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Frugal or Cheap?

October 21, 2010

In my grandparents day, they’d have called it cheap, penny pinching, nothing for waste. In my day, it’s frugal, green, simple, old fashioned living, and many more monikers which inspire warm and fuzzy economic thoughts.  No matter what you call it, more and more people are searching for ways to stretch that penny dollar. It’s no different in my house. I have long known that we desperately really needed a budget, but procrastination IS my middle name.

Well. I managed to get a good start on one this week. A few wrong choices in our spending habits not only got our attention, but really gave us a ‘come to Jesus’ moment.  Our priorities, we didn’t have them, let alone have them wrong.

A good sit down, eye to eye soul searching ensued.  A sad state of affairs, let me tell you.

We’re not perfect in our spending, and probably will never be. But having a plan, learning to be flexible and being about to live within our means, are very lofty simple goals.  Appreciating what we have, taking care of it, fixing it as needed, will prolong the life of virtually anything.

A simple ‘google’ search can bring a wealth of knowledge, tips and tricks from those bygone days of cheap, er, simple living. Even today, there are many wonderful blogs and sites which provide easy ways too cut costs, stretch the dollar and still live a meaningful life.

What more could we want?

Those ‘old’ values of working hard, stretching your money, paying in full up front, living within your means, and providing for your family are not really out of reach for us today.

With all the conveniences we have to make life simple; doesn’t it strike you as odd that life has instead become more complicated, more rushed, less time to spend with family and friends, less time available to enjoy life?

The current economic crisis has many looking at their lives closer, looking to see where the money is going, where the time is wasted. Suddenly, life isn’t something to rush through. Many are seeing the true value in things and people. Many are making efforts to reduce their possessions, their activities and their commitments. Some simply cannot afford to continue those indulgences.

We are joining the many who’ve come to this conclusion.  We are joining the ‘simple & cheap’ bandwagon.

Will you? If you have made steps and strides in this direction already, how have you done it?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kaleigh permalink
    October 21, 2010 1:11 pm

    I’ve had my moment of clarity but sadly my husband hasn’t yet. I’m still working to get him on the same page. I have all our bills carted out until the end of the year with everything that needs to be paid and then, given his normal paycheck, how much we have left over for groceries.
    It’s super hard to want all the things that you see other’s having and know that you could have them but they are out of your reach. It feels so much better to just buy them.
    Let me know what tips you have or have found to help me out because I need some more organizational ideas as I am the mayor president and founding member of the procrastinator’s club.

    • October 21, 2010 1:14 pm

      Oh, I will let you know! I plan on doing a few more posts dedicated to this. Anything in particular?

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