The most important step to frugal living.

United States
February 14, 2007 3:41pm CST
I think that the best advice to embrace frugal living is to be thankful. If you are happy with what you have you will not feel like you need more. My Grandma grew up in a house half the size of mine and she loved every minute of it. I am always looking for a bigger place where I can fit better. It finaly hit me. It is okay to be happy with what I have. I dont need to be better than my neighbors. Does anyone else feel this way?
5 responses
• Philippines
18 Feb 07
Frugal living is a lifestyle, I grew up that way, I saw how my mom managed our house and us kids, I thought it was normal that she would ration everything. But she did it without making us kids feel that we're missing out on anything. We were happy and we lived within our means. But if you're just starting to embrace frugal living, I agree that you have to be thankful, you can cut down on everything and still feel bad, but when you think about the end result and how it is helping you then you will be successful.
• United States
24 Feb 07
I dont know when it happened, but somewhere down the line humanity decided that living within our means was depriving us of what we should have. Through experience I know that living frugal leads to a lot more happiness than debt. I hope the life I am giving my kids helps them to understand you dont need everything.
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
Yes, you are right. If you want to be happy, be contented with what you've got. It doesn't mean we just sit on our laurels and lay supinely on our backs. Rather what I mean here is, we may continue to strive to achieve higher levels in life, but always, the happiness about what we are this time will always be there in our hearts. Let us not stray our eyes on our neighbors accomplishments and status in life, for each of us has our own measure.
• United States
14 Feb 07
I will strive to make my life better and that will probibly mean buying new things but I will try hard to not do things for the wrong reasons. I think we watch TV and think we need what we see. I am going to try to buy things I need and skip on things I want a little more. I will concentrait on personal worth and time with my loved ones.
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
14 Feb 07
You make an excellent point, happythoughts. It seems like most of us waste most of our lives rushing around to earn more money to buy more things -- and for what. How many of us really need more things? Maybe we should be rushing around to see how many more people in need we can help, and how many new friends we can make instead.
• United States
14 Feb 07
Thank you. Life is going by so fast and I agree we should be doing more good deeds. If we spent more time helping others we would realise how great we really have it.
@gharinder (2044)
• India
26 Feb 07
living your dream life is really important, the human nature is such, we always have a desire to acquire more, we actually are not satisfied with all the little stuff that we have, i too have undergone these problems in my life, but the only thing i learnt is- dreaming high is not bad, but be cautious that your dreams are not affecting your personal relationships.
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I agree with this idea. I'm also trying to declutter my home and my life, and be happy with what I have and love, rather than being overwhelmed by all this "stuff" that I don't need. Things don't have to be perfect, they just have to work for us.