DO NOT feel bad if you do things differently than others. We are all individuals and we all do things differently.
I see things on FB at times and think - seriously? You are trying to say you are frugal? People going into huge debt for big fancy houses, then being unhappy with how it looks and changing it all. Saying they are not spending this year, yet you see a post of shopping trips almost every day.
Canning for the future and for saving. Yet buying all kinds of food to can that they would not buy as normal - not to mention buying tons of jars and supplies (yes I know they are re-usable).
My mind just explodes some days - BUT you know what? Who cares. IF they think they are being frugal and doing things that make them happy - that is ALL that is important!!!! My opinion does not matter.
I am sure I do things that others don't understand as well. We all do.
I guess I am saying that frugal is different for everyone. Some find it necessary to water down things, find new uses for things, not waste leftovers, eat from home, saving money wherever we can, use it up, make it last, do without, etc. (ME). But I will also spend a ton of money to feed nature, care for my fur babies, or help someone in need. My priorities are MINE!
You may save for vacations, or for that big house, or for a new car, or to eat out once a week. That is OK too. Your priorities are YOURS!
I don't do anything that I do because it pleases others. If my ways and myself are accepted by others - GREAT. If not - I don't really care. Our lives should be lived in being able to live and share - that is freedom. We all evolve over the years and our ways change.
Just let your spirit and your heart reach out - either others accept you or they don't.
Don't live in fear, let God have control. The world and our lives change - and in 10 years things will be totally different than they are today - so make each day count.
THRIVE not SURVIVE! This is something I am trying to learn. When life changes drastically, we tend to hit a brick wall. Life was the same forever - and then it's not. We have GOT to adjust and grow and move forward. (so difficult, but necessary).
If we don't do something new - we will become stagnant.
Figuring out the path to take is the hard part. With faith in God, I feel that will come for each of us. We all need to listen!!!!!!!
So whether you live in a huge house or a tiny home, water down the shampoo or buy the most expensive, eat out or cook from scratch, simply have transportation or a status car, do without so you can help the animals or others, grow a garden or go to the farm market - you are being you.
Do what makes you happy.
Now in saying that - DO IT - BUT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS AND DECISIONS. Don't get yourself in a bind and expect others to bail you out. Your choices are yours - that is your freedom.
We each chose our own freedom.
I know we each learn from each other on here. We learn new ways. We learn from others mistakes. We learn new ways of thinking. We learn life is different for us all. We learn that as different as we all are - we are the same. We want happiness.
Enjoy the life you are living instead of just living the life you are given.