Recently came across a blog post by Budget Blogess that I loved and wanted to share. In her post she describes all the ways converting to Frugalism has changed her life and lists certain habits which have changed.
I wanted to do the same. Here’s my list.
You Know You’ve Converted to Frugalism When…
- You’ve read books on financial management such as “Your Money of Your Life” and “The Intelligent Investor“. You are a frequent visitor of imgur’s financial independence forum. You follow money bloggers such as Mr. Money Mustach, Frugalwoods and Go Curry Cracker. You think they are Gods.
- You start to prefer the taste of your own cooking to take-out and restaurant food. The crap some restaurants try to pass off as a meal, using frozen meat and veggies. Gross!
- You spend Sunday’s cooking in bulk so you can eat leftovers during the week. You even enjoy the process! Making shopping lists, planning out meals…
- You start baking your own bread. So easy! Here’s a recipe: No Knead Bread Recipe
- You make it a priority to bring lunch to work. $10 salad’s? Are you kidding me!
- Shopping just doesn’t have the appeal it had before. Your mentality goes from “I need this!”, to “Do I really need this?”.
- You start to become more and more aware of waste and environmental impact. The idea of constantly upgrading devices and getting rid of old devices makes you cringe.
- Your preferred websites to shop become eBay and Craigslist. It’s amazing the stuff I find on eBay. Ton’s of designer wear. Clothing people have hardly worn. Same with Craigslist. I bought a used $250 HDTV in excellent condition from a guy for $80 (haggled down from $100). Meanwhile, he had a brand spanking new TV (bigger of course) sitting in his living room.
- You preferred mode of transportation becomes bike and public transportation. Owning a car becomes a total unnecessary luxury in one’s life. And a total drag on one’s wallet.
- You start to view spending money on sugary drinks at places like Starbuck’s a TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY. Seriously…$5 for a coffee? No thanks. I’ll brew my own.
- Your life motto starts to become – SIMPLIFY! SIMPLIFY! SIMPLIFY!
- You are credit card debt free and/or never carry a balance forward which is charged interest.
- You start to think about pursuing work you enjoy as opposed to work which will pay more and/or pay the bills.
- Work starts to feel like less of a drag because the option to quit is always available.
- Shitty bosses/jobs also start to feel like less of a drag because the option to say “screw you” and bounce is always available.
- You sleep better at night and feel less anxious about life in general.