Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Frugal Person, Happy Person




Here are my thoughts on frugal living and a frugal person:

Frugality and happiness aren't words that society usually puts together. Frugality often brings up images of great sacrifice.

 We think of the miser who lived in poverty only for others to find millions saved after the miser passes away. What was the use?

Frugal living isn't necessarily what you may possibly consider it to be. Frugal people live very happy lives. They find happiness in meeting goals, reducing their financial burdens and living stress free.

How happy can you be when you are drowning in debt and struggling to make ends meet? You aren't living frugally, but you aren't happy either.

The frugal person often sees each step towards being debt-free or early retirement as a great success. They don't focus on that outfit they didn't buy or that new car they aren't driving. They focus on having spending money left over at the end of the month. They focus on the things that really matter.

Frugality is also a huge challenge. You get to be very creative with your money and the way you live. Many people love moving from one thing to another, looking at the way to cut costs for each category. For example, you've cut your utilities, now what about your groceries or gasoline consumption?

The goal is what keeps the frugal person going. The daily victories and challenges keep them interested. The penny saved keeps them adding it all up. And the debt free life keeps them stress free.

Imagine a life where you have no debts to pay. All you have are your living expenses. Think about having two thousand extra dollars a month. Dollars that aren't already spent before you make them. Think about retiring early to do something you enjoy instead of something you have to do. Think about following your dreams. Think about having money left over each month.

Frugality will get you there. Now wouldn't that make you happy? Let us be wise on how we manage our money, our household expenditures. Hasn't the Lord asked us to do so?

A Bible Verse to Reflect On:

Matthew 25:20-21 ESV 

And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’






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7 comments:

  1. Angie,
    As a frugal person, I appreciate your post. One thought I'd like to add is that living a frugal lifestyle frees up more money to invest in things that last forever. When we live frugally, we have money to give to teenagers going on mission trips, special ministries, and people in need. These are love offerings outside our tithes that we otherwise wouldn't have $$ to give to. And THAT is what truly makes a person happy :) Visiting from Be Not Weary today, and glad I did.

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  2. This was an excellent excellent post on frugality!! This IS the way to go!!

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  3. My mom is a very frugal person and always taught us to not spend unnecessarily. We buy our clothes, most of it anyway, in the ukay-ukay, the Philippine version of vintage shops. We live debt free, thank God! Thank you mom for teaching this to us! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  4. Yes, I agree with Lori. :) It is so sad when someone else's need comes up, and we aren't able to help because of debt or lack of funds. The more frugal we are, the more we can put money into eternity.

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  5. This is a really good perspective. For me, learning about frugality also meant that I needed to learn to be generous with what I had too. I was a bit "stingy". But through an amazingly generous husband, God ha taught me the blessing of being generous. And I'm amazed at how God has still provided above and beyond our needs.
    Alesha <3

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  6. Thank you for sharing the importance of living within your means. This is something that I have struggled with in the past and am having to make up for now! Thank you for sharing and linking up at Simply Helping Him! Blessings!

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  7. An important subject. Frugality touches so many parts of our lives--marriage, giving to others, investing wisely, etc. Not to mention peace of mind. This is a good post and I hope many are able to read and apply it to their lives.

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