That is the title of an erratic but interesting book by Jacob Lund Fisker, and the subtitle is A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence. Think of it as a study in “least cost living,” his web site is here.
Here is his post on a middle class lifestyle on 7k a year, health insurance included, sans young children, don’t skip the section on the lentils. How does it compare to how people lived fifty years ago? To how I lived thirty-two years ago as an undergraduate?
“Not buy very much” seems to be his main strategy.
I transplant these scenarios to a foreign setting. Let’s say you had 10k a year, net, to live in either India or Mexico. How high would your standard of living be? What kind of health insurance could you buy? How would your level of happiness compare to working at a job you don’t like for 80k a year for twenty more years?
When it comes to modern society, I sometimes wonder, what is the true secession point with decent utility? What kinds of options are your savings giving you? Is there any chance you will take those options?
For the pointer I thank CR.