Frugality is much more to me than saving money or reducing debt. It’s my quality of life. It means spending a little extra time getting things done and just stepping back and enjoying life in simpler terms.
Yes, I do love to save money but saving is really relative person to person. We all know the person that “saved $40″ while buying that $100 purse. My version is can I pick up a purse from the local thrift store, Craigslist, Freecycle, WalMart, etc under $10. There really are nice ones to be had from these avenues and who cares what brand name it is. When people use brand names, it always bothers me. It really does. Who cares!
Frugality to me means taking the time to do very simple things like line drying my clothes. It only takes a few minutes but I find it relaxing and I just love to do this. It is my time.
Frugality to me means accepting other people’s versions of what is frugal and deciding if that would be acceptable to me. Some things are and some are not. I don’t have to tell anyone that I won’t be following their example. It is only about what would work for me and my family.
My husband and I make a very good living but I know we could weather any storm if our circumstances changed. We are pretty quiet about our finances but when we pay bills, we keep track of the amounts going to different utilities. Just because we can afford to pay our electric and water bills doesn’t mean we want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on them every month. Why work so hard to pay the utility companies?
Forget peer pressure. It doesn’t make you happier. Usually miserable. I like what I like and you can like what you like.
Sometimes I think people’s version of the “good life” is money, fame, material items, drinking, traveling, cars, boats … you get the idea. Is that really the good life? I would beg to differ (for us). The good life to me is spending time with my family, making homemade items that are good for us and more nutritious, not impairing my senses by overdrinking, enjoying local events, enjoying good reading material (romance novels just don’t cut it), waking up early every morning and enjoying birds singing and the day beginning. I could go on and on.
Many moons ago, I was the type of person, rushing to work, always working late, spending money always eating out, never seeming to get ahead, never able to put money away or have time for myself. All I can say, I will NEVER let myself become that person again.
I do my work and leave. My personal/family time is more important that my job. I cook at home, bring my lunch, have no debt because I refuse to get burdened by that beast again, have a savings, live simply and really don’t care what other people think.
It took awhile for me to get it but I am much happier and at peace with my life. If I died today, I could honestly say … I don’t know what I would say. I love life! So let’s not even go there.
Yes, it is important to me to remember those in need, locally and worldwide. We volunteer our time every month and it just helps us to keep things in perspective and keep things real.
This truly is our frugal way of life and it is the real “good life.”