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The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by Trent Hamm

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Chapter 8. Frugality as Framework

We had to wait for twenty-five minutes for the waiter to bring our meal, and after that, bring our bill, where we would pay $30. Why were we here? We could be having a nice dinner with conversation at home. The pasta dish we had both ordered could be made in fifteen minutes in our kitchen, and Joseph could be sleeping comfortably in his crib. I realized that what I cared about was a nice meal and dinner conversation with my wife, not the experience of paying someone else to prepare the food for us. The part I valued and loved could be found at our own dining room table at a much cheaper price.

May 2006

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.”1 That quote ...

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