5 Dead Simple Reasons Why People Are Frugal
Every time we discuss the subject of frugal living, someone somewhere always brings up opportunity cost. It goes something like this. "...my time is worth a whole lot more. If I'm going to spend the time clipping coupons, I might as well spend some time working on my side business." Valid point no doubt, but there are many reasons why we share and practice frugality. Aside from the direct benefit of saving those couple of dollars, we pinch pennies when:
1. It bothers us otherwise.
It's not that we can't afford a new pair of shoes, but why buy when we can get it fixed? If we can make/build/do it ourselves, why pay and rely on someone else? I understand that you don't want to bother with learning how to live like us, but it bothers us to live like the way you do.
2. We are just used to it.
Some of us are wired that way, and others amongst us learn to just do it. The truth is that most of the time, we just automatically opt for the cheaper alternative. You are used to spending money at Starbucks, we are used to brewing our coffee. Frugality is not necessarily a better way, but it is a different way.
3. We are just watching TV with our free time.
Clipping coupons and researching the best deal takes time. Haggling takes time, and trying to reuse everything takes time. Being frugal takes time, but if we are just in front of the TV otherwise, we'd take a more comfortable retirement any day of the week. You have fun being a couch potato, and we get a kick out of getting a good deal. We don't question you. Maybe you shouldn't question us.
4. We hate complexity.
Some of us actually realize that the more we buy, the more cluttered our house becomes. Not only is it a big waste of money, it's a huge hassle to clean, organize and store everything. Sure, we can make the money and spend it too, but that's so complicated if you think about it. We rather make do with what we already have.
5. We simply love doing it.
We are frugal because we love doing it. We are proud that we aren't being wasteful, and we truly enjoy spending less than everyone else. You may love going to shopping, but we love working on our vegetable gardens. You may not get us, but we don't get you either. Isn't that fair?