I am fascinated by shopping habits, financial spending, and basic consumer behavior. I discuss this with friends, family, co-workers, and strangers. And I have learned that I am weird, and my spending habits are a bit of an outlier. Basically, I am frugal, but in weird ways that separate me from the coupon cutters and other stereotypical groups depicted on TV.
What I “give up” by being frugal:
We moved out of and sold our larger home with pool, hot tub, large back yard, and “extra” rooms. We now live in a much smaller home that perfectly fits our household. Our small home requires less furniture, less electricity to heat & cool, and less time cleaning it. The smaller back yard has less patio furniture and a smaller water bill due to desert landscaping and less grass, and we do not pay landscaper or pool maintenance. The smaller house is the most cost saving change and makes the most impact to monthly budget and unplanned expenses. Continue reading “Weirdly Frugal – 6 Strategies for Frugal Living”