What say you? I know we all have different ideas and ways when it comes to that word!
I think being frugal means being a good steward of your money. Not being a spend thrift and thinking long and hard before making big purchases. It means living your best life on less money. It means knowing the difference between wants and needs. It means getting the best value for your dollars.
It means preparing for emergencies of all types - having a pantry and saving funds for such emergencies.
Buying goods of good value for the best price.
Looking for deals, clearance and special sales to add to your stores. Getting the best price.
It means being generous and helping others when you can. I think that is part of our frugal journey. Help others when possible and accept help when needed.
I do believe being frugal becomes a way of life. It has for me. It isn't something I have to consciously think about anymore - it is just a part of me. I do not feel the least deprived. It is my way of life - it is who I am.
I love stretching a dollar as far as I can. It makes me happy. We worked really hard for the funds that I have - so why would I just want to waste them?
I don't feel frugal is about being cheap or a scrooge or miserly. It is about being mindful and a good steward.
What is your view of being frugal?