I am frugal?
I am frugal.
When I was unsure of myself when I was little, my dad would always comment, “Are you asking me or are you telling me?” I’ve become much more clear on a lot of things since then. I do love the Cubs. I did work hard and get everything done before I went over to my friend’s. Oh, and I’m definitely going to ace my spelling test tomorrow.
But until recently, I think I would have ended statements about my frugality with a question mark. I might have also whispered them. ::I am frugal?::
Now, though, I feel a lot more emphatic.
And it’s not just because I’ve been blogging for three years, and I’ve been nominated for the second year in a row for Best Frugality blog.(If I’m being totally honest, though, exuberant is a better word than emphatic when it comes to those Plutus nominations!) But I think the emphasis actually comes from the fact that I’ve had the chance to stop and think about how I have changed on this journey to more purposeful living and intentional spending.
Here are my top five favorite posts that I’ve written about frugality:
I have so much fun sharing all of my awkward adventures in frugality. While I’d like to be the whole series, I think the one that started it all is a keeper. And yes, I still buy my vegetables from the “bad food” shelf. Don’t hate on my 29-cent green peppers, Granny.
As much as I am learning to adopt and embrace a more frugal lifestyle, I must insist that frugality isn’t the panacea it is painted as. Being frugal gets you a lot of things. But let’s be real. When
your earnings put you in the upper middle class lower upper class you make bank, that’s worth talking about too.
Perhaps why I balked so hard at being call frugal is because it is often used synonymously with cheap. It is not the same. I would never ever return used towels, Giuliana Rancic.
People who are on the fence about frugality talk about it like it’s a sacrifice. Or an extraterrestrial lifeform. Or Crossfit. Assuming the first rule of Crossfit is actually tell everyone you do Crossfit (that’s only what I can infer based on literally every interaction I’ve had with someone who works out at The Box), then I suppose frugality is exactly like this particular form of fitness. It’s a sacrifice but you get so much from it. #worthit
Like most things people fight over, I’m not actually sure if we have a difference of opinion or if we are just working from different definitions. It seems to me that if we are going to quibble about frugality, we should actually define it, no?
Final Thoughts on Frugality
There’s so much more to frugality than coupons and cheap meal plans. But let me be clear. There’s also nothing wrong with coupons or dining on a budget. Frugality is definitely still misunderstood, sometimes even by the people who practice it (hello!). But the benefits are profound, so let’s keep the conversation going, shall we?
So Tell Me…How do you define frugality? Do you consider your frugal? Do you have any frugally awkward stories to share?