Frugality as a lifestyle

Being frugal is a lifestyle choice with highs and lows fighting through impulsive purchases and enjoying the things you do have debt free.

staycation

A staycation in our backyard.

Don’t let me fool you there are days when I struggle with being frugal. Day in and day out, month after month, year after year it gets tiresome and well, boring at times to live a simplistic frugal lifestyle.

There are the days where I too look around and see my family and friends with flashy cars and a rocking wardrobe I’d love to have too. Turning friends down for lunch or coffee dates can take it’s toll especially when that’s where moms go to release off some steam and be heard by fellow moms going through the same “phases” as we moms like to call it. Thank goodness for the free drop in programs around town!

So how do we stay focused and keep on track when frugality feels more like a burden and without falling off the frugal band wagon?

Here are some tips that help lead the way and keep going that I’ve implemented into my life.

1. Look after number one first. That means, YOURSELF! Raise the bar of excellence and everyday do something that will make you feel great the good old fashion way. A walk or run through the park to breath in some fresh air or a swim at near by lake. Bottom line get some exercise it will make you feel that much better. Be sure to get regular check ups too. Yes, mammograms if you’ve reached that age, physicals, blood work you know what I mean. It is important to stay on top of your health. Additionally, cooking at home has more benefits than just being frugal. It’s less expensive to cook at home as well as healthier.

no knead bread

The famous Zussino homemade delicious no knead bread.

2. Add adventures into your everyday life. Those who know me well know how much I love to let loose and have a good time. Break free from everyday life and hit the road for a hike you’ve heard about. Make sure you pack a lunch. A frugal lifestyle doesn’t mean never allowing yourself to take trips or splurge, just spend wisely on trips  you can afford like a staycation. Recently I packed up our camping gear and headed up island for a long weekend. I didn’t think camping would be part of family time while my Eva was a toddler but I was wrong to judge. My daughter absolutely loved camping and running around.

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Hiking in the mountains.

4. Get yourself a hobby. Hopefully one that can make you money and not costs you money. I also like to call this hobby jobs. I’ve turned blogging and fitness into hobby jobs. After finding myself hitting the gym every day I thought it was only common sense to start teaching fitness. Now not only do I get a free membership to the gym, I also get paid to do something I love. Same goes for blogging, sharing my frugal lifestyle online has lead to a steady income over the years.

bloggingSteve blogging in the late hours of the night.

4. Treasure the things you do have. This is something I learned as a child. Being raised in a middle class family I was brought up to appreciate the things I did have and not think about the things I didn’t have or wanted. It made me much more grateful for my personal possessions I did own. Knowing how hard and expensive it is to buy a small kitchen appliance or a car. Keep your tires full to save on gas, getting regular oil changes and tune ups etc. One thing I love about my home is how clean and organized it is. This also means I love being in my space and home. Next time the roof starts leaking make sure you get on top of it, letting general maintenance slide leads to more expensive repairs down the road and less money for adventure.

5. Admire the wealthy. There are many things that can be learned from wealthy people. Wealthy people are not wealthy because they love to spend money on wonderful things. They are wealthy because they know how money works. There are a lot of similarities with frugal people and wealthy people. To be honest, I always have a few extremely wealthy people in my life that are close to me. I make sure of this and let them know how much I admire and appreciate their friendship. Over the years I’ve learned a lot from these people.

What are some tips you can add to help stay on track and living a frugal lifestyle?

 

 

Lina Zussino

Lina Zussino, is a co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. GroceryAlerts.ca encourages real whole foods cooking while helping Canadians save money with grocery deals and coupons.

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