There are some great byproducts of being frugal. You end up (hopefully) living on less money and saving more; it’s greener without even meaning to be; you’re able to pay down debt quicker; you end up simplifying; maybe even spending more time with your family. It has another byproduct too though, one less talked about, it changes you. You begin being frugal, thinking how can I stretch my money further or live on less? You have no idea but you’re about to go through a change in character.
I remember hearing from my parents while growing up, “Anything worth having takes hard work.” Boy were they right. Marriage, friendships, children, financial peace, strong character; all desirable things which require constant attention and unmatched commitment.
Choosing to live a frugal lifestyle is hard work. If you don’t stop and remember all of the above reasons it can really wear you out. All that hard work isn’t for nothing though, along with all of those other byproducts – it’s building your character. There’s something special about choosing less. Being frugal doesn’t make you superior to anyone else, nor will it solve all of your problems but I do believe there are areas in your life that will be changed by frugality.
- Frugality Reinforces Your Priorities. When you choose to skip out on your country club membership in order to contribute to your daughter’s 529 it’s akin to saying my daughter’s college education is worth more to me than tons of golfing (no my dear golfing friends, I’m not telling you to give up your sport). When you choose to invest your time in clipping coupons and planning meals you emphasize the importance of providing healthy meals for your family, even on a limited budget. When you have to make tough choices with your money it’s going to enforce what’s important to you.
- Frugality Enforces Values. When you make the choice to fore-go a new car in favor of a dependable beater you’re saying that you don’t place your value in material things. When you choose not to work overtime (which would bring in extra money) in order to attend your son’s baseball game it enforces that you value your family more than the extra money. When you have to be choosy about where you spend your money, you’ll mostly use it on things you value.
- Frugality Forces You To Become Responsible. If you don’t become responsible, you won’t be frugal. They go hand in hand. In order to make the most out of what you have you need to plan ahead, track your spending, budget … you get the idea. You can’t be frugal and careless, not for long anyway.
- Frugality Makes You Resourceful. Your brain will begin seeing things as having multiple uses. You’ll invent new gadgets and think up new recipes. When you’re in the mindset of using your money the best you can it helps you use your things the best you can too. You might even find yourself getting a little creative and thinking outside the box, if you’ll allow my cliche phrase.
Living a frugal lifestyle has changed me. I’ve become more domestic and learned many new arts. I feel like it’s reinforced the person that I want to be. Have you found that frugality has changed you?
Why I do what I do ~ This morning I heard Chloe ask Jazmyn, “Is it a caterpillar, a chrysalis or a butterfly?” Are you impressed that I’ve taught her that already? Yeah, well, I didn’t. The Little Einsteins did.