Today I was reading a post by a careful spender who called herself a frugal traitor after she and her husband decided to once again subscribe to satellite TV. She went on to describe how she resolved those feelings. Her post hit upon an important part of my frugal life philosophy.
Deciding to be frugal does not mean you never buy non-essentials. Sure, I watch prices and buy food where it’s cheapest and buy in bulk and cook from scratch. I buy clothes at yard sale and thrift shops and cheerfully accept hand-me-downs. Our garage freezer came from a yard sale and our garage fridge came from Freecycle.com and we bought our pool used on craigslist.com.
But not everything in our lives is bare-bones. The TV in our living room is (ahem) a wee bit bigger than strictly necessary. There are vacations and trips to the movies and a netflicks.com subscription and a small array of other niceties that we could live without. But we choose not to.
I do not believe that these extras spoil my frugality record. We carefully choose which ‘extravagances’ are most worthwhile, and we don’t feel guilty for thoughtfully deviating from deep frugality in those instances. And here’s the truth: not only does frugality enable us to afford those small splurges, it also lets us enjoy those extra goodies in our life with a thankful heart.
Selective frugality: it works for me!