Whether you’re working towards reducing your debt, stockpiling your savings for retirement or just trying to make ends meet, when you embark on the journey of frugality, you’re embarking on a new lifestyle that often goes against the grain of what everyone else does.

Instead of thinking about all that you’re missing out on, take the time to enjoy the journey. Have a look at these benefits of frugality:

  • By embracing frugality, you’re also embracing a simpler life. When you’re not keeping up with the Jones, you have less gadgets to buy, less designer-name clothing to keep up with, less never-before-heard-of ingredients to track down.
  • On a similar note, living the frugal life lends itself to an attitude of contentment. Living a frugal lifestyle means you’ll make the most of what you have and you’ll appreciate it more. This makes for a far more content life, rather than a life obsessing about acquiring more and more things.
  • You’ll also learn what’s “good enough”. Is good enough the latest new thing? Probably not. Good enough is probably sitting on a shelf in your home right now. When we stop focusing on getting the best of everything, we realize that good enough is perfectly fine.
  • Frugality also teaches you a lot about yourself and the world. Frugal people often do a lot for themselves like growing vegetables in a garden or sewing a pair of pants. These skills were once considered necessary to survive, but have now been phased out in recent years. By learning these skills, you’ll be more equipped to survive on your own. Nothing spells accomplishment like learning new skills that are essential to survival.
  • By being frugal now, you will be in a much better place in the future. Like Dave Ramsey says, “Live like no one else, so you can live like no one else later.”
  • Being frugal often equates to being healthier. Since becoming more frugal myself, I’ve eaten healthier and exercised more. I’ve stopped eating out and started making more from scratch recipes. In addition, you’ll do more for yourself (like cutting the grass or paint a room) leading to more exercise.
  • Frugality often calls for you to slow down, where you can get down to the roots of life and what really matters – friends, family and happiness.

So take a moment to enjoy the journey and be thankful that you’ve chosen the frugal path.

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8 Responses to How to enjoy the frugal journey

  1. Loved this Rebecca-all of it is so true :)

  2. Nice post. I couldn’t agree more with your second point. I think a lot of it comes down to contentment. Things will never make us happy for good. If we chase after things then we’ll just get ourselves in a vicious cycle that in the end will result in debt. A lot of that simply comes down to delaying gratification and learning the difference between needs & wants.

    • Rebecca says:

      “Delaying gratification and learning the difference between needs and wants.” – Absolutely. I couldn’t agree more.

  3. I like your statement on “good enough”… very true. Good enough is almost always already owned and in your house. Those who can’t stop themselves from buying the next “big” thing are usually broke.

  4. I really enjoyed reading this post. Being frugal does make you appreciate more important things in your life and teaches you how to be self sufficient. It’s funny how that was the norm not so long ago, but I think in light of the recent recession, frugality is coming back and dare I say, even becoming trendy.

    • Rebecca says:

      Yes, that’s very true. Frugal is becoming trendy. It’s funny to see how now scoring the best deal, DIYing and saving money are all things people brag about when just a few years ago, that wasn’t the case.

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