One of my favorite things to do on 4 Hats is to share how our family tries to stay frugal, whether it works or not. I think frugality is all about trying new things while cutting your spending or even your carbon footprint. But, I’ve noticed in these past years, that no matter what we share, there is always at least one or two people who love to say “wow, that’s great, but I could never do that.” Boy, oh boy, does this get me riled up.
Now, it doesn’t make me upset that they don’t want to try what we try. That would be silly and self-centered. I can’t ever think I’m some frugal savior and can convert you to follow my lead. It upsets me because I see my wonderful readers selling themselves short; failing before they even start. I maybe the the eternal cheerleader, but I always see a point of encouraging anyone, even strangers, to try something new and put the idea of succeeding in their mind. I like to think this is why I have the friends I have and why I love my readers here. What can I say? I’m a geek.
When it comes to frugality, selling yourself short is the biggest enemy. You would think lack of money, lack of time, or nay-saying family members but that’s just not true. It’s you. Like they say, you are your own worst enemy. Just think of it this way, the person that racked up those bills or created that uncontrollable budget stares at you in the mirror everyday. So, don’t let that person knock your dreams of starting a frugal lifestyle!
Here is my challenge to all of my readers, old and new: attain at least one frugal attribute this month. Give yourself one little month to try something new and see how it feels before you decide to “fail” it already. Whether it’s using a rubber chicken one week this month, clipping more coupons for sales, shopping at consignment or thrift stores, or cutting down on the electricity in the house to lower that utility bill, give yourself a chance to succeed. But remember to only choose ONE. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your frugal lifestyle won’t be either.
I’d love to know what you all choose to try this month! Leave me a comment and tell me what you are going to try.