Can Frugality Make You Enjoy Spending Money?
All good things must come to an end, right? I’m sure you’re looking at the title of this post and wondering what in the world I’m talking about. Well folks, this is going to be my last staff post here on Frugal Rules. Yes, I’m moving on from freelancing writing, as my passion for writing has evolved into a passion for work of a more technical nature.
I’ve been writing on this site for some time and it has been a blast. It truly has. I know I leave with the site in the capable hands of the other awesome writers, probably much better than me. I will be focusing on my business and helping other bloggers when technical issues arise. That’s what I enjoy the most. Either way, I want to thank John for the opportunity and for showing me how cool frugality can be.
My View on Frugality Has Changed
When I heard the word “frugal,” the first thought that came to mind was “cheap.” I thought being frugal and being cheap were the same thing. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had no idea what being frugal was really all about. Luckily for me, sites like this one helped me understand that there is a difference between frugality and cheapness and that it is possible to be frugal without being cheap.
When someone told me they were frugal, I thought that meant they bought the cheapest products on the market in every category and made a regular habit of dumpster diving. I looked down on them and thought I was better. It was ridiculous on my part, but that was my perception of frugality. I thought being frugal was not cool. Boy was I wrong!
Frugality is Awesome!
I have to confess that I’m not a frugal guy by nature. Being frugal is something I’ve had to learn. But by reading sites like this and others that show what frugality looks like lived out, I’ve become a frugal man. Today, my family has to sometimes stop me from being too frugal.
I’ve learned that to be frugal means to using your decision making ability to get the best deals and value for your money. When I say value, I mean what we feel the product or service should cost. I used to be focused just on price, but now I look at the intersection between cost, service, and quality. That’s the value I look for when I make a purchase. I want my money to go further and frugality has helped me do that.
Being Frugal is Helping Me Enjoy My Money
Who would have thought that taking on a frugal mindset would help me enjoy my money? I now understand how hard it is to keep my money, so when I do spend it, I typically only buy things that provide me enjoyment. Well, beyond my regular bills anyway!
To me, frugal living means finding that line where I’m willing to spend money for experiences and not worry about the bottom line. When I want to spend money, I now look for the best deals, while still getting the value I want to achieve. If I were cheap, I would go with the bottom price each and every time. I think that would affect many things beyond just my mindset.
We all have our limits on how frugal we will be, but the important thing is that we at least try to be frugal. Make sure you understand the value you are looking to achieve when spending your money. Frugality isn’t about finding the lowest priced product or service. It’s about spending your money wisely without sacrificing what’s truly important to you.
I could have never imagined how this one simple word would have changed my life financially. Going from a mindset of “frugal people are crazy” to “hell yeah, I’m frugal” is something I never would have imagined happening to me. I credit this transformation to those who teach us about frugality on sites like this and are willing to share their ideals with others, regardless of how they are perceived for holding those ideals.
If you want to live a comfortable life and not worry about money on a daily basis, then embrace frugality. Integrate it into your everyday life and enjoy the fruits of your labor! I know I have and my financial life has never been better.
How has living frugally helped you enjoy spending your money a little more? How do you find value in the products and services you buy? How important is cost to you when you’re making a purchase?