4 Ways To Help Define Frugal
If you struggle financially, there could be several reasons why. You could have:
- an income problem,
- spend more than you make,
- or even have a shopping addiction.
Well, there is a new movement afoot. A move to simplify life by reducing your need for “stuff”. Sure there are basics of life that you need, but I’m talking about all the glitter, glam, and new decorative stuff you see in magazines and more.
Learn 4 ways to help define frugal in your own life. And trust me, you don’t have to deprive yourself of what you need. You are just learning to better define just what those needs are. It doesn’t mean putting yourself on such a frugal diet that you are miserable either. In fact, many who have taken on this new definition of frugal, have surprisingly found a new freedom.
EMPOWERMENT towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
All because you will discover that you don’t have to be dependent on “stuff” for happiness. And by not needing so much “stuff” you will find more financial freedom too.
Here are 4 ways that you can get started on this new definition of frugal. And enjoy it too!
1. Make Things By Hand
One thing that you will find about being frugal is the personal satisfaction that you will get from hand-making your own items. There are so many things that you can make. Things such as:
- and so much more.
In fact, once you get started you will only be slowed down by your own imagination and creativity. You may even discover a new hobby, and possibly a new source of income.
For instance, maybe you love to take photos of nature and birds. What if you printed and framed those unique shots? Not only can you decorate your own home with them, but you can also give them as gifts. Or perhaps put some on your local Facebook buy & sell groups and sell them. Sure, why not!
Even making a new meal from leftovers can become a wonderful creation. A little of this, a little of that and you have a new recipe.
Learning how to sew is another way to open up a new definition of frugal. For instance, clothing that doesn’t fit or is damaged can be made into something else. Old bed sheets can transformed into crib sheets very easily. You can then use them for your own children, give as gifts to new moms, or even donate to a pregnancy crisis center. There are many items you can make such as throw pillows, stuffed animals, children pajamas and more.
By making your own household cleaners, not only will you save money, but you will be reducing the harmful effects of chemicals on your family.
2. You Don’t Have To Buy That !
Quite simply—stop and think before you buy.
Before you shell out the dollars or break out the credit cards, ask yourself if you really have to buy a new such-and-such.
- Can you make it?
- Do you know someone else who could make it?
- Or better yet, can it be repaired, refurbished, or otherwise redone?
Take your counter tops for instance. Maybe they’re stained, pitted, and in overall bad shape. Should you throw out the old counter tops and get new ones? If you’re into the frugality movement, think of a way to repair and fix them. Maybe you could do mosaic over the old counter tops, or even paint them. You could tile them. Sometimes it just requires a little creative thought to get away from buying what you probably don’t need.
Use the money you are saving by simplifying life and pay down debt. Being debt free will be truly EMPOWERING.
3. Find Simple Pleasures
Did you know you can experience pleasures without spending money? For many people, the honest answer is no!
But you can, and finding those pleasures in your daily life will surprise you.
- Learn to appreciate nature, art, and the beauty all around you;
- take up a hobby and produce beautiful treasures;
- plant a garden;
- take a walk;
- borrow a good book from the library;
- even volunteering with a group can bring you simple pleasures.
The thing to remember is that finding pleasure in your life does not have to cost money.
Have you ever heard the saying, “the best things in life are free”? Make it true in your life.
Just like finding simple pleasures,
- spending time with people you love,
- exploring a creek or stream,
- walking your dog,
- building a snowman…
these are all things that cost nothing but can offer great life rewards. And many of them will be priceless. You’ll see.
But if there are truly items that you need to make the day to day home management easier, look for free exchange Facebook groups in your community. Or perhaps you can sell some of those hand crafted items you’ve been making and buy what you are needing. Shop around for your best deal, whether on Amazon or on a local buy and sell site. Being frugal means knowing how to find your best deal for your dollars too.
And then, there are groups such as ourselves, Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs that holds free events 4 times a year open to all. Also, private appointments are available 6 days a week too.
The New Frugal Movement Is Expanding
Perhaps you don’t live in our Muskoka region. Well, recently, a similar group was started in the city of Barrie, Ontario. They call themselves the Glowing Hearts Community: Give And Take.
So, take a few minutes and check out the services offered in your own community. You might be surprised to find out what is there for free or a small fee. Either way, you will be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE as you discover the new definition of frugal. Remember in order to get you started on this new journey, try these 4 simple ways:
- Make Things By Hand
- You Don’t Have To Buy That!
- Find Simple Pleasures
Are you looking for ways to reduce the spending in your budget? Well, make sure you join Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs and I’ll send you the free Basic Budgeting Worksheet. A simple worksheet to get you started. Because how can you know where you are going if you don’t know where you are right now? And I means besides “broke”. So, join up below, and let’s get started on helping to EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.