We all know people who turn their noses up when you say you are frugal. They think it means you are cheap.
In my opinion that couldn't be further from the truth.
I think frugal means buying quality over quantity. Buy something that will last you years - not having to be replaced every year or so. I think that about clothes, furniture, small appliances, towels, etc. Now does that mean you have to spend a fortune? - NO! Watch for sales, clearance, mark downs, out of season, etc. You can still buy second hand - just look at what you are buying. I often see vintage items listed at a second hand store here in town and they are beautiful and in great shape. WHY? Because they were built to last - they are quality pieces.
Being frugal doesn't mean never buying things. It means looking for the best prices. It means getting the deals WHEN you find them and that saves your money in the future. It may mean buying 'lost leader' items - you know those prices that lure you into the store? Take advantage!!!!!! The store is using you and trying to trick you - so turn the tables!
Look at clearance racks - my goodness you can get great deals. At the grocery, just about every department has clearance. Buy it - IF you will use it and you can AFFORD it at that moment. Freeze, can, and get creative.
Just this past Sunday on Weekly Wrap-Up - Kay mentioned she had a 25% off coupon and was going to get cards to send out to others and that she had Kohl's cash to use. This is great. She is still getting a great deal and getting something she wants.
Frances spoke of buying a new floor lamp for her hubby and liking it enough to get one for her chair! It would make reading and needlework easier. Making life easier is what it is all about!!!
THIS is exactly why we are frugal. Save your pennies where you can - so that you have have enjoyment in other areas! You can get things you WANT now and then and you can get things you NEED and have to scrimp.
Maybe you are saving for a 'new' to you vehicle, a new coat, a new couch or rug for the house, maybe a vacation, maybe something new for the yard............ it doesn't matter. If you are frugal in MOST aspects of life - you can save and get the frills you want in life.
It could also be as simple as watching and saving today - to pay off bills! That is huge! We all strive to be debt free.
You can still donate to causes - helping others is a admirable reason to save $.
Now I see people all the time (on FB) who talk about being 'preppers'. They also talk about being 'at risk' with all the health concerns going on. They talk about how hard life has been without as much income. YET they go out SHOP almost every day!!!!!! Sure they get sales - but I just have a hard time feeling compassion. (I'm bad I know). If you are at physical risk and you have no extra money and you ALWAYS been a prepper - stay home some more than you go out!!!!! If you are worried about paying your bills, have lost income, and just can't really afford to be spending all the time - STOP IT. Learn to make do with what you have.
OK - judge not - I know. They are free to do what they want - but they need to quite expecting everyone to feel sorry for them. Just my two cents!!! (this just gets my hackles up!! LOL)
Being frugal is all about being a good steward of what you have.
Be thoughtful and careful. Look at prices and get the best deal you can. Stock up when you can. Be mindful of your other bills and debt - try to reduce where you can.
Be kind to others and help when you can. Learn ways to re-invent things, get creative with cooking, recycle, and just be mindful. It means using what you already have.
THEN you will have extra funds to do those fun things. You don't have to be a hermit!!!
You can be frugal and still live a wonderful life.
Be a good steward of ALL you have.
You will then live a good and satisfying life!