces of clothing. Its about having what you need. Not having stuff because advertisers say you should. It provides peace to a person who is bombarded by fast fashion and crazy advertising everywhere.

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