I want to start with Sorry! I know that I have missed a couple of Frugal Fridays lately, and for that I do apologize…but what a perfect way to bust into an easy to envision, yet hard to grasp concept.
MAKE AN EFFORT
Everything about Frugality is making an effort. Will it always be the right choice? No, will your effort always be seen and rewarded, bwahaha, no. I know this doesn't sound like a fun idea, and it may not be, but it is so important. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have almost bailed on being frugal, and this blog. Because, sometimes, I don't make a great effort, shiz, sometimes I don't even make an effort at all. I am a sell out, screw up, bailer…but aren't we all?
Corey and I have been is the midst of slow season over the last six week :gulp: and I wished so hard I had savings, because we should. We just can't, thanks to the bankruptcy, and that sucks. We have been living on a tight budget, which in turn forced us to really examine our money and where it has been going. Hmm, how do I say this. It has been going to eating out…a lot. Ya, not so great. So we made an effort to eat at home, have we made a ridiculous number of trips to the market, why, yes we have. Am I making another today, that should be for all of our groceries, but is really just going to be for dinner food, because I forgot to buy any meat this week?? Yup. That is okay because we have spent $25 on extra food we should have bought (because, I should have a meal plan, but the sight of food makes me queasy), how much does that really save on take out? Well, lets say we had to grab ingredients for 3 meals x 5 people @ 8/per person…40 per meal x 3 = 120…a little effort saved a lot of money. I consider that worth it.
Where in your life do you have to make an extra effort? I would love to hear I am not the only one