When it comes to being frugal and constantly reading frugal and finance blogs and magazines, I get totally burned out. It seems like everyone either has the same ideas or are repeating what was obvious to most years ago. Sometimes it makes you want to go off the frugal grid and look in a different direction.
As a matter of fact, I’ve been doing exactly that. I’ve been checking out other mom(and dad) bloggers, cooking bloggers and even fashion bloggers for a wonderful distraction. I decided to catch up on some old magazines I haven’t had time to read and see what may inspire me to keep this lifestyle going and create some new ideas to share. They’ve all been great muses but of course, there is always something new to learn about frugality, and this time around for me, it had to do with sponges.
I was reading the new All You magazine and saw a tip that said to cut your sponges in half to extend your stockpile. You can clean your dishes, or whatnot, with half a sponge just as well as you could with a whole one. Duh! Such a great idea! Now, I’m sure I’ve read this on a frugal blog or in a magazine ages ago, but probably never implemented it. Why I didn’t, I’ll never know, but it’s such a simple tip that I’m sure it could get lost in the hussle and bussle that is finance blogging, but it’s a solidly good tip. As soon as I read it, I immediately thought “why didn’t I think of that?” I haven’t felt that way about a new frugal lesson in a long time and it was so great to having that moment of surprise and delight back. One of the things I loathe about this lifestyle is the fact that it can get mundane and stagnant, if you let it. When ideas like this fall into my lap, it makes me want to partake in a happy dance, and gets me motivated again.
So, now I’m on a mission to see what else I haven’t thought about yet. Its been fun trying to rack my brain for new ways to save. Sometimes you just need a sponge to light a fire under your butt.
Have you guys ever felt stagnant in your frugal lifestyle? What has bought you out of that feeling?