Welcome to froogalism!
Yes, this post is a long one, but it is our first. Please read it (and post a comment if you’d like) and come back soon to enjoy much shorter posts.
This site is devoted to the art of making the most of what you have. Maybe it’s a bit pretentious for me to call this an art form, but it is something that each and every one of us can get better at all the time. People who have been doing it for years can elevate this skill to an ‘art’.
Of course, the word froogalism is derived from the adjective, frugal. The word frugal is often confused with being cheap of stingy. Someone who is cheap or stingy will buy the cheapest item just because it is cheap. The frugal shopper knows that buying the cheapest item is not always the best option. The frugal shopper looks for the best value and this may or not be the most or least expensive item (or anything else in between). They cut costs by buying the best value for their money.
Froogalism also entails things like reusing items and doing things yourself. Froogalists are resourceful. They are resourceful because living the Three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) just makes so much sense from monetary, environmental, and intellectual (hmmm … how else can I use this old cracked button?) standpoints.
Froogalism is a new word, but its principles have been around for millennia. My guess is that we needed an antonym once hyper-consumerism came about (arguably, over about the past fifty years or so). For the one to two hundred thousand years that humans have been on Earth, however, we honed our froogalism skills to an enormous degree. Things were scarce, so we had to think long and hard about how to get more from less. Our very existence relied on it. Even a hundred years ago or so, most people only owned one pair of pants and maybe two shirts. At that time, children would be absolutely delighted about receiving an orange or maybe even a penny whistle for Christmas.
Hold your horses! No, I am not advocating giving our children a single orange for Christmas (it could very well get thrown at you) or wearing the same pair of pants every day. What I am saying is that we have an innate and honed ability to make the most of what we have. It is really a matter of perspective – the perspective of froogalism!
I welcome each and every one of you to this forum (young, old, expert, novice, and all the rest of us that fall somewhere-in-between) in the hope that we can all learn and share ideas. Let’s have some fun!