I spend time thinking about frugal – what it is, how it gets acted out, how it makes me feel, why I am. I usually feel really good about it until someone comes along and is, you know, one of those people that wants to make everyone else around them feel bad for being who they are. Someone who thinks the only reason a person would be frugal is because I am poor and have to be. That if I had the money to spend to not have to DIY our house, I would. That if I had the money, hubby wouldn’t be the one doing work on our cars instead of a shop, that if I had more money, I wouldn’t thrift shop. That if I had the money, basically, I would spend it all. I am frugal for a variety of reasons, and yes, one of them is limitation of financial resources. But anyone who knows me knows I am responsible with money and don’t spend a lot of it because I see a variety of good reasons not to. I enjoy the process of living on less, living smaller, and living simply. I enjoy not paying an arm and a leg for a huge house that I have to clean. I enjoy the process of DIY remodeling (most of the time). I enjoy thinking about someday when my dollars will have compounded enough to send my children to college and hubby and I can retire early. By living on less now, it makes the future seem brighter since my dollars later will go further. Some need to save a huge X to retire because that is what they’ve learned to live on. My X is small because I have gotten used to differentiating wants and needs.
So there are a few of my reasons. Now I want to hear from you. Why are you frugal? Or if you aren’t, why not? Do you need to be? Do you want to be? Why do you like being frugal and what don’t you like about it? I’d love to hear from you!