Hello, world. I’m Annie.
I am the daughter of an ex-con and a stripper. I grew up in the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky helping my father bootleg to pay the bills.
I was destined to become a failure. I discovered that when I overheard a relative discussing the fact that it was a shame I was even born since I was a waste of humanity. I would never amount to anything.
Even my parents believed that. My father’s dream was for me to find a “good man” to take care of me. My personal dreams were met with a pat on the head and the verbal slap of discouragement.
I wanted to prove them wrong but the odds were stacked against me. My dad died when I was 18. By the time I sobered up from that I was 19 and pregnant. I don’t even remember having sex that night. I didn’t discover the truth of what happened for 12 years.
And that’s okay. That’s okay because what happened after that made me even stronger.
I tried to do it Dad’s way, the way society said I should do it. I tried to find a “good man” to take care of me.
That was a mistake.
I had three kids by the time I divorced but by that point I also had a goal. I was going to be the best damn single mother I could be. Someway, somehow, I would figure out a way to spend as much time with my children as I could while they were growing up and I wouldn’t spread my legs to do it.
And I won. It took a lot of hard work. At one time I worked four jobs just to make ends meet but I survived. This backwards hillbilly with barely a high-school education actually managed to build a writing business that allowed her to be a stay-at-home single mom for several years.
I proved them wrong. I didn’t have to spread my legs to raise my kids.
My youngest is grown now. After getting injured in the Navy she returned home and started college.
So here I am in a tiny house as I enter my fifties, splitting the bills with my daughter so that we can both live fairly comfortably. I was lost for a time once the kid turned 18. I’d given everything I had to give to be a mom to her. I didn’t know what to do.
But then it happened.
I realized why the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. I realized that the rich have rigged the game. They’ve brainwashed us into giving them our money, into buying more than we need. They have done this so that we will be forced to give them back every penny that we earn and even more in the form of interest charges. They have forced us into a form of legalized slavery–and we didn’t have a clue.
I’ve figured out how to fight that. I’ve figured out that the way to stop the monster is to stop feeding it. How?
- Stop paying attention to their advertising. Whatever you do, don’t click.
- Stop giving them money for things designed to fall apart so they can force you to buy more.
- Use the stuff you have. Don’t toss it. Wear it out completely. Then, and only then, replace it.
- Be thoughtful about where you make your purchases and the brands you purchase. If their business practices disturb you, find somewhere else to spend your money.
While the purpose of a business is to make money, there is no reason for a CEO to earn six and seven figures if their lower ranks barely earn minimum wage. There is no excuse for that, and the only way to stop it is to hit them where it will hurt.
We’ve got to hit them in their wallets. Then, and only then, will they change.
If you want to tell me to go jump off a bridge here’s how you can do it. If you want to reach out and say hi or you have a suggestion that’s even better. I prefer that to the “go jump off a bridge” any day.
Remember: You don’t need as much as you think you do.
It is hypocritical to run a website about buying and living on less while begging your readers to buy your crap so I refuse to do it. That said, I live on the money I receive from book sales, so if you can find it in your heart to pitch in I would be immensely grateful.
I’ve written a lot of books sharing my odd view of life in hopes of helping others. My most notorious book is titled The Shoestring Girl: How I Live on Practically Nothing and You Can Too, but The Minimalist Cleaning Method is pretty popular as well. You can find them at the following places:
Barnes and Noble