Lately I’ve been doing a lot of Five Frugal Things blog posts. Partially because they’re easy to write, but also to demonstrate how true frugality is a mix of the dramatic and the little stuff. And mostly, it is the little stuff.
Frugality is going to the grocery store and sticking to your list, it’s meeting up with a friend for a walk instead of lunch, it’s creating meals from what’s on hand instead of getting takeout and it’s choosing to be content with what you already own.
But if you want to know the one key frugal thing that trumps all others it’s this:
Find satisfaction and contentment in daily frugality.
Without comparison to others and without a sense of deprivation. Own it. Eat those bean based meals not because you’re broke, but because it gives you control over your life. Fill your home with fixed up free furniture not to brag on Pinterest, but to keep your expenses in check. Back away from social media if you find that seeing the sanitized versions of your friends’ lives makes you feel bad about your own.
Find your own contentment and frugality will follow.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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