There was a (long) period in my adult life when a frugal lifestyle was a necessity, not a choice. I learned a lot from those lean times, and eventually realized that, regardless of income, there are actually reasons for choosing this lifestyle. Reasons that are about much more than just money.
Because being frugal is something we usually equate with a job loss, or other circumstances that require cutting out excess and pinching pennies, it can be difficult to understand that living frugally can be something that people might do by choice.
Being frugal can be a necessity or a choice. For our family, it is a mixture of both. We don’t have tons of disposable income – so there is a bit of necessity, but we also see it as a matter of good stewardship in the world around us and recognizing that we are a part of something much bigger than just being consumers. It’s part of our minimalist lifestyle.
It’s one thing to be frugal when you have no choice, and it can be pretty straight-forward. But how do you live frugally when it’s by choice, and the world is screaming at you to consume everything?
Find out our tips for a sticking with a frugal lifestyle here: http://www.livingthelifefantastic.com/2014/08/5-tips-sticking-frugal-lifestyle/
Karla Archer (@KarlaArcher)
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