There’s a difference between being cheap and being frugal.
Being cheap is saving your money, even at the expense of value.
Being frugal is saving your money, but never at the expense of value.
For example, being cheap is buying the one-ply toilet paper at the dollar store. Being frugal is buying the two-ply store brand toilet paper at the grocery store for $.50 more. Your tush will thank you for choosing to be frugal, not cheap.
My mission is to teach others how to live frugally without sacrificing quality.
For me, this means
- Eating whole, unprocessed food, but sticking to a budget.
- Eating out, but always splitting my entree.
- Buying trendy clothes, but never at full price.
- Buying leather shoes, but from a secondhand store.
- Getting my hair done, but using box dye in between salon visits.
- Owning a MacBook, but buying it refurbished.
- Going to see live theater, but always getting tickets with a coupon code.
- Living in a big city, but having a one bedroom apartment for two.
- Traveling the world, but being flexible with dates and airlines.
Ty and I have financial goals, and we are proud to say that we are well on our way to meeting them. But at 25 and 26 years old, you better believe that we aren’t just sitting at home on a Friday night. We’ve learned how to balance our finances and our desires. Sometimes we have to say no, but most of the time when we truly want something, we find a creative way to save money getting it (like roundtrip tickets from Chicago to New York for $98 each).
There’s a happy medium between spending and saving your money and we’ve found ours. I’m here to help you find yours.
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