“Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character.”
Frugal doesn’t mean cheap.
It doesn’t mean we cut corners at every opportunity.
In fact, our level of frugality should never be measured by our ability to shop a sale, or use coupons, or penny-pinch. Oh no…frugal living is found in the enjoyment of what we already have.
It’s learning to appreciate the physical world that surrounds us. It’s stopping the continual search for more. It’s finding value in all things.
- sharing with one another
- living life in balance
- finding happiness in the way things are
- being a good steward of our time, money, earth, energy, and possessions
- simple living
In general, frugality is really about not wasting our resources.
It doesn’t mean you have to buy the cheapest products and that you can never own anything nice or expensive. Quite the opposite…it’s about priorities and spending less on things you feel are less important so more is available for things that you feel are more important.
It’s redefining wants versus needs.
Could it be that our ability to buy all that we want, our materialism, and our useless spending has extinguished our creativity?
In the end, other people might not agree with your priorities, and they don’t have to. We all find our own way and we all make mistakes along the journey — oddly enough, mistakes are often what prompt our frugality.
Just remember, what is frugal for one person is not necessarily frugal for another.
So, how do you define frugality?