Frugality usually falls under two categories. People live frugally either out of necessity or because of a choice. Strategic frugality is living frugally by choice. Living life the way you want to live it and having chosen to do so. It is a type frugal living that is thoughtful and decisive. It is a conscious way to spend less money, waste fewer resources, have more time, and enjoy life more.
During the Great Depression, frugality was a necessity. People had no choice and had to do without. They had basically nothing. There weren’t choices about how you could live. People just needed to survive. Today, people can and do choose. Strategic frugality is a decision that guides you, something you go back to, again and again. It is a commitment to a certain way of life. Buying less, saving more.
Most people, when they hear the word frugal, think it means coupon shopping. Using coupons can be frugal, but it falls under the category of tactical frugality. Tactics are steps you can use to help get you to your goal. Tactics can help you achieve your financial and living goals but tactical frugality doesn’t get you to the real issue: how you live your life.
My decision to launch this frugality blog came about because I found that frugality was usually depicted under three categories:
- Coupon sites
- Minimalist sites
- Personal finance sites
None of these sites fit my criteria of an overall, strategic plan for frugality. A place where budgeting, living, and having fun while living frugally all come together. These three types of sites are all really tactics. Steps and activities you can take to reach your goals. Don’t get me wrong, all of these sites will help you. They just don’t always get to…
How you live your life.
That’s what this blog, Go Gingham, is about. Slowing down, deciding to make do with less, fixing rather than re-buying, living below your means rather than beyond them, and enjoying more time for yourself, and more time with your family. Having less technology in your life so you can enjoy life. Getting back to cooking, sewing, gardening, reading, and quality living rather than working to pay for your spending habits. Saying no to cable TV, Facebook, too much technology, over-scheduling, and microwave ovens to enable you and your family to say yes to more time together.
Deciding to live a strategic, frugal life isn’t always easy. Strategic frugality takes self-discipline. It is always just easier to buy something new, receive immediate gratification, and pay for it later. It takes self-discipline to be patient, to wait, to fix or mend, to think about your purchases, to try and find something used (or free) and to save for a future goal. Those challenges are part of what can make frugality fun.
There, I said it. I think frugality can be fun.
What do you think? Can frugality be fun?
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