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[–] prairie 6 points -6 points (+0|-6) ago 

I bet wage slavery would be worse if it could exist.

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[–] RodentLord 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It can exist when education is controlled from birth and probably 90% of the population is never taught personal finance. I am the only person I know out of dozens who keeps a personal budget. I also am one of the lowest earning people I know, but I'd say I have the nicest life. I eat better and buy quality stuff, just much less often.

They all think I'm rich though, because you don't see the 200 sweets I decided against buying, or the soda that I quit 2 years ago, or the soap nuts I started using instead of chemical detergent, or the coffee I stopped drinking to replace with an occasional cup of "the good stuff". They just see "he bought a nice hat" and assume I'm making a shitload.

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[–] Pattoe 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Soap nuts? Sounds like I'm missing a trick. I do everything else you've listed but not this. A quick search makes me think soap nuts would be more expensive but i cant be sure.

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[–] prairie 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

No disagreement. I guess my critique was of the target: if you hold business owners accountable, you're missing the real culprits, which I see as state education, and before that, abusive parenting. Both destroy a person's ability to manage themselves and replace that with external authority and addictive distractions from the waste inside. Put another way, employment is only wage slavery to those who don't have their shit together, therefore forcing businesses to be constrained doesn't address the source of the problem, and hampers capable people who want to engage in a free market.

People waste money on so much garbage. Making your own meal just the way you like it? Priceless and cheap.