Cheap? Greedy? Hoarder? Smart? Prepared? Freedom?
I see frugality as FREEDOM. I grew up with parents that had to be frugal. We were probably considered poor - but I never felt that. We had enough (not always the newest thing), but we had enough. We had a roof over our head, good food, nice clothes (albeit homemade), warmth, love and parents that worked hard.
Now I must admit that I went through a time when I didn't follow the road of frugality. I got led stray into having fun and spending too much.
It took a while and a lot of stress before I figured out - I like freedom better!
We each have to be pro-active in our lives. Planning, saving, and doing with what you have is how you can take control.
Right now, people don't feel like they have much control - but you CAN control your spending habits and you CAN control your reactions to things.
Normalcy is what everyone is craving - keep your home normal. Yes, you may have to stay home - but that doesn't mean you can't keep normal IN YOUR HOME.
Frugality IS freedom. Knowledge IS freedom.
Many of us have all that we need in our homes. We planned and prepared in a way, that today we can have a great life.
We can eat because our pantries are full. We can help one another because we have more than enough. We can enjoy our days because we can get creative in our homes and yards. We can keep busy with crafting and remaking things. We can pay our necessary bills because we have saved.
We were PRO-ACTIVE.
We are FRUGAL and have freedom and knowledge!!!!
One dollar can start a savings, one extra canned good can start a pantry, one super bargain can be the difference that saves someone, one gesture of sharing can possibly save a life (literally)……….
Adjust your mood a little by getting in the sunshine - you NEED sunshine. If it is cold - open the blinds or curtains - open the inside doors - get sunlight. Get outside and MOVE if at all possible. Front porch, back porch, or balcony sit!!!!! Just sit out and watch and listen to EVERYTHING. Be one with the world.
Share what you can when you can. Help someone in need if possible.
Listen to FUN music and DANCE!! I know you all think I am crazy when I say that - but it helps! I have gotten to the place, where a few times a week I turn on the 'oldies' and dance all by myself. It is great exercise and it really brightens my mood.
These are things you can do that are frugal and good for you and others.
Frugal isn't about being cheap. It is about doing as much as possible with what you have. Frugal people hate to spend dollars unnecessarily! Frugal people get creative. Frugal people make fun from nothing. Frugal folks are the BEST!
If you have to purchase anything right now - think about ordering from or buying from a small local shop. Help a smaller business. Your purchase can help put food on their table and help keep them afloat.
We are all in this together - no one is exempt.
Help where you can. Be the positive in another person's life.
MUCH can be accomplished with a smile and a kind word and a kind gesture.
Stay frugal and be thankful that you have been frugal. You have a huge leg up on your situation. You WILL survive. You WILL help when possible. You can be THE ONE!
Blessings my friends.
Stay well and stay frugal!