What is An Exercise in Frugality?
Have you ever heard the term “an exercise in futility”? When I started this blog back in 2011, it was originally a coupon blog. The name An Exercise in Frugality was a play on “an exercise in futility” because at the time people thought coupons were a waste of time. Then Extreme Couponing became a huge hit and suddenly people realized that couponing wasn’t a futile endeavor and that you could really save a lot of money. Nowadays, we focus less on couponing and have evolved into a frugal lifestyle blog focusing not just on saving money, but on getting the best value for your money.
What does being frugal mean?
Most people think being frugal is the same as being cheap. It’s not. Frugality, at least in terms of this website is more than just spending the least amount of money possible. It’s about getting the most value for your money. That might mean spending a little more initially to invest in a quality item that will last for years, which saves you money in the long run. Frugal means thrifty, economical and prudent-not cheap.
So I can be frugal without being cheap?
Yes! And that’s what this site is all about!
Why is being frugal good?
Even if you have a great paying job, wouldn’t you like to get more from your money? Wouldn’t you like to have less financial stress, learn how to get out of debt and how to live an amazing life on a budget? Few things in life are as peaceful as financial security, and I want to share that feeling with every single one of you.
How do I start being frugal?
It’s easy! You’re in the right place. People think being frugal means being boring, having no “stuff” and lots of sacrifice but that’s not necessarily the case. Again, we believe in getting value for your money, which means you have more of it to go around. I can’t promise you there won’t be some sacrifice, but I choose to view it as compromise instead. Take a look at some of the tips here for saving money and I can assure you that you won’t feel deprived. Be sure to browse the menu bar at the top of the page and don’t forget to use Pinterest to save your favorite articles for later reference.
Start taking a look around and you’ll find tons of information to help you start being frugal, and start stretching your money further. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!