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.
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.
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.
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.
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?