I am a firm believer that financial freedom (or security) for most is more a matter of controlling spending money than it of earning it. Obviously, this statement is arguable. For most of us, however, I believe it is true. How many of us truly expect to make millions? Regardless, (stick with me here), when we don't buy, when we recycle, when we precycle, when we save, when we reuse, when we have will power, when we don't succumb to the fallacy of image, we are doing ourselves a favor by getting us closer to financial security and freedom. At the same time we are consuming less, and doing a small part to preserve the valuable natural resources of the Earth.
The sustainability movement generally scoffs at money management. Frugal and proper money management, I believe, is a huge lever for moving us away from the global damage that is being wraught. People can have a positive impact by simply preserving their valuable financial resources. For every dollar not spent, there is something not consumed. Something not consumed does not have to be produced. Something that does not have to be produced, does not draw from our natural resources. All comes from something.