do you think u can live effective life frugal way?

@subha12 (18454)
India
October 29, 2008 6:45am CST
Do you think it i sreally possible to live your life very effectively in frugal way? few months back i read a magazine which ha sgiven some tips. they are sure to help but i think not all are possible. at time money is badly needed.what is your take on this?
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
yes, it just takes more work than living not as frugally. i enjoy hunting for treasures at thrift stores and planning my meals and buying what i need. i like to look for new ideas that will save me lots of money because i find all this very challenging and i like a challenge!
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@williamjisir (22909)
• China
30 Oct 08
Hello subha. I don't think that it is really effective to live a life in a frugal way as there is some limitation for things that we would like to have because of being frugal. But I think that most of us will have to be frugal in this severe financial situation nowadays. Life is now much harder than it used to due to the global recession.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I think that many people live a frugal life and yet people do not realize they are living frugally because of the expensive things that appear to be on display at their home or in their car. I think that it is possible to live in this manner but it is hard to accomplish if you are used to getting more things then you what is usual. For instance, spoiling yourself to dinner out every week and then living frugal so as to not go out but maybe once a month. There are small ways and big ways to save, and even ways that people really don't think of. Saving money also means getting things free so trading or shopping at salvation army's are frugal ways to make your buck stretch.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
30 Oct 08
I think it is very possible since i know some people who are indeed living a very frugal life... but i do not know if i can... because i am not really use to that... i try to be as frugal as i can... but i do not want to sacrifice the few comforts that i have in life... they are very minimal... and they don't really hurt my way of living... A frugal way of life is more of a choice rather than imposed on a person...
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
29 Oct 08
I've cut my electricity in nearly half by jusdt turning off all unnecessary lights, changing to low energy lights and cutting down on the use of my dryer. There is a site called the hillbilly housewife and she shows how to cook for four on less that $70 a week. I suppose it is workable but very boring and lots of beans. However, if someone is in a bad situation then this info is good. The meals are nourishing and well balanced. I've also given up eating meat. This has helped the budget too. The tvp chunks can be used in many tasty ways. They just need lots of seasoning. My kids never new the difference between them and mince in a spaghetti sauce. I encourage you to be going and try and make it fun. Sounds crazy but it can work. Very best wishes
• United States
29 Oct 08
I've lived that way most of my life and I don't find it difficult at all. Of course, I'm not interested in most of the things that people usually consider important, so it's been no hardship not to have the gadgets, and do the things that they think they can't live without. Most of frugality is just common sense. Be careful about wasting anything, whether it's food or electricity. People depend a lot on things they wouldn't even need if they knew how to do more things for themselves. I have plenty of things I can do instead of watching television. I've cut my TV watching down so far that when the U.S. goes digital, I'm not even bothering to convert. The few hours of entertainment that I enjoy I can get from Netflix and the internet. I do my own cooking instead of buying fast foods, which is one of the biggest expenses for so many people.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
29 Oct 08
if frugal living is living a life of deprivation by saving a few cents here and there,then its not effective.But frugal living becomes effective if you live your life smartly ,the way you want to live.This can be done by saving smartly and spending smartly...
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@brian_s (570)
• United States
22 Dec 08
I think that people who try to be frugal by cutting everything out are just going to relapse, or hate their situation. I am pretty frugal, and yet there are some things that I need to pay out for to get quality. But some months, I do have to cut out every luxury. I think that's alright if it's not permanent.
@applefreak (3132)
• Singapore
4 Nov 08
how about sharing those tips here? i believe many of us can benefit from it. i've also came across quite a few articles of being frugal. there are wants and there are needs. spending on needs are good but spending on wants can be withheld. for me, i try to follow these tips as closely as possible. of course there will be occasions when i spend more than i should.
@peedielyn (1210)
• United States
2 Nov 08
I have worked long and hard the last two years concocting a frugal life. I found out that name brands aren't all the best, and used is just as good, if not better, than new. If people reduce the use of things, they last longer, and nothing is wasted. It's a patient process. I used to rack my brain and started using common sense on things. I make alot of my own things, and buy used or cheaper things to accomodate my huge family--I have 4 kids. If you search for everything possible, you can make it and then be able to pay bills after wards. I make my own laundry soap, body soap and so on so this helps out. I have gobs of tips on how to make things and save on others that I cannot make. I am not doing too bad other than getting laid off. Good luck on your search!!
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
1 Nov 08
i have always had to live frugally. i have been by myself for a long, lonng time, raised 2 boys , bought my home etc. it's not a new thing to me but i'm afriad some people will never learn to do it. i know everybody needs to cut back. s many people live way beyond their means & it's going to catch up w/them one of these days.
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
31 Oct 08
it may be difficult.. but i guess one should 'train' oneself not be too dependent on money, and try not to spend on unnecessary stuff... only spending on things that we really, really need to... with five kidz, my husband and i really cant spend money like we used to when we only had one child.. we make more money now compared to 10 years ago.. but our expenses has also doubled/tripled over the years.. i am just lucky that i dont have children who are too demanding and ask for unnecessary / unimportant things..
• United States
30 Oct 08
I need to find and join a frugal support group! Money really is going to be tight with me and my family until after the holidays and I really need to brainstorm on how to save more money during the holidays or save money getting by during November -December so I can afford to have a good Christmas for my family. I'm normally frugal to a point . Money is more tight this year for me and my family then last year because I have another person who isn't working living with us ( my brother) He has serious health issues and is trying to get on disability so I can't expect him to contribute financially as much.
@peavey (16118)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Many rich people are frugal. If that doesn't mean it's effective, then I don't know what is. Poor people tend to squander more money than those who have it. There are many, many ways to be frugal, so you can pick and choose what will work for you and what won't. To find out, try something for two weeks, then decide whether it's worth the trouble or not. Each of us can only answer for ourselves, but I've been frugal most of my life and consider it not only healthy, but fun. It's a challenge that I can meet day after day. It's good for me.
@zhaosonghan (1039)
• China
30 Oct 08
I think it is very possible,lots of people live like this,it is more than you think.Not all of people are rich,most of people are poor,less peoples have the most of riches,i think you must know,the poor live hard,they can't buy what they want,but they must live,they just live effective life frugal way.I don't waste my money,i just buy what i need,so it seems like that i also live in frugal way.
@paid2write (5202)
30 Oct 08
I have been living frugally for the past few years and I feel it is a very positive way to live. My lifestyle is better for the environment because I am not wasteful. I never have to throw out food or use fuel that pollutes the air. I am very healthy because of my simple diet and I get plenty of exercise by walking everywhere because I don't drive. I have just enough clothes to wear and I always have books to read. I really don't need a TV, an iPod or a cell phone, and I earn more from the internet than I pay for my connection.