Is Being Frugal Entertainment?
"Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who lived in a very modest home filled with beautiful things. Many of the things in her home were given to her, found in random dumpsters, or were purchased for only $1. They were modest things, but she had a knack for making her home look good. She knew how to make everything in the world so she hardly ever visited a store. Her house was filled with things that people only believed that they could buy. Her life was grand, but budget-friendly. Her husband, a true prince, went along with all of her frugal whims & wishes, while her children cheered when the princess was able to pocket money towards their education because she was so very frugal. Yes, the princess lived a life far away from the Wicked Credit Card and she embraced tangible things that she could hold like dollars, quarters, and children. Her life was full and fruitful and her family lived a happy life forever and ever. Amen."
I don't know about you, but I felt like I was reading a story like this when I first began checking out books on saving money and frugality. In fact, the majority of my entertainment still comes from doing this kind of reading and I continue to find it fascinating that people are able to "make do" in a society that encourages us to move onwards and upwards when it comes to houses and cars and all-things-technology-related.
My love for frugality came out of a necessity. We didn't have even two pennies to rub together and my husband's job was not covering our daily expenses. I knew that something would have to be done to improve our situation and I was willing to do anything. I began to check out books, read blogs, visit websites, and joined discussion groups on learning how to save money. It didn't seem possible how little people were able to live on. But no, it was far from a fairy tale... people really could live on less.
I became a human sponge and I took in all of their ideas and implemented them in our house. Long gone were the days of buying cleaners, eating convenience foods, grocery shopping without an agenda, and regularly going out to dinner. We replaced these things with homemade cleaners, homemade foods, menu planners and time at home together. We started with simple changes and simple changes turned into bigger changes.
Call it an obsession, call it a hobby, call it crazy... it is my life. Sometimes I feel like a pretty princess in a Goodwill frock. Other days, I feel like a pauper eating my rice and beans. But folks, I call it great entertainment. It certainly has made my life more interesting and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Is learning to be frugal entertainment for you? How did you begin learning about it?