What in the world is Frugalitude?
So what is frugalitude? Basically, it is being frugal, but with an attitude to live more consciously. To be more aware of how we spend our time, money and energy. To understand and know what truly makes us happy. To know what we need rather than what we want.
I have found that frugalitude is also a journey. I started out wanting to save some money and be a little more environmentally friendly. Over time I have discovered that it has become part of my lifestyle, a big part of who I am. I enjoy finding ways to save and to consciously consume less, but still live well. I love exploring new ways to save time or money and testing out what is worthwhile and what is not. And from these feelings and activities came the idea for Frugalitude.com.
Frugalitude is not about cutting back on everything and becoming tightfisted or ungenerous with your time or money. Frugality and thriftiness do not have to be negative traits. In fact, the word “thrift” originally came from the Old Norse word for “thrive” and “frugal” came from the Latin word for “fruit” and is related to the Latin word for “enjoy”.
So look at thrift and frugality as your allies, the means to greater ends. Saving money can help you follow your dreams, pay off your debts or live more securely. Time that you save on chores can be used on activities you enjoy and love to do. Reusing, recycling, repurposing or repairing can save your money and save the planet.
Frugalitude is also about the joy of getting a good deal for something that you really need or want. It’s that jolt of happiness when you go to buy the dress you were saving for and discover it’s on sale. It’s the pleasure you feel when you reuse something or get the maximum benefit from it – it could be a small as refilling your water bottle instead of buying one, or as big as luxuriating in your new house. It’s the satisfaction you get when you save money on a meal, and then share some of that saving as a bigger tip for great service.
Anyone can have frugalitude. In fact, you could already be practicing it and not even realizing it!
- Do you feel proud when you have saved and reached your goal? Then you have frugalitude.
- Get a buzz of satisfaction when you hand over that coupon in a store? Then you have frugalitude.
- When you make extra time in the day and choose to use it doing something you love, then you have frugalitude.
- Do you celebrate when you reuse something or, even better, repurpose it? Then you have frugalitude.
- Are you proud of your thriftiness? Then you definitely have frugalitude!
I hope that you will find this site useful and you’ll stop around a while to check it out and share your thoughts on frugalitude or any of the topics covered.
If you want to know more about Frugalitude, then check out the Frugalitude Manifesto.