Our most recent posting has received several comments and good recipes on how to get a good feed for yourself and your family for under $10. It is interesting to read a comment from Ange of France stating “When I was a poor student, I'd buy only local seasonal fruits and vegetables that were on sale due to over supply and the cheapest cuts of meat. Not eating out, not buying pre-prepared or ready-to-eat foods also helped tremendously”. We could not agree with Ange more. But what was interesting in the comment was the adjective “poor”. We rather prefer to change it to smart, if we may.
Frugality isn’t about deprivation, or about buying the cheapest things or spending the least amount of money. It goes beyond money and spending. It is about not leading a life of excess, about appreciating what you have, about making do and about letting go. It is definitely not about living in poverty but it is about living with balance. Since I’ve started actively trying to live a more frugal lifestyle, I have gained riches that have changed my life for the better especially in my personal growth.It has illuminated the pattern of changes that we are making in our everyday lives-adjustments in day-to-day living that are an active, positive response to the complex dilemmas and economical woes of our time.