Frugality and Keeping What’s Important


When people start out on the path to better finances, many go overboard and slash their budgets to the bone. (Either that or they cut one tiny thing and claim success). They cut out every little extra expense and leave themselves with nothing but food, utilities, housing, and other essentials. It’s like going on a crash diet, but with money. There can be no joy, no pleasure, no indulgence or else it’s like falling off the wagon.

Of course, it’s not too many weeks later (maybe only days) before the cracks start to appear in this plan. The indulgences start to slip in. Coffees are bought at Starbucks and meals are eaten out. A book is purchased. Before you know it, these peo


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3 Responses to Frugality and Keeping What’s Important

  1. Minny says:

    Just what Amy Tightwad Gazette advocates. When one starts to examine where money goes it is usually the spending on things one isn’t bothered about that means we can’t have those things we really want!

  2. Gail says:

    When myson saw the prices of two quilting magazines I bought the other day, he about had a heart attack. BUT, what he forgets is my life is composed of staying home most of the time due to health problems. Doctors, drugstore, grocery store, and the occassional library visit is pretty much my world. I havent been to the movies in over 10 years. I just got my hair cut for the first time in over 6 months, I haven’t bought any new clothes in years, I don’t wear makeup, and I could go on. I have found though that losing myself in a quilting or sewing magazine or book helps me ignore my chronic pain and is what for others would be my ‘outing’. I don’t make apologies for the treats I do spend on as they are insignificant in our budget. When money is super tight and I don’t have a spare penny for a magazine, I will pull out a stack of old issues and enjoy them all over again. So yes for me books and magazines are important as well and I don’t spend on the stuff that isn’t.

  3. Daria says:

    Living frugally doesn’t mean you have to do without. I thought this too when I started to save more money but I was mistaken. There is no need to get frustrated. Just sign up at and start bartering stuff online. You’d be surprised how much money you’ll save and you won’t even notice it.

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