You wanna know what I hate most about frugality? It’s the idea that tightwaddery is looked at as a boring, hard, miserable thing that’s only for really poor people or greedy people who just want to selfishly hoard their money.
People have hobbies. Some play instruments (I’m totally not musical), some do artistic type things (the only art I do is stick figures), some play sports (I was usually one of the last ones picked). My hobby is frugality! I love reading books about how to spend less money (I’m re-reading the Complete Tightwad Gazette right now). I read blogs about saving money, hoping to find something I’d never heard before, and when I do…I get very excited! I enjoy trying new frugal things (although not all of them pan out as I plan). Trying to lower our food bill and electric bill is like playing a game to me, and I want to win!
You may think I’m weird, except for the few of you that also consider frugality a hobby. For the rest of you I want to encourage you that frugality can be fun! If you’re new to it, I encourage you to take small steps. If you go from eating out daily, disposable everything, and never budgeting to vowing to never go through the drive though again, cloth everything, and recording every penny, you may get
overwhelmed, quit and…have a bad taste in your mouth towards the frugal life.
If you can, make those first baby steps ones that you really enjoy. Do you enjoy gardening, canning, making crafts from things around the house, sewing, cooking, couponing or redoing old furniture? You’ll be much more likely to stick with things you enjoy. A perfect example is my crocheting. I really love crocheting, so I often make baby blankets as gifts. I can make a baby blanket for about $6, but that isn’t that much of a savings compared to a blanket bought at Wal-mart. It takes me many hours of work to make that blanket, with very little savings, so why do I do it? Because I LOVE it! If I hated it, I wouldn’t spend that much time on something with so little savings.
I also enjoy cooking (most days). I really like menu planning and writing out my grocery list, it’s fun to me and it saves us a lot of money. I love getting freebies in my mail box and finding a good deal at Goodwill. Those are just a couple of examples.
Now that’s not to say we never need to do some of the frugal things that aren’t so fun. For example, I don’t like sewing up holey clothes, but it doesn’t take much time to hand stitch a loose seam, and it’s a lot cheaper than buying a new article of clothing. But a lot of the things I do to save money I really enjoy.
What frugal activities do you find fun?