How Frugal Living Simplifies Your Life

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How-Frugal-Living--can-simplify-your-lifePeople may feel like frugal living is difficult when they are just starting to learn about budgeting and reducing spending in order to live a frugal life. However, once you’ve gotten over the initial hump of learning how to properly manage your finances, you’ll find that frugal living actually simplifies your life in a number of different ways. Frugal living allows you to live with less stress. Reducing your consumerism allows you to learn more about yourself and to simplify your life goals.

In the end, frugal living allows you to live simply so that you can simply live.

Less Stress

The single biggest hindrance to a simple life for almost everyone is stress. Stress makes life difficult in so many ways; it causes problems in our relationships, creates health issues in our bodies and frustrates us as we try to meet our goals. Frugal living reduces stress, which simplifies your life in all of these other areas.

When you live a frugal life, you are able to significantly limit the financial stress that you’re facing which is typically the biggest source of stress for most people. You’ll reduce (or even eliminate) your debt, streamline your bills down to just a few per month and put aside some savings so that you aren’t worried about what will happen in case of an emergency.

When this stress is alleviated, you’ll find that other stress is also reduced. You’ll be able to enjoy life with your spouse more. Your health problems will often dissipate. Your life will feel lighter and everything you do will feel simpler because you won’t have money worries hanging over your head.Frugal Living

Less Stuff

Living a frugal life isn’t just about spending less money; it’s also about consuming less. You’d be surprised how much simpler your life is when you make a conscious choice to have less stuff cluttering things up. Just a few examples of how too much stuff makes life complicated include:

·More to clean, organize and store. The more stuff that you have, the more time you have to spend dealing with that stuff. Every time that you have to sort through things or dust them off you’ve got another chore on your task list.
·More to offer. It’s nice to have extras around the house to offer to others as needed but that can create complications in your life. For example, when you have an extra room in your house and plenty of extra sheets and dishes then you have a lot of houseguests interested in coming to see you. Houseguests can make your daily life complicated. That’s not a problem that you have if you simply don’t have a lot to offer to them.
·And yet you always want more. Consumerism is something that builds upon itself. When you buy a lot of things, you end up just wanting to buy even more. This complicates life in a multitude of ways including causing emotional highs and lows that can significantly upset your life.

Guest post by Kathryn Vercillo. Kathryn is a writer for which gives away free discount code deals (like this Laura Ashley promotional code) and also publishes the money saving blog.

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  1. Kevin Wilderman says

    Great points! My wife and I just recently started the “frugal lifestyle” because we wanted to pay off some outstanding debts, and we’re so glad we did. It has released a boatload of stress, and we’ve already seen many major benefits. Great blog, we’ve loved reading your articles.

  2. says

    Those first steps really are scary, especially if you’ve been used to having ‘excess’ all your life. But the simple, frugal lifestyle not only eases your household stresses, but it teaches the children what to do when it’s their turn to make a home. We’re setting up the future for success!

  3. says

    I really love this advice. I have so many friends, and at an earlier time in my life, that have such a hard time living in debt. Living on less and living within your means really can give you so much freedom! I think this advice is great for everyone!

  4. Tamera Byrd says

    My family and I are in debt, but we are slowly paying our way out of it. We have decided to begin saving for a house that is just 400 square feet. We will be downsizing from a 1700 square foot apartment, but will need to save for at least two years. Any ideas? We have to rent while we save up, but we need some ideas about saving in other areas. I have really enjoyed your posts.

  5. says

    It is amazing how having less ‘stuff’ takes your mind off of what you think you ‘need’. You start seeing how little you really ‘need’, I kept trying to chase stuff, when I realized how much more important time with my family was, it was amazing how much of the stuff I could do without.


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