For some reason, there is a myth out there that living a frugal life means you are living a boring life. Some even believe that if you are frugal then you are a bad parent, a bad person, and a bad friend.
If you don’t believe that, I recommend you read the comments on the next frugal living-related article on a major website such as Forbes, YahooFinance, or something similar. One thing that will be in common with most of the comments is the negativeness from many of the commenters.
I’ve even overheard conversations myself where people think I’m missing out on life because they assume that all frugal people just sit at home all day and do nothing with their lives.
That is FAR from the truth. I know many who are taking part in frugal living and I think they are some of the best 🙂
Sadly, many aren’t interested in frugal living because they believe the myth above.
There are many reasons to live a frugal life, though. Continue reading below to see the reasons for why many choose to take part in frugal living.
1. You want to be comfortable in your financial situation.
Seeking financial freedom is something that many are aiming for by living frugally. Being frugal may give you a better chance at reaching this since you are most likely honest with yourself about how much money you earn, how much you spend, and how much you need in order to survive.
Knowing that you are in control of your financial situation is a great benefit of living a frugal life!
Not being comfortable may even lead to debt, which I discuss in the next reason…
2. You want to avoid debt.
No one actually wants debt, right? By choosing to live the frugal life, you may be able to avoid debt much more than the average person.
By avoiding debt, you will have less stress due to the fact that you won’t be worried about the next bill you have to pay and the amount of interest that is building up.
You will also be more likely to retire earlier, buy the things that you actually do want to buy, and more.
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3. You want a simpler life.
Bigger isn’t always better. More isn’t always better either.
By living a frugal life, you are most likely making do with what you have, buying and using quality items that will last, and so on.
By having less stuff and less clutter in your life, you will live a more simple life that you can truly enjoy. Material items do not always equal happiness. Sometimes they just add stress, debt, and more. Think about it – the more stuff you have, the more likely that something will break, something will get lost or tossed to the side, and so on.
4. You know that you can still have fun while being frugal.
Anyone who thinks you can’t have fun while being frugal is crazy. You don’t need to spend a ton of money or be rich in order to enjoy life.
Yes, you can still go on vacations, buy your dream home, have a family, spend time with friends and family, and more. Being frugal doesn’t mean that you are giving up fun things in life.
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5. You want to appreciate everything and anything around you.
When we were spending more due to lifestyle inflation, we realized we weren’t really appreciating the things we were spending our money on.
We were buying things, not enjoying them, and just being a little lazy because we weren’t in the right mindset. I didn’t like feeling this way because I felt wasteful and even guilty of the way I was behaving.
Life is great and you don’t need to be rich in order to enjoy it. By living a frugal life, you are more likely to appreciate what you have.
Would you rather enjoy each meal you eat, each item you buy, and more? Life is a great thing and appreciating the little things can be a great feeling.
Are you interested in frugal living? Why or why not? Why do you believe some are so negative about frugality?