Sep 01

What Is Frugal Living?

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I find it awkward when someone shows me their new ‘whatever it is’ when I am still happy with my old ‘whatever it is’. I always end up with just saying something like “That’s really something,” or “It looks like you really enjoy your new [insert new product name here].” I am mostly just being polite though (except with the really cool stuff that I really would like to have).

Take for example when someone shows me their new pair of Dolce & Gabanna sunglasses (as if they’re hard to miss). I don’t care about D&G, and I don’t care more than I have to about sunglasses. D&G sunglasses seem very decadent to me, especially when I know that people who live in Haiti make an average of around $2.00 per day. The fact is that there are numerous less expensive options out there that look just as great and that protect your eyes from whatever UV danger is out there. You do not need to buy D&G to get style and protection from the sun.

I do not go home and moan and groan after seeing someone with D&G glasses. I don’t say things like “Ohhh, life’s not fair,” or “How come I don’t have fancy sunglasses like that guy I saw earlier?” I don’t ever see frugal living as anything that I have to do, it is something that I have chosen to do because I think it is the right thing to do and because I have shorter term goals (taking care of my daughter who will be born any day now) and longer term goals (retiring at age fifty) in mind.

Within ten years, I want to open up my own community theatre where I can show great old movies, showcase local theatre and improv, and have amateur comedy nights and lots of other fun stuff. I don’t want to care if this place makes any money or not. I just want to do it to enjoy myself and connect more closely with the community around me. I also want to have fun while I am frugally working my way towards that goal. This is far more important to me than wearing $400.00 sunglasses.

Something to think about at froogalism.com.

What do you think? Am I crazy for not wanting D&G sunglasses? Do you support the idea behind my frugal ‘madness’? I want to hear from you.

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Author: Jason Milburn Google

Frugal dad – focusing my money and energy towards happiness and the things that matter most since around 1985.

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