5 Great Reasons To Be Frugal

Great Reasons To Be Frugal
Today’s guest post is from guest blogger Cat! “I’m Cat!  I’m a married mother to furbabies, living in Columbus, Ohio.  I’m learning to be frugal and blogging about the journey along the way!” Cat blogs at Frugal Living & Crafting so be sure to check out her blog!

Reasons To Be Frugal

Being frugal is often given a terribly negative connotation.  When many people hear the word “frugal”, they think “miserly”.  According to Dictionary.com, the two words have very different literal meanings:
Frugal:  1. economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful:
Miserly:  1.  of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy.
Clearly frugal is very much preferable to miserly.  Being frugal is a positive, responsible way of living.  Being miserly is often cruel or involves cheating someone in some way. Frugality is a badge to wear with honor in my book.  To this end, I wanted to post 5 reasons I ENJOY being frugal.

1. Encourages Creativity

Being frugal gets the creative juices flowing.  When you’re not spending money to take the easiest, most obvious way out, there’s often a great deal of creativity involved.  What can you do with what you have?  How could you either upcycle or make do with something else?  There’s always the most frugal choice for any situation, but before you make a frugal purchase, do some frugal thinking.

2. Eco-Friendly

Being frugal is kinder to the earth.  If you are buying items second-hand, new items are not being created.  If you make every effort to use up all the food you have, it’s not going to the landfill to release methane gas.  If you’re making your own cleaning products, you’re not putting more chemicals into the environment.  It’s easy to both save money AND bless the earth.

3. Thrifting

The thrift store experience.  For me, going to a thrift store is synonymous with a treasure hunt.  There’s no end to the interesting things you can find.  Whenever I need something… such as recently needing a reading lamp… I always head to the thrift store.  For less money you can find quality products with character that won’t be in every Tom, Dick and Jane’s home too.

4. Cooking

Home cooked food is so tasty.  I’m the first to admit I have a problem with wanting to go through the drive thru or get takeout.  But truly, home cooked food is delicious.  When you keep things simple, cooking at home is extremely frugal, and not a lot of work.  My favorite is tossing something in the slow cooker and forgetting about it for 6 or 8 hours.

5. Satisfaction

It’s satisfying to watch your debt shrink and your savings grow.  Even if you cannot make large debt payments, or have very little to save, it will add up over time.  Paying off a credit card or making a savings goal is, to use the word again, satisfying.

And that’s just the start…

I’m sure I could come up with a plethora of other reasons frugality is good, but I’ll stop with the five.  On the days I just want to forget about frugality and spend a bunch of money on this or that, I will keep this list in mind to remind myself why I don’t really want to do it.
What reasons can you think of that make you enjoy being frugal?
Great Reasons To Be Frugal

*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on brokeGIRLrich, Disease Called Debt and Thrifty Meets Spendy

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  1. “Encourages Creativity”
    Love this reason. I am often out of control when it comes to spending. So I recently called myself out on my blog with a “Project Pan”. I found like, 8 eyeshadows, a blush and 2 palettes that I promised to use. I told my readers that I am not going to spend on makeup (unless I run out of like, foundation) for the next 6 months or until I finish these products up!

    A lot of the eyeshadows I’ve had for a while and a lot of them are super shimmery but I’ve already created several looks by using them, which I wouldn’t have bothered with if I hadn’t put them in my “Project Pan” list. It’s a great reminder that I don’t need to buy any more at the moment and it will help clear out some of the clutter!!

    “Thrifting” is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while! I don’t know why, but I still have yet to visit a thrift shop that’s not a consignment shop and everytime I see the word I think about the little SalVal that is 5 minutes from my apartment, yet I still don’t make it there! One day!!

    • That is such a great example of using creativity! New looks! I’ve experienced something similar when I’m able to make new outfits out of clothes in my closet…it’s just as exciting as buying a new outfit!

    • I love the concept of using it up before buying more. And I definitely get you on having more makeup than you need. At one time I had enough to make up half of Columbus. I’ve gotten rid of a lot and gotten better at not buying more, though. Good luck with your challenge to use it up!

      Also, definitely check out the thrift store! Thrifting is so much fun!
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  2. I honestly love my own home cooking better than just about any other food (although I have my moods when I want to go out for a meal with the husband–who doesn’t?!). I definitely enjoy the creativity of being frugal, however, thrifting isn’t really a thing where I live, they don’t even have second-hand stores, although friends are pretty good about sharing around things that are no longer needed.
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  3. What a great post! This is all so true. I like the creativity point. When my husband and I are trying to think of something to do that doesn’t cost much or any money…it always requires us to be creative. Typically, it ends up being our favorite dates.
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  4. I think there’s a great deal of satisfaction in being frugal. You’ve given some great reasons and I think another is the feel of self-sufficiency. Knowing you can make, cook, or repair something yourself gives you a sense of achievement.
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  5. You know this weekend, when we offered to take the boys out to eat, my oldest who is 11 said, save your money, moms food is better anyways. LOL It really does pay to pinch pennies!

  6. Frugality is awesome! Being able to confidently say, I don’t feel the need to spend money on something because it wouldn’t be a prudent use of my money.

    • I love your attitude about frugality! I love that you say “confidently” saying, that it’s something you own and have confidence in. Sometimes I feel like I could stand to build my confidence levels on being able to say no to spending money. I manage it most of the time, but I’m not at the point of being able to say “confidently”. Someday, though!
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  7. These are some GREAT reasons to be frugal. We try to be as frugal as possible. And I totally agree with you about thrifting! Treasure hunting at its finest! 🙂

  8. We try to cook at home 6 nights a week and it really helps save! Plus we have fun doing it!

    • Hubs and I do the same, cooking at home 6 nights. Or at least that’s the GOAL. Sometimes things and life happen and cooking 6 nights doesn’t happen, but we try. And we also have fun doing it. We work together and split the tasks evenly to spend time together and to get it done faster. I love hearing someone else say “we” in reference to cooking and having fun!
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  9. I have found that it improves my relationships with my wife, family, and friends. Instead of doing typical expensive outings where we do not really spend time together, we have gotten back to going on hikes, playing board games, and playing sports. We are all getting healthier and having more meaningful dialogue that is bringing us closer together.

  10. These are awesome! Why I can’t necessarily say I enjoy being frugal, I do really enjoy the challenge of saving and thinking about all the things I can do with the money I save.


  11. I actually needed to read this! I can be so loose with money, and it’s really not a great thing. I think it’s important to spend wisely and to be conscious of your spending because it sets you up to be in a good place in the future. I personally love thrifting, there’s something so exciting about the hunt and so satisfying about a great find!

  12. This is why I’m always telling people about living frugally. It’s great and there are so many benefits! Plus I love food and it’s great cooking a really nice meal and knowing how cheap it cost! Great post.

  13. I love this. I really think that being frugal does encourage creativity! It makes you come up with new ways to get the things you may want! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!
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