When some think of frugality, words like restriction, limitation, and great sacrifice come to mind. Finding happiness is not usually the first thought that runs through people’s minds.
Frugal living, however, is not what you would expect. It does not fill one’s life with longing, misery, and jealousy. It actually has brought true contentment and happiness to many. There are many people living a frugal life and enjoying it. In fact, those who have converted to the frugal living motto, often comment how they wish they started following that path sooner.
A frugal person finds joy in meeting goals, reducing stress, and freeing themselves of financial burdens. Each step they take towards being debt free or retiring early often feels like a huge success. “Frugalites” don’t spend their time and energy focusing on what they don’t have or if they own something that is second hand. They focus on what really matters; do they have the resources to get done what they need to get done. For example, they don’t worry if they have a new car that has all of the bells and whistles. They focus on having a car, new or used, that will get them from point A to point B. That’s it.
Frugality also allows one to explore their creative side. Coming up with ways to cut your costs or how to stretch your “buck” can be a very thought provoking exercise. Frugal livers focus on cutting costs one category at a time so they don’t get overwhelmed. By addressing each category one by one, they can see results quicker, compared to spreading it out amongst many. Little progress is usually not noticed as much as big progress.
Frugal people also set goals. It is what keeps them motivated. Small victories on a daily basis are what drive them to continue from one day to the next. They know that each penny saved will add up; Each penny saved will get them one step closer to living debt free.
Can you even comprehend a life where you had no debt? All you would have is your main living expenses. Every extra dollar over that would be yours to use on your dreams. Retiring early, taking that big trip, or donating to that special cause would be within your reach. You would be able to follow your passions and dreams without having to stress about where you would get the money to do it. All of that money you have saved will go to a purpose that is important to you and not in some banks pocket or on possessions that you never use. Your money would be spent with meaning and intention.
Now wouldn’t that make you happy?