It has been a bit hard for me to get into the groove this year and I finally figured out why – too much frugality is getting me down. I have been doing the frugal thing for years but only intensely the past three and a bit. It is a tiring to always be looking for new places to save especially if you have embraced the frugal life fully.
I am doing all the right things: not buying coffees out, cooking from scratch nearly every night, keeping to my budget, hey I even paid off one of my credit cards a few months ago. I think I am tired of too much stick and not enough carrot.
This year, I am going to try to make deals with myself a bit, let myself have a bit more of a good time. If you have embraced the frugal way of living, it becomes a habit and once you have developed a habit it is difficult to break. Just try to quit smoking or ditch coffee completely; frugality has become part of my DNA.
By letting myself have more leeway in the spending department, I think it will make my life a bit more fun and with fun comes creativity and hopefully joie de vivre. There is only so much one can accomplish with being frugal. We all need to eat, wear clothes and have a shelter.
Being frugal is an admirable thing but it should not be the main focus of your life, if it is then you might be called a miser or cheapskate behind your back. As I said, frugality is now embedded in my DNA. I will not buy food in a box just because I can’t be bothered to cook or buy stuff for the heck of it.
I want to declutter even more and really try to live a more minimalistic life. There are definitely things I need to buy (new clothes, shoes, a cover for the sofa) but before I buy anything, I will get rid of something.
I think now is the time to work more on the earning side of my financial life. I am also going to try to find a side hustle or two to finance this more fun lifestyle I am planning or should I say designing? I think I like the idea of designing my life for 2012. Are you planning the grand design of your life? What are you adding or more importantly subtracting? Drop me a comment, I would love to hear about you.