I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about frugality and what it means to be frugal. I’m far from being an expert in frugality, but being (almost) frugal is a big part of my life.
My frugality comes, in a very large part, from necessity. We don’t have a lot of money, and if I don’t force myself to pay close attention, our budget seems to trickle through my fingers without my noticing. But I am also frugal from conviction. I think that frugality is important, and I also believe that it is important to try and conserve resources, from an environmental standpoint.
Many of the frugal things I do, fit into both categories, economic and environmental, whether I intend for that to be the case or not. And usually, that’s a bonus. There is one frugal thing however, that if I had any real choice in the matter I would stop doing in a heartbeat.
Hanging the laundry. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If I could fit a dryer into my house, I would buy in a heartbeat, extra cost and environmental impact be damned. I know dryers cost more money than hanging laundry on a rack, and I know that dryers use lots of electricity, which is, all in all, a limited resources. So in a way I’m glad that I can’t find a place for one in my house.
But still! I hate hanging laundry, and if I could give it up, I’d gladly call myself ‘Nearly Almost Frugal’.
How about you? What frugal habit would you give up if you had a choice? If money was no issue, and you could choose to be frugal out of conviction, not necessity, what would you stop doing?