When Less is Best: Surprising Benefits of Living the Frugal Life

The term ‘frugal’ sometimes comes with negative connotations.  However, it’s just a word; what it represents and what it can do for you is much more important.  Many people find that living the frugal life makes them happier and presents them with more time.  Sometimes, less is more, so here are a number of ways that being frugal can be a blessing.

Less Trash

Having less stuff means less trash.  By buying less, and reusing the things you have, you’re creating less excess, which is a positive for the environment.  Think of it in regards to a person who is succinct versus one who is verbose in proving the same point.  The former party uses less words yet can achieve the same effect, which saves the speaker and listener time and effort.

Less Stress

Buying less means having more money in the bank, which means less stress for most people.  When you’re a regular consumer, you spend more, which means you have less of a nest egg in the bank.  That may be fine for those who are making a lot of money.

But most of us are not surgeons or Wall Street stock brokers.  We are likely to want the same things but have less money for them.  For example, we may want to buy a new car because the seats are worn, yet buying a set of seat covers from www.shearcomfort.com is cheaper and solves the problem too.

More Focus

Those who care less about commodities and material possessions have more time to focus on things that matter, such as good health and time with family and friends.  Those who are truly happy seldom need material things to continue their state of well being.

Being happy comes from within, and while it can be immediately enjoyable to consume and enjoy material possessions, focusing on what really matters is the path to long term happiness.

More Community

Those who are not preoccupied with buying and possessing are more likely to give things away to others, especially those who may not have the means to buy needs.  Having less things and more time to focus outward is better for the surrounding community.  Plenty of people need help, and those who are not preoccupied with their own wants are better able to identify the people who are truly in need.

More Years

Who wants to work?  While some people are lucky enough to make money doing what they love, most people are working to make a living.  Even those who can say they love their jobs probably don’t get to make their own hours, take vacations whenever they want, and don’t want go to work every day.

Those who live below their means don’t have to worry about saving for retirement and can retire earlier, so they can truly live each day how they would like.  Those who love work don’t have to stop altogether, but can work on their own time, which is much different from ‘working for a living.’

More Awareness

It takes curiosity and awareness to become frugal.  You have to reverse engineer a number of things you do each day, which leads to insights about yourself and human nature.  For example, many people get in the habit of buying more food than they need whether they leave food on their plate at a restaurant or wind up discarding a number of bought grocery items.

An aware person may order an appetizer versus a meal at a restaurant or only buy items they immediately need at the grocery store.  Being frugal is not being ‘cheap,’ but a new perspective on life.  Being cheap means not wanting to spend money; being frugal means growing aware of having things that you really need.  There’s a big difference in meaning.

Eve O’Neill works as a personal finance consultant, and is a huge advocate of frugal living, believing that more fulfilling lives can be lead by being frugal. She shares her thoughts and tips online through her articles.

Homeschool Help: 5 Tools You Can Use to Teach Godly Virtues At Home

Teaching godly virtues at home is one of our goals in homeschooling. Though character is not something one can easily teach but awareness of these virtues is important so that our children will know these virtues.

Here are some tools you can use to teach these godly virtues.

Achieving True Success: How to Build Character as a Family. This is a book which can be used by the whole family. It is available from Amazon or Learning Plus bookstore in Pasig City.

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Focus on the Family’s Kids of Integrity A great website with free PDF files that focuses on each virtue.

Confession’s of a Homeschooler’s Bible Printables. There are several character studies which you can easily download and print for your child.

We Choose Virtues. There is a homeschool kit that includes parenting cards and downloadable PDF files. It is best fit for 4-8 years old.

The Book of Virtues from William J. Bennett. This is a book about different virtues and there is a FREE unit study on The Book of Virtues  from Shiver Academy.

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Health at Home: Top Tips for Identifying and Treating Spider Bites 

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Spiders are found all over the United States. While some are harmless, the bites of others like the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse can be fatal. Knowing how to identify and treat spider bites can be useful, so here is some guidance. How to Identify a Spider Bite Both venomous and non-venomous spiders can […]

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Fully Satisfied in Him

In our fast paced life and materialistic world, we are enticed to think that we need the latest gadgets to be able to live a more organized and connected life. We are enticed to think that we need to enroll our children at that program so they can become the best in what they do. […]

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Are You Having A Baby? Here are Some Preparation Tips

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My son Toby and I When I found out I was pregnant many years back, I felt excited and anxious. Who will my baby look like? Will he or she like me? Will everything be okay? Will I be a good mom to him or her? Questions that can only bring fear and hope to […]

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Readers List for 9-12 Years Old

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My 9 and 12 year olds love to read and sometimes, it can be quite a challenge to find good books for them to read through. I have been researching and have come up with this readers list for them. I’d like to share it with you and hope that it will help you too! […]

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