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 Anjanette from Eat From Your Pantry.
What does frugality mean to you?
Being frugal is first and foremost living within our means. I think it goes beyond even that though. Being frugal is being a good steward of what we’ve been blessed with, and hopefully being able to bless others (our family or other people in need) as a result. It is a way of life.
What is something that you do that is ‘typically’ frugally?
I use coupons and utilize sales. I enjoy the challenge of planning meals around the deeply discounted food items I find, and I skip the big name brands if possible. I might take it to a higher level than some do – I have a rule that I don’t purchase any clothing items for myself that cost more than $5/top and $10/bottom, & I only shop for clothes when I *need* something – but I am not a couponing pro and I’m not a big fan of running to umpteen different stores for the best price.
What is something frugal that you do that is unusual?
We also have a unique job in addition to my husband’s full time job. We are the resident managers (like house parents) for a transitional housing ministry for homeless families. We live on site in exchange for free rent. For almost three years we’ve lived in a small apartment with various responsibilities that some would consider too inconvenient for the benefits (like doing room checks at 10pm and having to call the police on residents who refuse to leave when its time). We love the ministry, but our motivation for serving in this way rather than giving financially or volunteering our time to organize foods drives, etc. is frugality as well.
What are some of your longterm goals that being frugal will help you to accomplish?
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