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How big should my mustache be?
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:14:42 AM »
Hope everyone here is doing well. I always find new inspiration and ways of looking at things when I get to read into your thoughts and ideas. As a result, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing your thoughts on not being as mustachian as one can possibly be; My situation:

I currently live and work within biking distance to work in Southern Indiana in a very cheap place to live. I love my job, love the people I work with and would like to stay here as long as I am working for someone other than myself. However the community I live in is pretty boring. It has the grocery stores and other things you need to survive but is not very conducive to a 24 year old single male; it's much more of a family scene. Down the road about 35 miles, (40 minute commute) there is a place I lived when I went to college that is a very vibrant city that I visit often for sporting events, nights out, etc and its all very cheap as well. Thus the question is, would you have a thinner mustache than you have the potential to have in order to have an exponentially happier life? Short term we would be talking about taking my savings rate from about 60% of after tax income to 50-ish% due to increased transportation costs (but could actually end up partially if not completely being offset by even cheaper housing). But I agree with MMM's views on the environment and wouldn't like having a larger carbon footprint (although once I am in the city it is one of the bicycle capitals of the world and wouldn't need a car once I am there).

Anyway I think you guys are the only group of people that would be qualified to give good advice as you understand sound financial principles and ways to live a happier life in general that most other people do not and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Thank you.

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Re: How big should my mustache be?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2014, 11:22:28 AM »
There is no right answer, but don't forget to factor in that you will have to spend 400 minutes a week in your car and you won't get to ride your bike twice a day ;)


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Re: How big should my mustache be?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2014, 11:47:27 AM »
You only really need to follow one simple piece of advice with two parts to it. Maximize savings and maximize that which holds value to you (happiness is another way to look at that value). Outside of that your decisions on where you live, how you commute, and how much you save (amongst other things) should just be within your values. That's it. As plank said there is no right answer. There will be an answer that is mathematically optimal towards your savings rate and then there will be the answer which gives you the most value for your life. Only you can answer that last one. So answer it and move on with your eyes open.


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Re: How big should my mustache be?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2014, 02:01:21 PM »
If the city is so vibrant, can you get a job there? There may be a job that you could love even more, and move there to have the social life you want. Just remember that you will probably want to spend more on going out to restaurants and bars which adds to the cost of living in a city.


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Re: How big should my mustache be?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2014, 05:17:44 PM »
I can totally relate. I would definitely move. I am 27, recently single, and live in an area that is similar to what you described. Single honestly doesn't have much to do w/ it. I didn't like it when I was engaged either. I am viewed as an over-achiever in my hometown.

I am selling my condo to move.