Promoting frugality as a way to live a simple and prosperous life.
My goal as a blogger and author is to encourage us to use frugality as a way of living a more lovely, simple and fulfilled life–not one of desperation and lack. I truly believe that was the underlying message that Amy Dacyczyn was offering Tightwad Gazette readers all those years. Here’s a new money quote to get us thinking a different way…
Dress for Less for Kindle is out on Amazon. It’s full of frugal ideas about how to find clothing that won’t fall apart after one wearing and one washing.
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The latest census news says that 18% of households in Fairfield County, CT are considered to be in the top 5% of the wealthiest in the country. But, not everyone is part of that 18%/5% crowd. So, if you live here, and you wonder where your money is going, take a look at prices of oil, gas, electricity, property taxes food and cable 20 years ago compared to now. Frugality has always been around, but it’s more important now to find ways to live frugally. You’re not alone in your quest to look for ways to save, reduce and live frugally.
If you read too many personal finance success stories, you may start to feel less inspired, but instead, more frustrated and bad about your own situation. STOP! Remember, not everything is as it seems. Read between the lines.
Have you ever been curious about really cheap wines? There’s the infamously cheap Trader Joe’s wine, Two Buck Chuck, that I could barely keep down when I sampled it a few years ago, so why did I want to try more cheap wine?
When I was 11, my dad died and we didn’t have life insurance. You can bet that memory formed my opinion about the cost of having life insurance.
You never, ever know what is really going on behind closed doors of even the most beautiful and well-manicured house on the most well-to-do block. It’s a lesson it took me years to learn, and I’m hoping that in light of recent events, my kids learn sooner than later that appearances don’t mean much anymore in today’s world.
Frugal is smart, cheap is dumb. But, which are you? One article takes a look at the frugal versus cheap personality.
Isn’t frugality the way to increase net worth which is the true indicator of wealth? Certainly buying “stuff” is one big way to decrease your net worth. Even Warren Buffett, my favorite billionaire, is well known to be frugal, still living in a modest home he purchased for around $31,000 over fifty years ago, according to Investopedia.
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My daughter succumbed to insults about her Tracfone and threw it down the sewer hoping she’d get a new and improved phone. What’s a frugal parent to do?!
Kids will always compare things, such as house sizes. But what influences a kid to say, “My house is bigger than yours, my cars are better than yours….” Parents? My wish for these affluent parents would be for them to realize that they have great power to influence their kids with the right kind of advice. I wish these parents would tell their kids this: “With great ‘wealth’ and square-footage comes great responsibility to be a great person who is humble, compassionate, and respectful.” I can only wish!