Frugal living is all about making choices. What are your needs, wants, and goals? Being frugal doesn’t mean spending no money (after all, you need food to survive); it just means spending money in the right places for you. My goal in life is to travel the world and experience every culture possible. I also want to invest for my retirement, have backup funds, and never pay interest other than my mortgage. To do all this, I save in other areas. I would much rather go on vacation than frequently eat in restaurants (including fast food).
Frugal is not the same as cheap. I don’t want cheap furniture, clothes, etc. that will need to be replaced soon. That ends up costing more in the long run. I buy quality furniture to last a lifetime. I buy decent clothes at good prices, and I take care of them to help them last longer.
I will detail how I spend and save my money, and I hope it gives you some great ideas! I have never lived paycheck to paycheck. When something breaks or needs maintenance, I take care of it without worrying if I’ll be able to eat. I fill up my gas tank whenever I have a quarter of tank left, and I don’t wonder what I need to give up for gas money.
So, start thinking about your goals. I’ll try to help you save in other areas to reach your goals.
Enjoy and good luck!