It’s not that I don’t practice frugality; it’s that I don’t do it well enough. I am sure that many of us could take a lesson or two in how to be more frugal. The sad truth is that many of us don’t challenge our frugality limits for fear of being labelled cheap. Frugality and cheapness are not the same thing. Being cheap means purchasing the cheapest item out there even though it may break five times faster than its more frugal yet slightly more expensive cousin.
Frugal comes from the Latin meaning frugalis “virtuous, thrifty”
Cheap is well, just plain cheap. Cheap is synonymous with poor quality, low value and in the derogatory sense, plain stingy.
It was interesting to read that there is no derogatory term for frugal.
The No Spend Reboot
Lately, I’ve told myself a thousand times that I need to hit the reset button, to restart everything and refocus. The irony is that it comes at the end of the year with a new one ahead.
Why would I want to try again? Why not I say.
I am tenacious by nature and refuse to let anything conquer me or to give up. If I fail, I simply try again taking the last failures lessons with me. This is just one reason why I am trying a no spend year again. That and I would like to be financially free and it falls in line with my latest list of goals. Financial freedom has always been in the background of everything I have done on this blog, and with every attempt I have made to curb spending.
Who says it will work this time Spenderella?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing says it will work this time, except for the faith I have in myself that I can conquer this challenge. Many around me, especially other PF bloggers have such faith in each other that we can reach these goals. It’s wonderful to have their support, but without faith in myself, I will get nowhere at all. It’s key for me to keep faith in myself and to believe that after three years of trial and error, I will get this done.
On Being Different
I want to be different; I do not want to be just another shopaholic like almost every other North American out there. I want to go against the grain. I must embrace my values to achieve the metamorphosis from Spenderella to Saverella.
Being Proud to Say I’m Frugal
For years and most of the 90’s North American society enjoyed a surge in wealth and a booming economy. All we knew was abundance but this was thanks to the frugal foundation planted by our parents and their parents. If we don’t stop this cycle of mass consumption and using up everything in sight, there will be nothing left eventually. Using something up until it is completely exhausted before purchasing new is something I am not the best at. I have my moments where I do enjoy something and use it up until it’s falling apart at the seams but it’s not often. Part of enjoying life, is to enjoy something and make full use of it. That is what being frugal is. If I can save water, electricity, and use things up until they are twice done and avoid items needlessly going into a landfill, I will be proud to say I am Frugal. Yes, this may sound a little tree huggerish but isn’t that what we should be doing? Taking care of everything and everyone around us?
It’s time for all of us to fly our Frugality freak flags!!!
For the remainder of 2014 and for all of 2015 I will:
Practice frugality to the best of my ability.
Practice conscious spending on those items I am allowed to purchase.
Practice a no spend year meaning no purchases of clothing period, which means:
- NO CLOTHING.
- NO SHOES.
- No Sporting goods.
- No excessive, needless expenditures on skincare, perfumes or makeup. Only what I need.
- NO ELECTRONICS (even if something breaks).
- NO MAGAZINES. Books are allowed, but only minimally, meaning only if I cannot find it at the library.
Embrace my budget as a mile marker for staying on track.
Practice having a lust for life not stuff.
My No Spend Year starts again Jan 1st 2015 and I’m looking forward to persevering through this challenge.