Six Reasons Why Being Frugal is Awesome

Being frugal rocks so hard that it will give your finances whiplash. Join us and our fellow frugal warriors and change your financial life!Being frugal rocks so hard that it will give your finances whiplash. I’m not talking about the car accident kind. I’m talking about the good kind of whiplash. You know, the kind you get after a Slayer concert.

If you are thinking about taking the frugality leap, here are six reasons why being frugal will rock your world.

1) Having Money for Emergencies

Let’s face it, things happen. You may have unexpected car repairs or need a new water heater. Maybe you’ll head to the emergency room and instantly hit your deductible for the year. Whatever the case may be, living frugally means that you have money saved for it. Instead of putting the new expense on credit, you get peace of mind by knowing you can write a check for it. Knowing you can take care of any problem that may arise is a great feeling.

2) Being Able to Retire

Hopefully, if you live frugally over an extended period of time, you can retire someday. While your friends work well into their 70’s, you can be at home working on your hobbies…or traveling…or sitting on your ass. Who cares? If you learn to save your money, you will be able to retire before many of your peers. Then, you can decide how you want to live your life.

3) Weed Out Your Fake Friends

Sure, you can probably find anyone to go to a football game with you or to try out a new nightclub. You can probably talk a casual acquaintance into being your shopping buddy. But, who would want to eat a homemade dinner at your house and play cards? The answer: your real friends. If you live a frugal lifestyle, you may find that you lose a few friends. I did…and that was OK with me. Once you take materialism out of the equation, you might find that you have a lot less to talk about with certain people.

Being frugal rocks so hard that it will give your finances whiplash. Join us and our fellow frugal warriors and change your financial life!4) Buy Less, Waste Less

Seriously peeps. We make and consume waaaaaaaay too much crap. Walk into any store and you’ll see aisle after aisle of it – toys, gadgets, back scratchers, picture frames, trampolines…you name it. When you buy all of that crap, you are just encouraging other humans to make more crap. Bring frugal means you only buy what you really need and want. It may mean buying used items or just buying less. Either way, you are adding fewer items to the junk heap.

5) Being Frugal Means Fewer Marital Problems

Everyone knows that money problems contribute to an incredible amount of marital problems and divorces. The thing is, when you are smart with your money as a team, you will find a lot less to argue about. If you learn to live within your means, chances are your money disagreements will become few and far between. When bills are paid on time and money is in the bank, stress and hostility decrease. When you get on the same financial page as your spouse, you may even find that it doesn’t bother you as much when they leave their pajamas on the floor every day for EIGHT YEARS STRAIGHT. I sure did.  (Sorry Honey! Kisses!)

6) Better Sleep

I have to say that I sleep GREAT these days.  Part of it is my new Serta iComfort mattress, but I digress.  I just don’t have a lot to worry about…and I definitely don’t worry about money!  I sleep great because I know exactly which bills are due and when. Furthermore, I have the money to pay for them…and I have an emergency fund for anything else that comes up! Now THAT, my friends, is relaxation.

Personally, I think that being frugal is a big batch of awesome sauce.  My friends may see me as a fun-hating cheapskate, but they just don’t realize the benefits of being frugal! While everyone else is running on the hamster wheel of life, frugal warriors everywhere are taking control of theirs. Cheap brothers and sisters across the land are paying off debt and consuming less crap!  Instead of worrying over their finances, they are taking action to change them. Are you?

Join us today and learn to “Stop spending. Start living.”™

Comments

    • says

      Yeah, it is totally awesome. Having money saved certainly doesn’t solve all of life’s problems. However, it does seem to solve most of them!!!!

  1. Kaylan says

    I loved this!!

    I agree whole-heartedly regarding friends and significant others. This makes me feel much better about being a cheapskate – er I mean, financially responsible and frugal. :)

  2. says

    I have to agree with your comments after years of slogging it out to get ahead I have changed my attitude. You can’t work enough hours to achieve more money for lifestyle but you can improve your lifestyle immediately by regrouping and finding everyday things enjoyable. I now take time to watch tv programes and give them my full attention it’s amazing what you miss when you are constantly focused on more more more and not giving over to the moment.

    Cheers Cheerfull

  3. says

    Hi Holly,

    Oh I envy you, I’m at the first part of the road you’ve taken, which means I sleep rather well but I’m miles away from the relaxation you guys have 😉

    All the best in new year! :)

  4. says

    These are great ideas to learning to do with less. I think the word Frugal is sometimes viewed in a negative way. That’s too bad as you do it justice here!

  5. lana says

    I like being thrifty because it coincides with my faith. I feel more secure by being a good steward. It is empowering to have paid off our home, have four cars paid off and one child almost through college debt free and the other one on track to do so as well.

    I have to say though, most of my friends have no idea I’m frugal. I try to hide it to fit into our community. Many of my friends think it is shameful to shop at resale stores, I love the hunt.

  6. says

    I especially love the point about being able to sleep at night. Having an emergency fund makes life way more peaceful, knowing that if something bad happens, I’m prepared. I don’t know how my generation can live paycheck to paycheck.

    I found your site off of Mr. money Mustache and love it.

  7. Elnora Agustin says

    Hi Holly! Frugality is way out in my vocabulary in my 38 years of existence. I am 40 years old, as they say; “Life begins at forty”. But how can i enjoy life if i don’t even have a cent to enjoy it. To be true, i only met ‘frugality’ 2 years ago, when a co-worker introduced it to me. I am an extravagant person, a ” come what may”… Spend here, spend there, buy this and buy that….sooo much i’ve waisted in my whole life, never think of tomorrow. What a shame to my self. I started to be frugal 2 years ago,very easy to say but never easy to do, it is very hard in my part. So much changes, so many things to give up. I did try to do my best so i can pay off my credits. Your website and other websites about frugality and thrifty living is my strenght to face the changes of my life. And it helped me a lot. I am so proud to myself that in my 2 years of being frugal, i can say that i know now how to control my expenses. I thank you for all the insights and learnings that you instilled in my mind to help me reached my financial freedom. Thank you!!!!

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  9. says

    I have to totally agree with your post. I liked your article your article because it is clear and straight to point and provides some great examples of why living frugal is a good idea.
    It is easy to forget why living a frugal life can bring so many benefits including reducing a person’s impact on the environment. It is so easy to be fooled by advertising and cave in to making purchases we don’t need, which also leaves and creates excess waste. When buying second hand goods, sometimes it is like searching for treasure. You just never know what cute little item you’ll come across or bargains you’ll find.
    Being frugal with your money for emergencies is a sensible strategy for anyone rich or poor. It definitely does bring peace of mind having even a small amount set aside for an emergency. One good method for making sure you can have money set aside is to pay yourself first. Every pay, set aside a set amount into savings before bills are paid. This amount could be $10, $50 or more. Every little bit adds up over time and can be applied to savings goals or emergency savings accounts.

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