‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also the season to be frugal.
Frugality is sometimes confused with being stingy, but I personally liken one who is frugal to someone who is being prudent. “Who am I trying to kid?” you may well ask.
Am I trying to deceive myself in thinking that I’m not Ebenezer Scrooge in disguise every-time Christmas is upon me?
Or am I genuine in my feelings that spending huge amounts of money, that I may or may not have, does very little towards my own personal growth and self-improvement?
I’ll leave you to answer the previous questions after you have read this post.
We must see money for what it is, and that its made of very little substance and should be given no importance other than providing us with our daily bread and simple lodgings to live in.
Money in no way should come before oneself and relationships – which means being wise enough to develop the immunity to greed and deception, which are the very evils that money can encourage within us.
One, who chooses to fall in love with money and who gets pleasure from spending it frivolously because of vanity or impulse, are risking their very lives being held captive on the slave ships of debt.
One needn’t cross the Middle Passage suffering and struggling to repay their mistakes of overspending what they didn’t have, but instead, one can live like a king with liberty and plenty of cash to spare due to living a frugal life.
Why not read my advice on avoiding debt if you still don’t believe me.
Capitalism and consumerism go hand in hand, but one must remember both ideologies were created by modern man and has no place amongst nature and wisdom, both of which were here before man and what we should instead embrace.
We must learn to turn away from superficial means of expressing ourselves and, instead, should look inwardly to discover the riches which will satisfy us more than any materialistic possession you wish to spend money on.
“Deprive yourself on nothing necessary for your comfort, but live in an honorable simplicity and frugality.”
~ John McDonough
Follow these wise steps towards being frugal:
- Avoid buying brand names and labels, especially in regard clothing. There are cheaper alternatives and are made of decent quality, which will still keep us decent and warm just the same.
- Buy cheaply and look for bargains to be had
- Buy second hand – no shame spending your money in a charity shop, which will not only provide you with cheap stuff but will also provide for those who are less well off than yourselves
- Why not tap into your creative self and make something out of nothing, which can also be given as a present
- Are you harboring too much stuff? Not much room in your house? Why not give away stuff as a present this Xmas whilst at the same time downsizing the amount of possessions that you don’t use
- Give either cash or vouchers as presents. This will allow you to budget and give everyone an equal amount, not to mention allowing ungrateful recipients to buy exactly what they want