I’m A Frugalista

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“You can never be too rich or too thin.”

Wallis Simpson

One of the top New Years resolutions for 2013 is to save money.  While this resolution has made the top 10 in previous years, it has special meaning for the coming months.  There appears to be a consensus – we don’t like debt.  We are all looking for ways to trim budgets, reduce costs and live within our means.  We live in a world of economic uncertainty and high unemployment.  No one is immune to the capricious forces that drive our global markets.  There is a definite trend towards thrift.

Recently, I read Ellen Ruppel Shell’s book, “Cheap: High Cost of Discount Culture,” and now consider myself to be a Frugalista. Many equate “frugal” with stingy, penny-pitching, meagre, miserly and miserable. I am beginning to think that “frugal” may, in fact, be defined as abundance.  This week, I want to explore the connections between freedom, frugality, wealth, indulgence and satisfaction.

Samuel Johnson, who lived in the 1700’s said, “Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.”  It will be interesting to see if those words still  prove true in our century.