Do you consider yourself to be frugal? I do, so I thrive to use my money wisely. (Although I have to admit that living in a consumerist society, this is not always easy.)
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Ever since I was young, my parents taught me the difference between wants and needs. For example, I was given an allowance and had to learn to work with it. If I wanted to buy something, which usually involved a creative toy, tool or supply, I had to save for it. However, when it came to necessities such as food, health, clothes, or my education, I didn't have to ask. I was never deprived.
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As an adult, I have followed those same principals. Although I enjoy occasional luxuries, I plan ahead of time. I put a little money in my savings every month; I avoid charging more than I can pay at the end of the month; and I shop wisely by waiting for a clearance, using coupons, and avoiding impulse buys. This means I create, recycle, re-purpose, or reuse as much as possible. (e.g. - I keep cars for an average of 12 years.)
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Is it worth it? Most definitely! I do not have the stress of living above my means or being in debt. I was able to have my daughters attend a top University, without accruing excessive loans. My family's home will be paid off within a couple of years. I will be able to retire at a decent age, and pursue my art passion. Most importantly, it allows my wife and I to pledge to our Church and donate to charities that we support.
Being frugal will not make me a rich man. However, my life is rich in the peace of mind it brings me to enjoy the things that matter. Blessings!