Before we found minimalism, I tried everyway possible to save money – even extreme couponing! I had a stockpile and a coupon binder. I was *that* couponer. But my ways of over-consumption changed whenever we found minimalism and made it our own flavor – frugal minimalism.
Shopping has become a past time for so many of us. It makes us feel happy! But it also clutters our homes and empties our bank accounts. Other than shopping, what else could we fill our time with?
In today’s world, saving money can be tough. Many of us aren’t earning as much as we used to and the cost of living has gone up. That means what we can save on a regular basis has decreased. Or has it? I’ve fallen victim to “lifestyle creep” where you spend more when you earn more AND everything you’ve previously owned, just isn’t good enough. You need better! (says the world). This is where frugality comes in. The goal of frugal living can be quite simple – save money.
Thrifting used to be a dirty word. Why would I go into a thrift store to buy something… used? Perfect new items are right down the street at Target! I want to scream at myself for ever thinking that thrift stores and shopping secondhand was “bad”. In fact, I now believe thrifting is one of the most amazing things out there! And I think you should thrift, too!
When money is tight you need to cook meals on a budget. That’s done by stocking your pantry with frugal foods. See just what we keep in our pantry to save money.
Like all good conversation topics (joking), this idea came to me when someone asked in a Facebook group “Is there such a thing as a ‘how-cheap-can-I-be? calculator?”. I immediately looked to my husband to see if he could build a fancy pie chart pivot table spreadsheet, and alas, that wasn’t what I got.
Instead, he replied with some no-nonsense advice.
“YA NEED A BUDGET!”
Practical, true. Realistic, yes. But how do you calculate just how frugal can you be?
Let’s take this “how frugal can you be?” question into experiment mode!*
Living frugally does not mean that you need to deprive yourself of everything enjoyable. Yes, you’re out to save money but that doesn’t mean you can’t have stuff. As a frugal minimalist, our life feels luxurious. How?Our basic needs are met and we make our “wants” intentional. We view frugality as already having abundance, not deprivation. We enjoy our frugal lifestyle.
No matter how long you’ve been in your current relationship, I bet you’ve gone on a few (dozen… or hundred) dates with this person. Some have probably been super fancy and impressive. I’m here to tell you that not all dates can come straight from a Hallmark movie. When you’re on a budget or just don’t want to give into lifestyle inflation, cheap date night ideas are a must.
Your money mindset matters. That mindset determines how you spend your money. If you don’t think frugal living is possible, then you’ll never achieve savings success – because you don’t see that as a goal!
Whatever the reason you want to get into frugal living, here are some practical frugal living tips that can help save you hundreds of dollars every month.
Happy New Year! I’m so excited that it’s 2020. It’s the start of a new year, new decade, and a new you! If you’re like me, you’ve set some great goals for yourself. One of mine is to be healthier this year. But can you be healthy on a budget?
The answer is yes!