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 Lakita from Personal Finance Journey.
What does frugality mean to you?
When I think of frugality, I think of living a prioritized lifestyle. Frugality involves making deliberate choices regarding your finances. While being frugal may involve sacrifices, it should not be so extreme that you don’t enjoy your life. I have not mastered the art of frugality, but I am improving. My desire is to be able to minister to God’s people without finances being a burden or limitation. Eliminating debt and adopting frugal practices will only help me reach this goal.
What is something that you do that is ‘typically’ frugally?
I look for frugal recipes and work them into my weekly meal plan. I often find recipes from my Facebook & Twitter friends. Some of my favorites are Red Beans & Rice, Lentil Stew, Thai Cabbage & Chicken soup, and most recently Quick Jambalaya. I spend more than I’d like to admit eating out, so the more frugal recipes I can incorporate into my routine the better!
What is something frugal that you do that is unusual?
Seven months ago I cancelled my cable service. I realized most of the shows I watch are available online. Eventhough there are a few shows I miss, the sacrifice was worth it. I find alternative uses for common inexpensive items, such as using vinegar as a glass cleaner.
What are some of your longterm goals that being frugal will help you to accomplish?
I want to be able to give more of my time and finances to ministry endeavors. In order to accomplish this, I want to eliminate outstanding debt as quickly as possible. I want to be financially secure and travel. My mom also wants to own a Bed & Breakfast, I’d love to be able to help her get this started.
Lakita is the author of Personal Finance Journey, a blog that offers encouragement, education, and advice to those on the road to financial freedom. She is an IT systems administrator by profession and also enjoys teaching praise & worship dance ministries
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