These are the stories of our family's adventures in living simply. We've had our share of highs and lows in the few short years we've been on this path, but we're loving just figuring it out together as we go along. And now with a new baby in the mix, things are sure to get even more adventuresome! You can find the entire series, including our reasons for choosing this path, here.
If my minimalist husband had his way, neither one of us would even have cell phones, period, and we would just get a landline, which, while certainly possible (hello 20 years ago), is not something I am interested in doing. I like being able to call Andy at the grocery store when I forgot to add something to the list, and I like being able to bug my friends for directions when I get lost in the car, which is about every other week, on average. If you are interested in going cell phone free, however, there are some great thoughts in this post.
I did once have an actual smartphone, a couple years ago as part of a job and so I know, it's nice. About once a day, I kind of wish I still had one. I'm terrible with directions, so I would love to still have a GPS in my pocket everywhere I go. And I love the idea of always having a camera at the ready to capture little moments, especially now that we have a little one. And every time I find myself waiting in line or sitting in a parked car, I wish I could at least do something productive like check my email.
|From my smartphone days. I don't have a photo with my flip phone because why even have it out?|
Obviously, some families truly need smartphones to make their lives work. I know that. We may even be one of those families some day, but right now the small benefit simply doesn't outweigh the cost, both to our finances and to our quality of life. So for this season at least, we are smartphone free and loving it.
Anyone else out there embracing the flip phone like it's '05? What keeps you from going smartphone? Any unusual arguments for living simply with a smartphone?