This is What Frugal Looks Like is a series that highlights different ways that people can be frugal in their lives- after all, frugality doesn’t have to be drastic or just about clipping coupons. Frugality can be fun and easy. Each respondent answers the same four questions.
Today’s interview is with FruGal of Spending Zero Dollars.
1. What does frugality mean to you?
I have finally realized that frugality is NOT being cheap! To me, frugality is awareness. Being aware of what I can truly afford, not spending more than I earn each month, having the patience to save up for items I really want- that’s what frugality is all about.
2. What is something that you do that is ‘typically’ frugal?
I use coupons when I can and I shop around to get the best price for things. I used to just go to my local grocery for everything, but now I make trips to multiple stores (Target, Trader Joe’s) to save money. For example, I get my cereal, snacks, cleaning products and toiletries at Target because these items are at least fifty cents cheaper apiece at Target than at my grocery store. Shopping around takes more time and effort, but it’s totally worth it!
3. What is something frugal that you do that is unusual?
This is a tough one. I think a lot of frugal tips are so obvious that it’s hard to figure out unusual ways to save money. I guess one unusual way I save is by searching for deals through my employer. I visit my HR website often for free or discounted tickets to concerts, museums, sporting events, movies, etc. My HR department has a lot of special deals for its employees, so I qualify for discounts that most people can’t get.
4. What are some of your long term goals that being frugal will help you to accomplish?
I actually started my website because of the financial goal I have set for myself. My mission is to get out of about $5,000 worth of debt and build my savings account up to $10,000 within a year. So far, I have only focused on tackling my debt, so the next phase is to focus on saving. My goal deadline is next June and my website tracks my progress, so we’ll see if I succeed!