At some point, many of us will doubt whether our frugal lifestyles are really worth it. At times, we might question our ways when our friends buy expensive luxuries. Other times, it could happen when we wonder whether our budget spreadsheet is too empty. It doesn’t really matter how often we try to assure ourselves because those pep talk seldom work. If you ever wonder whether being frugal is right for you, here’s an idea.
The Greener Grass on the Other Side
As the saying goes, the grass is always greener on the other side. It could be another job, it could be someone’s perceived wealth, and it could be the alternatives to frugal living. Most of the time, it’s hard to figure out unless we go down the other path but in the case of frugality, the solution might be to just try the alternative.
Hold on right there. Let me explain before you go out to buy everything you ever wanted.
The Mini Adventure to the Unknown
I got this idea while I was on my golf trip. Unlike my daily schedule where my wallet seldom leaves my pocket, I found myself constantly reaching and opening the sacred vault during the last few days. Golf, lunch, dinner, drinks, golf again… you get the idea. The expenses were well within the planned limits, but it certainly got me to think about spending quite a bit. It gave me a glimpse of what it was like to spend like some of my less responsible friends. Swinging by Starbucks in the morning, going out for lunch, buying the occasional gadgets and rounding up the credit card happy day by enjoying a nice dinner.
Just a taste of that kind of life was enough for me to know that it’s not for me. It was actually quite tiring to pull out the credit card and get cash all the time. (It’s one thing to reach for the credit card all the time, but it’s another thing to be in a small town trying to find the ATM when you run out of cash.) I didn’t need to spend money to reassure myself that I’m in control. After my trip, I was even more sure that I was on the right path (of frugal living).
How You Can Try it Too
Next time when you are tired of being frugal, plan a mini spending spree. If anything, you can find out what it’s like and can even give you a break from the anxiety of not trying any alternatives. If you regularly spend money while being frugal most of the time, you may find that you won’t have the need to spend excessively. Just set a limit and don’t go overboard.
The way I see it, this is like paying for foundations when you build a house. Sure, it’s quite expensive but having a solid footing is what keeps the house from collapsing.