course description:

{This course description has been revised.
The new name for this seminar will be:
VOLUNTARY POVERTY:
HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE.
Here is the location of the new description:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/D-VP.html}


LIVING CHEAPLY:
HOW I SURVIVE ON SSI



    Whenever I hear "No one can live on social security," I raise my hand.
I live at the lowest level of social security
called SSI.
I prefer to call it my "guaranteed annual income".
And I would like to see this federal benefit
extended to everyone, in the form of a reversible income tax:
If you earn less than $8,000 per year,
the federal government brings you up to that level.

    The same methods of simple living can also be used by college students
and others struggling to make ends meet on less than $10,000 per year.
Come and share your ways of saving money.

I am able to live at this low level of income
because I have no mortgage payments
and Medicare pays for my health care.
But everything else fits easily within this budget.
This workshop will be just one meeting of two hours.
This should be enough to share ideas for living cheaply.

    If you would like to know how I save money on electricity, for example
(paying only $20-25 per month), go to:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/CY-ELEC.html

    If you would like to read some books on simplifying your life,
go to the Simplicity Bibliography:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/%7Eparkx032/B-SIMP.html

TIME:

Tuesday afternoon 1:00-3:00 PM
Followed by a press conference 3:00-4:00 PM

DATE:



PLACE:

Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.
Conference Room N-202, on the second floor.
Click the above link for more information about the library,
a map of its location, parking, transit, etc.

CLASS SIZE: 

Minimum 10        Maximum 20

What experience do you bring to this class?

    I have been living cheaply ever since I retired in 1968
and sold my one and only car.
1968 was also the last year for which I owed any income tax.
Since then I have facilitated about 200 different adult education groups.
Most of these were in the Minnesota Free University.
See more information about my career in alternatives adult education:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/JP-AL-ED.html

Additional Facilitator Info:

    When I have offered similar presentations before,
they have been well attended.
Lots of people are looking for ways to save money,
especially now that we are in recession.

    I have published my spending for 2007 and 2008 on the Internet:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/SPJP0708.html

    And here is a suggested list of categories for spending:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/SPEND.html


Created December 6, 2008; Revised 2-7-2009; 2-18-2009; 5-24-2009; 6-2-2009; 12-1-2009; 8-17-2012


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