Frugality: What is it and why should I care?

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 18:36

According to the first hit (now) on Google search frugality means "the quality of being frugal, sparing, thrifty, prudent or economical in the consumption of consumable resources such as food, time or money, and avoiding waste, lavishness or extravagance".

For me frugality stands for freedom and independence. A more down to earth way of explaining frugality is "to create or fix it yourself, don't waste anything and do not buy any stupid crap you don't really want or need". Of course, there is much more to it than just this, but it gives you a basic idea of what it means and most frugal people apply only those aspects of frugality to their daily routine that most suites them.

The quest for freedom: How it al started

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 22:46

I always had a pretty normal and standard life. As a teenager I rode mopeds, I had friends and I went to school to create a more secure future for myself. After school I went to college, I moved out and did some crazy interesting things. During high school I worked at a supermarket re-stocking the shelfs. I didn't earn much, but it was enough to pay for clothing and drinks on the weekends. It also relieved some of my mother's monetary stress, since we didn't had a lot of money. Our furniture mainly consisted of old discarded give-aways. Earning my own money meant that I could take more care of my own bills. When the crazy college life was over I had to start working full-time. Not that I really wanted to, it just felt like the most logical next step and completely compliant to societies unwritten rules.