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 Mrs Money.
What does frugality mean to you?
Frugality is a way of life. It means being mindful of your resources, consuming less, reusing more, and being creative with what you have. One of my favorite sayings is: “use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.”
What is something that you do that is ‘typically’ frugal?
I am a huge advocate of second hand shopping. I grew up frequenting thrift stores with my mother. I remember when I could get 5 pairs of jeans for $10, versus one pair for $15. I didn’t understand why people wouldn’t buy second hand!
I am now semi- addicted to thrifting. I have gotten a lot better though, and can go into the store looking for specific things and walk out with nothing if they don’t have what I want.
What is something frugal that you do that is unusual?
What are some of your longterm goals that being frugal will help you to accomplish?
I want to be a stay at home mom when we have kids. I feel like I have spent the past five years preparing myself. We’ve paid off over $36,000 in student loan debt and have been saving for our emergency fund and for when I stay at home. Without being frugal, I don’t think we could have gotten as far as we have!
Mrs. Money shares tips on frugal living, how to live green, saving money, paying off debt, and living a simpler life at the Ultimate Money Blog. Be sure to stop by and check out her blog!