This German Woman Has Been Living Without Money For 16 Years
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    Default This German Woman Has Been Living Without Money For 16 Years

    Heidemarie Schwermer Has Lived Without Money For 16 Years - Business Insider

    I don't know if I would say she has been living *without* money, it looks more like she is living off of other people's money. Thoughts?
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    Interesting. Not for me though!




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    She is using money. She admits it. Her travel costs are covered. Seeing a picture of her on a train, I was wondering how she did it. Bartering is the same as using money except on a much more basic level. She barters her skills. She teaches others how to do what she does in exchange for places to live, food, etc. I think she is as close to doing without money as possible in an urban environment.

    What I don't get is her need to constantly move about, not put down roots. Unless she is afraid that by staying put she'll be tempted back in to using money.

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    I've read about her. She had the apartment, lived that life. But when she decided to give it up and live without money, well, you can't couchsurf at your sister's house indefinitely. It wouldn't be polite. So she regularly moves on, so as not to impose too much too long for anyone.

    Personally, I find it fascinating. It would be terribly difficult with children or as a couple, but it is possible. If I could find a way to live without money, you can bet your bottom dollar I'd be doing it.

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    I wonder what she will do with no money or home if her health declines or she is too old to keep moving around and never stay in one place. Nice idea, but can it go on forever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfriend View Post
    I wonder what she will do with no money or home if her health declines or she is too old to keep moving around and never stay in one place. Nice idea, but can it go on forever?
    Most people who live this kind of life do it more to draw attention to the wastefulness of society. I bet when she does start to slow down, she'll have a huge lot of community who will be chomping at the bit to help her and care for her. She also has grown children, who have grown up with her living this kind of lifestyle. Hopefully they've prepared for her future as well.

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    She may be living without spending money, but someone has to pay the places she crashes.

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    I couldn't read it - took too long to load. But I have read about similar cases before. Dare I say the M word? M---- Moooo------ Moocher?

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    Well, it sounds like most of what she does is house sit. And when she says she "gives away her pension" I would assume that she has the income (pension) to be able to care for herself should she be unable to continue how she is doing. I think she just enjoys it.

    Imagine, in America - with the number of foreclosed homes losing value by being vacant, it won't be long before more banks are paying people to housesit foreclosures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nada.Leona View Post
    She also has grown children, who have grown up with her living this kind of lifestyle. Hopefully they've prepared for her future as well.
    I think it's great that she's chosen an alternative lifestyle and appears to be happy with her choice. However, if my parents choose to "live without money" and fail to prepare for their future needs. That's on them, not on me.

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    To my mind bartering is a lot like money, only you have to spend a lot more time and effort arranging the barters. It seems like six of one and half a dozen of another. Could be she has a personality type that enjoys it. I wouldn't like it I don't think.

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    In Canada, barter is now considered a service which is taxable. You have to compute the fair market value of your trade or service, and declare it on your income tax.

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    It's the same in the US. I'm not sure how they enforce it though.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

    Use it up, Wear it out,
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    Because we, the people, have the power to build a better future. KH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrary Housewife View Post
    It's the same in the US. I'm not sure how they enforce it though.
    The honor system, unless you belong to an organized barter organization.

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