What Does It Mean to Be Frugal in Your Household?

Sunday Nov 13, 2016

Let’s start by looking at the definition of “frugal”:

Some key words that are used to define “frugal” are:  economical, prudent, not wasteful.

Now, let’s look at some synonymns:  thrify, careful, penny-wise, penny-pinching

Notice that the definition didn’t include “deprivation”.  Frugal living doesn’t mean doing without the things you need – it’s about living smarter and spending smarter.

When you are frugal in the way you spend your money – you are getting the best deal on the items that you buy so that you are not wasteful with your money.  You begin to stretch the dollars that you have available and you are able to do more with less.

Sometimes being frugal means that instead of purchasing items, you find ways to make sure with what you already have.   I’m sure you’ve heard the statement:  reuse, repurpose, recycle.  I’d like to add one more word to that — repair.  In this day and age, it’s so easy to just go and buy a new item than to repair an old one.  In the world we live in, it seems everything is disposable and we are taught that by all of the sales and marketing gurus.  They make it sound so easy to just go and purchase a new “widget” instead of repairing an old one.

Sure living a frugal life does take a little more effort than just taking the easy way out.  Instead of this modern age of consumerism, being frugal means buying quality items that will last – not items that will end up being “disposable”.  It means repairing items that wear out or break.  Being frugal means taking care of things so they do last longer.

Stay tuned – more articles coming on how to be frugal in your day-to-day living.



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