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As our economy changes day by day, I have decided a long time ago to become a frugal family. This is one of the best decisions that I have made.
Becoming a Frugal Family
Becoming a frugal family does not mean that your family can not have the finer things in life. It also does not mean that you have to live in the stone ages. In fact, it is the exact opposite. I have the fancy the smartphones, tablets, laptops, we have gaming systems. Quite honestly, we have way more than we need.
I grew up in a frugal house. My mom did the best she could, with what we had and I learned from her. With today’s technology, I have surpassed her frugal teachings. I have now taught her things that she is implementing to make her life a little more frugal.
I am also teaching the next generation to be frugal. My kids love going to thrift stores, second-hand clothes from friends and even helping me shop for deals and couponing. It surprises me to say that my younger child is far more interested in helping mom save money. She loves turning out the lights on everyone, and when you say something, her favorite response is “Mom, I saving the power bill.” My oldest was active in helping me until she discovered boys. Yet, she can find a cart full at the thrift store for less than $20.00.
My husband has even joined the frugal bandwagon. I am glad of this, because now he sees exactly my “why” for saving. My “why” is because we are a single income family. I hate seeing his…I mean our hard earned money being spent frivolously. While I do bring in a little money, it is not enough to put a dent into our major bills.
Staying a Frugal Family
I have every intent on staying a frugal family, for as long as I have the ability to do so. Why should I waste money? Why throw hard earned money down the drain? So, if this means taking a few moments out of my day to clip a coupon, or scan sales fliers then I am down. If this means not purchasing a pair of $80.00 jeans, that is okay too. I usually shop around and find a close alternate through somewhere like Amazon for a fraction of the price. Who cares if I change my auto or home insurance company? If I can save money, then yes I will change.
Why You Should Become Frugal Too
A frugal lifestyle is not hard. Once you are in the swing of it, it is quite easy and becomes second nature. Becoming frugal does not mean you have to go without the luxuries. All it means is that you have see where you can cut a few dollars here and there. Can you change your cell phone plan or company and save some money? Probably. Would you change your insurance for the same coverage if it cost less? Hopefully. What about your cable or internet providers? While some are in locked in areas, usually if you check around, you can easily find something close.
You do not have to live in the stone ages anymore. Being a little bit frugal can save you a lot of money in the long run. This could mean you can retire early, or splurge on a vacation. Who does not like the sound of that?
What do you want to learn about becoming a frugal family? What are your tips for being frugal? Do your family members help?
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