I am blessed to have a wonderful friend and mentor here in Ohio. Kim started as a resource when it came to homeschooling my then-kindergartner, and as time has passed, our relationship has flourished. I love picking her brain for cost-saving, make-your-own personal hygiene and cleaning products. She mentioned in a recent post that her family hasn’t “made fun of my interest in frugal living & doing things ‘the old ways’ for quite a while.”
I’ve spent some time pondering that. I’ve never been more than a curiosity to my non-frugal friends. Maybe they were kind enough to wait until my back was turned before twirling their fingers around their ears.
Now that frugality is en vogue, it’s far more common for people to listen with interest. Everybody wants to tighten up their wallet a little, and we’re all looking for comfortable ways to do it. Like cheap cuts of meat in the crock pot, or container gardening on your patio (Topsy Turvy, anyone?)
But what about when it starts to get uncomfortable? When you start to live On The Fringe of Polite Society with your hippie ideas? The horror in people’s eyes when I talk about not spending another penny on shampoo. My abject disdain for all things disposable (seriously, WHY should I pay for something, only to have the privilege of throwing it away?). Once, after watching a friend’s reaction to my topic of homemade, reusable sanitary pads, I swore I’d try to mainstream my frugality, if only in public.
But those pennies you save through extreme measures have a way of adding up pretty quickly. Eventually, what was uncomfortable becomes commonplace. You’ve just learned to live a little cheaper- time to find a new way to get uncomfortable again. If I write something that causes you to grimace, that may be a good place to start. In the meantime, write yourself a check for the money you didn’t spend on Kotex or Pantene and open up a savings account in your local credit union. Watch those savings accumulate and gather interest. Dream of something realistic and achievable you want, and make that your goal. Envision it when things are uncomfortable.
Our goal is Disney World in 2 years. Our plan is to make it a reality through frugality.
What are you saving your pennies for? What extreme measures have you gone to in effort to get there?