What Are You Thankful For?

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What are you thankful for? It's cliche, but it's Thanksgiving and time to give thanks for things in our lives. Here are a few things I'm thankful for.

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is this Thursday! This year has absolutely flown by for the Frugal Rules family. I don’t know about you, but it can be a challenge during the busiest times to sit back and reflect on what is going on in your life.

This has always been a struggle of mine. I get wrapped up in the moment, what I have to get done and give little regard to what has happened. As Mrs. Frugal Rules would say, it’s my “task mode.” Long story short, it can be difficult to be thankful during those times because you feel like you’re on an unending treadmill and you won’t let yourself get off.

We focus on that feeling or that moment and think we have little to nothing to be thankful for. Even in the worst of times, I refuse to believe that to be true.

Stop, Reflect and Give Thanks


I know it’s cliché. It’s Thanksgiving and we’re “supposed” to be thankful. Don’t just go through the motions. Rather, take time to sit back and reflect. Reflect over what has happened over the course of the past week, month and year to look over what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve struggled with and where you’re going. If you’re like me, it can be a struggle to do this when there are distractions that can garner attention. I have to choose to turn those off to truly reflect on things.

Make it a common practice, not one that ends after you collapse on the couch in a food induced coma after sidling up to the Thanksgiving feast. Not that there’s anything wrong with that as I’ll likely be doing that myself. 😉

Studies show a thankful attitude can be good for your physical and mental health. I also believe such a practice can help you be true with yourself so you can identify where you want to be in life.

With that in mind, today’s post is short and sweet. No talk about money. Only an encouragement to reflect on what you’re thankful for and a challenge to continue with that mindset on some sort of semi-regular basis. Oh, and a short list from me of some of the things I am most thankful for right now:

  • I’m thankful for my awesome wife and kids
  • I’m thankful that everyone in my family is all relatively healthy
  • I’m thankful for the freedom of being able to travel when we like
  • I’m thankful that in spite of my current busyness I enjoy working for myself
  • I’m thankful to live in a country where I can believe what I want to believe
  • I’m thankful for challenges causing me to grow as a business owner
  • I’m thankful for being able to max out our 401(k)s this year


What are you thankful for? It's cliche, but it's Thanksgiving and time to give thanks for things in our lives. Here are a few things I'm thankful for.

Also, as a means to encourage others I’d like for you to share in the comments section what you’re thankful for recently. It can be money related, it can be non-money related, it can be whatever you want it to be. 🙂

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John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.

Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.

Another one of John's passions is helping people save $80 per month by axing their expensive cable subscriptions and replacing them with more affordable ones, like Hulu with Live TV.


  • Mark@BareBudgetGuy says:

    Thankful for the kiddos! We often feel like we are messing them up, but every once in a while we look at them and think-hey, they’re actually turning out all right.

  • Thias @It Pays Dividends says:

    I am thankful for a beautiful wife and daughter. I am especially thankful that my wife and I put ourselves in a position financially that she was able to resign from her job to stay home and raise the little one full-time.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family John!

  • Emily @ JohnJaneDoe says:

    I am:
    Thankful for the hubby and Little Bit.
    Thankful for a healthy body and mind.
    Thankful for living in a beautiful, safe, secure country with plenty of economic, political and social freedoms.

  • Brian @DebtDiscipline says:

    I’m thankful for for my beautiful wife and three great children! Love watching them grow into young adults.

  • Natalie @ Financegirl says:

    I’m thankful I quit practicing law, ended a relationship, started a new career, started a business, and moved to a new city. That’s what happened in 2015 for me and I’m so thankful for each of these choices!

  • Holly@ClubThrifty says:

    My list is similar to yours. I’m thankful for my country, my family, and our health!

  • Kalie @ Pretend to Be Poor says:

    I’m thankful for my husband & two kids (happy 2nd birthday to my girl today!), many good friends, a relationship with God, having all our needs met, and for everyone who encouraged me to start blogging a year ago. It’s been super fun!

  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says:

    Wonderful post. In today’s troubling times, there surely is LOTS to be thankful for. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach says:

    Always good to pause in life and think about all the things we DO have versus what we want in life or don’t currently have. I’m very thankful for good health, friends, family, and opportunity.

  • Ramona @ Personal Finance Today says:

    We are healthy. And together. And were able to put food on the table, while also enjoying a lot of time with our daughter. We are thankful for all this ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LeisureFreak Tommy says:

    I am thankful for my bride of 38 years who embraced frugal living with me so we could retire early. I am thankful for my children and now also my grandchildren. I am thankful that my kids are all doing well financially and in their personal lives. I am thankful for your post for giving me pause this morning and taking the time to reflect on what I am thankful for.
    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

  • Adam @ says:

    Gratitude is key. We’re thankful to both be gainfully employed during this oil bust in Houston and to have our health, friends and family.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Agreed Adam, gratitude is key. There are so many in this world who have little that we really should be grateful for what we do have.

  • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

    I’m thankful for my new job. I was looking to move up and still can’t believe how well it worked out.

  • Shannon @ Financially Blonde says:

    I am thankful for many of the same things as you John, family, career, savings, etc. but more recently I am thankful for the reminders that life is short and precious and we need to live each day to the fullest. It’s easy to get caught up into the grind and think everything is important but when you see how quickly your world can change, it gives you a much needed dose of perspective and I am thankful for that perspective.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I could not agree more Shannon. We never know what might be around the corner – living life to the fullest and reflecting regularly are key ways to live in light of that.

  • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse says:

    I am thankful for my family, first and foremost. They are my biggest cheerleaders as I am theirs. I am grateful for a long holiday weekend where I get to spend time with loved ones too. Happy Thanksgiving, John!

  • Kim says:

    I’m very thankful for my family and all the fun things we’ve been able to do this year. I’m thankful for having a good income and work flexibility that allows us to do the things we do.

  • Jason B says:

    I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m also thankful for the growth of my side hustles.

  • Amy says:

    Just recently, I have been VERY thankful for health insurance. It turned what could have been a costly, 2-night hospital stay into a very affordable $1700 (which also makes me thankful for a healthy emergency fund). All is well now–no long term effects. And that makes me thankful for my health! Yay! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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