I've been asked more than once; "Don't you feel kind of dishonest? You talk about Frugal Living... and then go to making money off advertising and trying to sell things?"
My answer? "Nope... Not even a lil' bit!"
A workable Frugal Living Ideal is like Lloyd's Mantra; "Life is a matter of balance"
When I started talking with folks in pursuit of this "Frugal Living" deal... I picked up pretty quick on something... a lot of 'em... too many of 'em, had just swapped one affliction for another... First they were running toward money... sacrificing all... and now they're runnin' away from it... and runnin' down anything that gets in their way of squeezing a dime... one extreme to the other...
... and in both cases... The Joy, of just plain ol' Living... gets lost in the commotion!
Money... damned Ol' dollars... you can't live with 'em... you can't live without! :o) ... so... What's a feller to do?
Why, hang Ol' Lloyds; "It's a matter of balance" on the issue!
I try to sell, promote and support... what I see to be of benefit to people. Something that will improve their lives. Along the way I try to make sure they get their moneys' worth. That, is having the proper frugal living mind set... for the girls I dance with.
And if I can make an honest living doing that... Double Sweet!
There's something, that I submit, should be your first thought when you start out pursuing a Frugal Living Philosophy. It should, in my sorta humble opinion, be your primary and foundational motivation.
That first thing is; The whole purpose, for even thinking about Frugal living, is to improve your life... to shine it up with laughter and lovin'... or why bother?
Frugal living should Not be the uncomfortable ordeal of deliberately doing without... cutting out and cutting back... with ever'thing focused on saving money.
Eliminating that focus on 'Money'... is, purty close, to bein' my focus!
I'm claiming that, what Should Be the driving philosophy, is; "How can I reduce the amount of precious Life and energy that gets wasted on, and diverted by, junk, that in the end, Doesn't contribute one pin eared, foundered mule, to my LIVING?!...
(Living = Joy, Love, Friendship, Laughter, Fulfillment, Shining Times!)
It Should Be about, finding ways to add the greatest amount of joy to our lives... to go as far as we can go, toward Shining Times... by squeezing the greatest amount possible, from our toys and tools!
Not... doin' without the toys and tools!
Sure, if the Toy don't contribute... dump it! ... But, if it does... get two!
Don't measure a "Thing" by it's price... unless that price is what it costs your Life! Measure it by; "Does it put a smile on your face... and in your heart?
If it does that... does the dollar cost even matter?... assuming you have the dollars for it, of course! ... there's that "Balance" thing again. :o)
Bottom line? Collect those toys and tools, as many of 'em as you can carry... that honestly "Earn", a place in your tool shed, or your toy box. If the "cost" of the toys and tools... is a greater burden than what your mule can carry... discard 'em..
Protect your Mule... Him... You Need! :o)
... and don't fret too much about the 'Missed Calls'... they'll make for good campfire stories... sippin' a beer with all those friends, that your laughter will collect.
Take Good Care
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