Have you ever noticed how many of the same people who are trying to promote a simple lifestyle make frugality into a negative concept… or how they routinely equate frugality with being cheap or miserly? Somehow frugality has become almost synonymous with deprivation and denial, and understandably, this kind of negative frugality turns most people off. It turns me off too…

The good news is that true frugality isn’t like that. When frugality is based on your own values and what YOU want out of life, it can only be a positive influence. It’s also important to remember that true frugality isn’t just about spending less money… how you choose to spend your time and how you choose to conserve other resources should all be a part of the total equation.

True frugality isn’t complicated… once again, the key is simply finding the balance that is right for you and the way you want to live… only this time the balance is about spending, not spending, and saving. True frugality feels amazingly empowering. When you regularly make conscious and deliberate decisions not to waste your hard-earned dollars on things that have little or no value to you, in favor of focusing your resources on what IS important to you, you are taking control of your life. Sensible frugality is the tool that will help you achieve financial freedom… and financial freedom will make your dreams and lifestyle choices possible. It really IS as simple as that.

You don’t need to drastically change your life to start living more frugally. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or own your own house… if you live in the city or deep in the “boonies,” like we do… if you live alone or have a house full of family… it is almost a certainty that there are areas where you can eliminate waste, make more thoughtful decisions and more deliberate choices. Start small… be consistent… and work toward finding the frugal balance that is the right fit for you.

Your life will only get better.