It’s tough trying to help people see the value in frugal living. People mostly think of it as deprivation. Or that there’s sacrifice involved. We’re all trying to improve our station in life and yet it seems contradictory to save. Won’t life be better if we’ve spent more?
Trying to live more frugally is not the same as being cheap. It’s choosing a way of life and it’s smart. It’s not just looking at the price of something, but what the value of it is. It’s looking at the cost of an item and calculating if the value is worth paying for it – today – and not having that money, which will be worth more in the future.
Why frugal living matters
Frugal living matters because it equates to less. Less spending, more saving – and our environment could use less – rather than buying more and spending more. Our consumer driven culture isn’t sustainable for the earth or our wallets.
Living frugally isn’t always easy and it takes self-discipline. It’s always 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 our purchases, to buy second-hand, and save for a future goal. Those challenges are part of what can make frugal living richer. I think it also makes frugal living fun – you have to be more creative!
Most importantly, frugal living is about choices. Living frugally allows you to live richly in ways that you choose. It’s not depriving or sacrificing – it’s planning. It’s a plan that you’ve put in place to live your life the way you want.
You can save more now to have choices later. You can chart your own path. This is the beauty of frugal living: choices.
What do you think? Did I miss something? What are your thoughts on frugal living?
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