I have been reading a few blogs lately where the writer has 'gone frugal'. They all have differing reasons for doing so but one or two do seem to have one thing in common - when writing about their decision, they seem to have the mind set of it being a chore/something to be put up with etc.
Being frugal can and does become a bit of a chore over a long period of time, especially if life doesn't seem to be improving due to financial circumstances not improving.
I do wonder though, just how many of those who think it a chore to begin with, will actually stay with it, due to that mindset?
Being frugal will succeed in the long term if you have a goal in mind. That goal might be paying off the mortgage, saving for a deposit on a house, paying off bills, one or more members of the household either losing a job, about to lose one or being in work which pays poorly, with no foreseeable way out. You could be saving for a wedding, retirement, moving abroad later in life etc. For some, treading lightly and leaving a lighter eco footprint is the reason. Simple living.
Some goals are short term and very achievable but those in it for the long haul, year after year after year of hard slog, can become disenchanted with the whole shebang.
We were frugal for nearly 10 years, very, very frugal. 6 of those years we had to live on war rations just to be able to eat, especially as we had a young son at the time. We are no longer in that particular position but those years were hard. Today, we are still as frugal as we need to be due to no longer working, each of us is no longer bringing in a wage. Instead we rely on a work related pension and a government one. I am years away from bringing in any pension due to changes in the rules. If the goal posts keep on changing, I may never bring one in!
We hope those lean years, gave our son an incite into how not to waste money now they are on good wages. The seed was sown back then but only they can water and nourish it and aim for a comfortable life with savings to back them up in emergencies. They are treading a different road to us, so they should, life is different now and will be different in the future.
So to anyone beginning a frugal more simple journey, get your mindset right. Don't think of it as a chore from the beginning, but more an adventure into the unknown. Doing so, might just give you a chance to succeed and that is all everyone needs in life isn't it?