When I first started An Exercise In Frugality (www.anexerciseinfrugality.com) I had the intention of sharing coupon deals with people. But it has grown into more than that.
I had spent the majority of my short adult life being completely and totally broke. I know a thing or two about stretching my dollars. From starting over after a bitter breakup and moving across country with nothing (twice) to battling student loan debt to having my electricity shut off....yea I have been there!
My goal as a writer is not only to teach people that you can get more with less, but also that being "frugal" does not have to mean missing out. You don't have to sit at home and do nothing and eat ramen noodles and stale bread. There is much more to life and money than you realize!
My other goal is to let people know that there is no shame in living on a budget. Our society puts money on such a pedestal it's sickening. You can live a great life with less money if you learn how to manage what you have and not stress over it. As long as you can afford to put a roof over your heads, clothes on your family's backs and food in their bellies, nothing else matters.
I want people to see that it is possible to walk that very fine line between broke and poverty and still come out ok at the other end. I want people to know that they don't have to rely on others for financial assistance (whether it be friends and family, or government assistance).
In the end, I hope that others will learn something from my website. I want nothing more than to show you how you can spend less and get more, and by "teaching a man to fish" I can help readers better themselves and their financial situations by living and shopping smarter.
"Frugality without creativity is deprivation."
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