When I think "frugality", it's often associated with budgeting, finding the best deals, being thrifty and not buying more than you need to – all of which are important components on your way to living frugally.
But more than that, on a very basic level, living frugally means living simply, finding joy and contentment in the simple things in life, in pleasures that cost you nothing – or next to nothing. For some, it can be a small adjustment. For others, it can be a total turnaround. To choose your path, you will need to evaluate your long-term goals and the vision of your family life.
The list of fun things you can do with less money (and often less hassle) is practically endless. Take walks, rather than driving; invite people over, rather than eating out – or, for a change of air, go out for a picnic! Instead of slouching in front of the TV, only watch selected good movies (there aren't too many anyway), and during the rest of your leisure time, do something active; grow plants; find a creative hobby; use the library – use your imagination!
Above all, it's mostly about enjoying everyday life with its simple happenings: sunshine and cool, breezy wind. The smell of fresh cookies baking in the oven. Clean laundry on the line, sweet-smelling and sparkling white. Children's laughter; conversations with friends; a new plant that is growing on your garden or in a pot on your windowsill; all the small joys of life which often go unnoticed – what a shame!
Don't let life pass by, chasing after the bigger and better. Seize the moment, and live it to the fullest, nurturing friendship, love, acceptance, gratitude, patience and joy. It might sound contradictory to our entire lifestyle, but I'm yet to meet one person who was made truly happy by money and having lots of things. Not that there's anything wrong with having nice things – but I think many of us could be better off if we just freed ourselves from excessive attachment to material possessions.
… That is the deeper meaning behind the frugal choices I make every day. It's not saving money for the sake of being a cheapskate – it's a desire to live a less stressful and overwhelming, and more simple and peaceful, life.
On my journey to a peaceful, wisely-spending and frugal life, I enjoy reading the insight of Rhonda Jean, who gives a great example of living in wonderful simplicity. Her blog, 'Down to Earth', provides lots of helpful tips and advice for those of us who want to live simply and be wise stewards of the earth's resources.
For more frugal inspiration, visit Crystal at Biblical Womanhood!