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It's Not "Doing Without"

June 27th, 2006 at 09:47 am

I've been pondering a few posts & comments over the last month or so and been doing some thinking about Doing Without.

Many seem to think being frugal just means to skip things, cut spending to the bone and not really having a life.

I, on the other hand........think that being frugal and vigilantly watching my spending allows me to have the life I choose; both in the present and in the future.

Spending my money where I get the most bang for my buck is my theory, and this is probably not going to be the same as anyone else........anywhere. I have made decisions in my life early on, to do things that make me happy.......and happy is such a lame word here. Contentment is closer for me.

Making the decisions has become old hat, easy even. I can know in an instant (usually) if something is a need or a want and if something is going to provide me with an increased contentment factor or just be something I need to off load later. Just because I know myself and can do this......doesn't mean I'm ready to drop my 24 hour rule however. I still take at least an overnight to let a purchase or expenditure sit and settle in even if I 'knew' the answer.

The whole process makes my life smoother and truly simple. Saving money means having money and having money means I'm able to direct it where I want. (even tho, lately I've had less than I'm used to)

So, "Doing Without"......I don't think so.

I just don't think of my decisions as to what I'm missing out on, but what I'm gaining. My life, just like I "want" it.

4 Responses to “It's Not "Doing Without"”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    so, so true. I have been asked if I 'miss' having the money that I used to make...and the answer is NO. I am enjoying having more time and having a much simpler, fuller life that the two do not even come close in my book.

    We cut back, but things that used to be expectations are now more enjoyable occasional treats...sandwiched by a more quality life.

  2. ima saver Says:

    You sound like you have it all!!

  3. lrjohnson Says:

    Excellent, excellent point. I love determining where I'm getting good value for my spending, and cutting back in areas I'm not getting value, not areas where I'm getting my bang for my buck. I love washing ziplocs so I can travel to Europe. I think frugality is about security and freedom, and not in the least about deprivation. Yes, yes, yes!

  4. boomeyers Says:

    It's not about "doing without", its about choosing to do with!

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