Frugal Living Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle
There are as many different definitions of frugality as there are ways to practice frugal living. Though frugality is extremely personal in practice, I think it’s helpful to frame it in a healthy way by cultivating a mindset of abundance rather than one of lack.
Many people view frugality as shunning the finer things of life while miserly pinching pennies until they scream. The Oxford dictionary suggests as much. But I prefer the Merriam – Webster’s dictionary definition: “careful management of material resources and especially money.”
In addition to material resources, I believe that frugality also includes the time and energy available to us. After all, the somewhat-cliche adage, “time is money” has a good deal of merit. In my experience, time and money are inversely related.
Frugality in managing these resources of time, money, and energy comes down to dedicated, prioritized, and creative intentionality. This thoughtful intention of prioritizing what matters most to you allows you to spend your resources truly investing in those things. And when you invest in the areas of your life that are genuinely important to you, it’s much easier to adopt an abundance mindset and to feel rich – in all the ways that matter.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, frugality allows you to live within your means, avoid overwhelm, and intentionally enjoy the things you really want in life. Rather than feeling deprived and skimping on every area of your lifestyle, you are able to make the best of what you have while cultivating a mindset of contentment and abundance.