Does frugal living means repressing wishes and avoiding expectations?
I came across many frugal blogs where those bloggers wrote what not to do. Is frugal living is about convincing our mind not to do things just because we cant afford it or can't do it physically, financially or any other social way? Is it about curbing on inner wishes?
No, I don' think it is about curbing our inner wishes. Frugal living to me means we make more prudent choices and plan for those things we want whether something sensible or something outrageous. I think a lot of money is wasted on impulsive spending and it is much better to plan your spending for things you really want and frugal living allows one to use the money saved for those "wants."
Being frugal is about managing your resources well and planning for the dreams you have for the future. I address this very subject in my hub, http://calebsparks.hubpages.com/hub/How … mfortably#
Quite the opposite, it is about empowering yourself by learning to value and use what you have. It's about developing skills and embracing simplicity and getting away from the rat race.
I wrote a hub on 101 Frugal Living tips that talks about embracing the right mindset - it isn't just about what "not" to do - but what TO do to live happier on less. Doing this allows me to splurge on luxuries that truly matter in life. Instead of that next widget or gadget, I take my family on vacation every couple of years.
Far from deprivation, it's about liberation. If you approach frugality from a deprived mindset it won't work.
I believe that by maintaining a frugal lifestyle as your default position in life you open yourself to the world of possibilities of what you can do with what you have. Living frugally today allows you to maximize those things you do and possess in life now while at the same time preparing you to make the most of what you will have tomorrow.
As the saying goes, "Money does not buy happiness, but it does by choices." I am a firm believer in that philosophy. By making careful choices today I have the option later to use what I have saved in whatever manner I wish. If I use all that I have today without thought of how it is spent, I will probably have accumulated many things that do not add meaning or experience to my life and will not be treasured.
A frugal lifestyle is a thoughtful lifestyle. Choices - not sacrifices - are made in the now so that I may do things I want to do later. Later does not have to be retirement age; it can be 2 weeks. But, I will be prepared for it because I have planned for it.
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