We all have a story to tell. Our frugal journeys happened at various times and for various reasons. We all did things differently. There is no perfect way or time to start. I know mine started early - then went off track - then got back in line.
I learned to cook, sew, garden, can, mend, launder, and work hard to have what I wanted early on as a child. We all worked around the house doing things. We knew not to waste. Whenever there was something special that I 'WANTED' - I worked and saved for it. I wanted contacts as a teen and my parents said there was no way they were buying them for me. I saved and bought them myself! I bought my first car. I bought some 'special' clothes that I wanted. I learned a good work ethic early.
I got married and got off track there. My ex's family spent money like crazy and it became a bad habit - leaving us full of debt (and no happier). After leaving that situation - I started getting back in the right frame of mind. Luckily, I found a partner in life that agreed me. We both worked very hard to pay off any and all debt, to save and to prepare for the future.
I learned new things and new ways from others as well. I would say my first BIG boost came from the newsletters of The Tightwad Gazette. I saw Amy on TV and ordered her newsletters and then ended up with her books. I would read them front to back over and over.
I know today many of the things are out of date - but the basic ideas are still fantastic. I got all 3 books at yard sales for next to nothing - then I found the complete book years later at a sale. (I do believe the complete has a few things the others don't). I still have all those newsletters too!!!
She truly motivated me to get creative.
I still go through these books every year at some point, just to get myself motivated again.
I have read others and there are a ton of books out there. I used to consume everything I could find (cheaply) on living the frugal life. When I started working hard on this journey - there was no computer and internet at my house. When I did get a computer - it was dial up internet!!!! So needless to say, the world didn't have as much info available as it does today. I READ!!!!
Now I don't do everything they say - as some of the suggestions are pretty far out there! I don't necessarily believe everything I read. I take what works for me and leave the rest. No one person has all the answers.
That is why I do not follow many You Tubers. They are just plain old folks like you and I who are offering up ideas. They have no "insider" info - they are just offering opinions - and we all know what they say about those!!!! Some (many) of the ideas are based on fear and panic. That is NO way to learn anything.
If you are still on the plan to learn (as we should all be) then read good quality info that is not inspired by fear and drama. Follow and read those who are level headed and calm. Nothing can be achieved over night. It truly is a life process.
We should all continue to learn. Each day we should learn something! Take in the info that is good for you and your family and use it. You can adjust it to fit your family. NO ONE has all the answers and NO ONE knows everything. You need to grab bits and pieces here and there.
Tell us how your journey started. Was it a goal? Was it getting out of debt? Was it a necessity?
I love hearing how people got started on the frugal journey and who/what motivated you.
I think we all learn from each other on here - so lets make today another learning opportunity!
Look forward to hearing from you all.