The “F” Word

For my first blog post, I am going to tackle the dreaded “F” word. 

In our house, this word is not taboo.  In fact, the “F” word is always on the tip of my tongue just waiting to be used on a moments notice.  I hope to raise my son to embrace the “F” word and to use it often even though it raises eyebrows.  Most people cringe when they hear the “F” word.

FRUGAL

There, I said it.

Being frugal is a good thing.  It means taking charge of your life.  It means being in control of your finances.  It means stretching the value of a dollar to buy and do more than ever before.  It means making the most with what you have.  It means reusing, recycling, and refurbishing goods.  It can also mean defining your values and evaluating what you deem to be important.  If saving money helps you towards what you define as important, then being frugal is for you.

For us, we value raising our child at home, spending quality time together as a family, eating healthier meals, exercising regularly, and saving money for the future.  Those things are important to us.  My time turned out to be worth more money than I was earning at my job.  In other words, you couldn’t pay me enough to keep my baby in daycare, to eat fast food all the time, and to subtract what little time remained in the day after work to go to a gym rather than be with my family.  On top of that, there was little money going to savings because I was paying out for everything listed above that I didn’t want in the first place.

And that is how we became “Frugals”.  Live it and love it.

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