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  1. Liana Ottaviano 1
    Liana Ottaviano Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm |

    I like the differentiation between being frugal out of necessity or choice. However, the term “strategic frugality” points to a “strategy”, whereas frugality for me is much more passive. I don’t “map out” or plan to save money. It’s the *lack* of action that saves the money. I *don’t* call the cable company to sign up. I *don’t* go test drive new cars at the showroom. I *don’t* go to the mall and window shop. Instead I just relax, make do with what is in the house, get resourceful with the stuff on hand. It’s more like “accidental frugality” – ha ha.

    And some might point out that using a microwave would technically save you time which you could then spend having fun with your family. I haven’t found another way to heat up a whole plate of different leftovers in less time, dirtying fewer plates, and using less electricity. Have you?

  2. Mary Werner 5
    Mary Werner Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 12:27 pm |

    Weston and I just went over the January budget today, we talk about spending trends and how not necessarily how to save but how to spend less. And when we look at making big purchases, such as a used sofa for the downstairs t.v. room we talk about want vs. need and employ patience in the decision making.

    I agree with Liana about the being frugal out of laziness and making do with things you have at home. Window shopping leads to wants which make you think you need something. You’ve been living your whole life without X and surviving, I think you’ll continue to live without it. This is true, unless of course we’re talking about yarn.

    Good post sistah!

  3. Kirsten 7
    Kirsten Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 1:28 pm |

    Sara,
    Yes, yes, and yes. You don’t have cable so you probably have not seen the show “Till Debt Do Us Part”. I ran across it while making black beans in my crockpot (thank YOU!). What strikes me is how much happier these couples are when they decide how to live rather than falling into it on accident.

    And by the way, I LOVE the addition of GoGingham.com to your pictures.

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