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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to knuckle down and take the rocky path to financial success. Whether paying off debts or saving for a dream holiday, living frugally is a means to an end that can often be an unavoidable aspect of managing finances. We’ve all been there, hankering after a new car or simply just the feeling of being free from the shackles of monthly repayments. After all, who doesn’t want peace of mind when it comes to their finances?
Although it sounds easy enough, living frugally can be hard work. It is often tricky to stick to the plan when temptation kicks in or a bad day gets the better of good judgement. But, while frugal living is often a difficult way to achieve goals, there are plenty of painless money-saving tips for everyday life to get started. Once you’ve started with these smaller actions, you might start to feel a shift in the way that you think.
It’s the little things
When you start to pay attention to where each penny goes, a wonderful knock-on effect happens. You will start to notice things that you might have dismissed or overlooked previously. This is because practicing mindfulness with your money will inevitably lead to a more mindful approach in the rest of your life. If you are currently on a frugal financial plan, think about the deliberate actions you take with each penny and use that considered and deliberate approach with other aspects of day to day life, such as walking the dog or hanging the washing out.
Ready for action
Another great aspect of being careful with money is that it encourages a sense of being proactive and in control. This is incredibly empowering, particularly if you have been feeling out of control with your finances and letting them get the better of you. Spiraling debt repayments and escalating charges can have a negative effect on anyone’s mindset, so taking control of this and turning it into a positive outcome is a great way to correct your mindset.
The thing about paying off your debts, or saving for the future, is that it doesn’t happen overnight. Sure, you could wish that you won the jackpot and all of your problems would be solved in one go, but life often doesn’t work like that. Living frugally teaches you to have patience and determination, even in those times when you would rather hide under the bedcovers.
By making certain changes you can work towards a better lifestyle and bigger long-term goals. To do this its key to let go of unhelpful thinking patterns. This could be negative spending habits or irrational misconceptions and superstitions about money. Believe it or not, plenty of people think that eating lentils on New Year’s Eve will bring wealth, while others believe that you should always pay off your debts when the sun shines. If you have any unusual superstitions about money, now is the time to let them go. Think of it as a fresh start for your mind and your wallet.
Finally, living frugally offers the chance to practice rational thinking, which many of us could use! Those times when you see something, and you simply must have it? Everyone gets them– it’s about making the distinction between whether you need it or want it. Understanding the difference between the two leads to rational thought processes which are super useful, not just when it comes to money. Having control over impulses and emotions is a great life skill that will benefit you in all aspects of your life, so make sure you really analyze your motives each time you find yourself impulsively buying something. Do you need it? Or do you just want it?
Remember, it’s not forever. And by the end of it, you will have a huge sense of achievement as well as plenty of new life skills!