As I write this, I’m realizing that frugality comes naturally to me. I’m naturally a saver. I once found sixty dollars in cash in an old birthday card while cleaning out a drawer of my room. I am pretty sure it had been there for years. I say all of this because it doesn’t come natural for everyone to cut back and do with less. I will try to make it more appealing for those of you who are trying to tighten up the purse strings by explaining my methods.
1. If you want to get excited about living frugally, think of it as a challenge. I’m not an ultra competitive person with my peers, but when it comes to setting goals for myself, I am. Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew, and it becomes more of a long-term goal instead of the short-term goal that I anticipated, but I try to push through anyway. When I set out to create our first budget and make it work, it was, well, laughable. But I thought to myself, “What if I could make this work?” It was like a challenge deep within my soul. If I could make this work, I would be super woman. When I get down on the limited amount of money I can spend on things, I remind myself how amazing it is that we can live this way, and we are extremely happy as a family. That’s a win-win in my book!
2. You must educate yourself to become a frugal person. It’s a process of self-learning and learning from others. Thankfully, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are so many websites and blogs out there that are dedicated to helping you save money. I can’t take credit for my money-saving know how. Most of what I know and use came from online sites that give free tools and advice. Be ready to study and dig in deep. Find what works best for your lifestyle and schedule. Things in your life may change, and you may need to adjust how you plan, budget and shop. Don’t delay in getting educated!
3. Learn how to love what you already have. This seems cliche to say, but it will change the way you live your life. If there are things you don’t use or like, get rid of them. You can have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, or a few chic outfits that make you feel good every time you where them. Eat on your nice china once a week for a special meal, otherwise you may never use it. (I’m preaching to myself.) If your kids’ toys are taking over your house, donate some or put them away and switch out when they get bored with the ones already out. Rearrange your furniture and accessories instead of buying new things. I do this seasonally just for fun. If you can learn to love what you have, it will help quench the “need” for new things and save you a ton of money in the process.
So to sum it all up – take the challenge, get educated, & love what you have!