Frugality requires a deep look into what motivates spending and how you can better budget for the future. Today, I wanted to highlight five of the most popular articles on Frugaling.org that will help you reduce your spending and give you inspiration for change. These reads go beyond simple “how to make a budget” articles. My goal with this site and these specific articles was to touch a deeper nerve – getting at the crux for why we spend too much. It’s time for a better, frugal future.
1. Time, Frugality, And Learning To Say No
Maybe you’re struggling to find time in your life – busy with the almost endless to-do lists, homework, chores, etc. Sometimes we take on too much, signup for more activities than we can handle, and work creeps into our personal lives. This is a recipe for disaster. It’s time to take back the reins and learn to say one simple word we learned as children, “No!”
2. 10 Takeaways From A Spending Cleanse
After countless weeks of trying to curtail my spending, I wondered what a week off would look like. Could I make it an entire week without spending a dime? Turned out I could! The following article is a collection of the ten powerful takeaways from a week away from money.
3. Friends Make Friendly Budgets
Sometimes you realize that your psychological well-being and health is affecting your spending. In fact, if you feel isolated, removed, and depressed, you expect to spend far more of your disposable income. Learn how your mental health equals more or less to your bottom line.
4. Need For Spend: The Secret To Stop Shopping
There’s a public secret – is that possible? – that exists to reduce your need to spend. Almost every town, big and small, features this public option that will fill your need to shop around without spending a dime. In this article, I explain how you can use your local library to get the latest digital books, magazines, movies, and more!
5. Save Money With Mindfulness
Lastly, here’s an article about learning to develop a peace with your desires. The latest and greatest new technology may beckon for your checkbook. Just think, the new, iPhone 5S just arrived! Wouldn’t life be grand if you owned one? With mindfulness meditation and close scrutiny of your wants, you can find a peace to begin your frugal journey. Just breathe.