I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
Next time you have a desire to spend, take a few minutes to ask yourself the following:
1. Can I afford it?
2. Do I really need it?
3. Do I need it NOW?
4. Do I have something like it already?
5. Is this the best deal?
We have needs and we have wants. Sometimes I want something and wait a day or two and realize I don't need it or want it.
Consider saving some money by doing the following:
Hang your wash out to dry on a nice, sunny, breezy day. When I had a house, I'd love to hang out my sheets, clothes and even stuffed toys after washing them. I can't do this now since I live in a condo but there are alternatives like hanging in the basement and/or using clothing racks. I still use my dryer but we make sure it is energy star rated and cleaned at least every 6 months from lint build up.
Use ceiling fans instead of your air conditioner(s).
Cut family member's hair. It's easy for me to cut my husband's hair as he wears a buzz cut and a friend of mine who is a beautician taught me how to cut my husband's hair and shape it up when finished. There are also websites you can learn from and even booklets inside the hair cutting kits you can purchase.
Being frugal does not mean constantly doing without. Being frugal allows you to enjoy what is important to you and splurge every now and again.
Always, always consider shopping at local establishments within your community and keep their businesses going strong.
Anyone else have ideas to share?