I look with bemusement, on the number of people jumping on the frugality bandwagon now that we are in an economic recession. Their ardent, new-found lifestyle is met with amazed declarations like “Wow, you can really save money by making coffee at home!” or “CFL bulbs actually put out just as much light!” Bemusement, why? Because I have always lived this way, and always will. It is seemingly an innate philosophy that is deep within me – I would be leading a disingenuous life if I did otherwise. They are not telling me something that I don’t already know, and live each day.
Believe me, I am happy when others discover the value of thrift…and I do understand the enthusiasm of the newly converted. But the cynic in me wonders whether most of this is a temporary thing, to be shoved aside when the money once again, starts rolling in. I’m sure there are some who feel ‘put upon’ by having to make changes, and can’t wait to get back to their old, excessive lifestyle.
Living frugally, for me, is not a lifestyle of dull austerity. Quite the opposite! To me, it takes more thought and action to actually do things rather than ‘sit back and be entertained’. It is a lifestyle of thinking and doing. And to me, thinking and doing is very fun!
It remains to be seen if more will fall off the wagon once the economy improves. My wish is that more will actually realize the pleasure in remaining thrifty, no matter their income level. I hope this is the case. But I do know that it may be just as hard for some to remain frugal as it would be for me to suddenly become a spendthrift shopaholic!