I’ve always thought I was frugal.
I buy gently used clothes for my children. I look for restaurant coupons before eating out. I decorate my home from clearance items and garage sale finds.
This weekend instead of running my car through the car wash, I powered up the hose. Instead of hiring a carpet cleaner, I got on my hands and knees and let Google guide me to a great stain removal. I served food from my stove 6 days (one day was leftovers) and ate out just once.
But for the first time, I’m left feeling unimpressed with my efforts.
Watching our economy cripple and borrow unthinkable amounts of money from my children’s future, has me rethinking my life.
Because for me, thrifty isn’t frugal anymore.
There’s nothing wrong with being thrifty, but it is different than being frugal. As a thrifty shopper, I buy cheap things I don’t need. As a frugal shopper, I purchase items I need at a good price.
So, for example when I showed you my window seat makeover, it was thrifty because I did it for a small amount of money and shopped the sales, but being frugal would have said, my window seat is fine just the way it is.
And that’s a little hard for this decor loving girl to swallow. (I’ll still be sharing my thrifty projects with you! I’m taking baby steps.)
But since America is pretty much broke these days, and the value of our money and the security of jobs are uncertain, I’ve noticed my desires are changing and I’m more aware of what I buy.
And at the rate we’re going, I firmly believe our money will lose it’s value and our way of life will change.
I have this deep desire to grow food in a garden and put away jars of jelly. I want to pay off my house and drive my car until it can’t go another mile. I want to shave off some of the fluff and cut back.
I’m learning I’m not so frugal after all (although I am happy to be thrifty!)
But I have a plan.
To be continued……..