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Hello all -- this is my first blog, so please bear with me. Over the past year, I've made the switch to an extremely frugal lifestyle in order to pay off my student loans. I have found that I don't mind cutting corners and have even enjoyed finding cheaper alternatives. What does seem to frustrate me is trying to explain to concerned friends and family why I'm not spending money on things I used to do (i.e. eating out, going to movies, weekends at the coast, etc). Many of them act like I've joined some weird non-money spending cult! I know and understand that they're concerned about me, but I wish I knew more people who were in the same boat. I think that's why I enjoy this website so much -- its reassuring to know that other people, besides my husband and I, are committed to living a frugal lifestyle. Thanks for the vent![/FONT]

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  1. wilbe95's Avatar
    You are not alone. I agree with you it is reassuring that you are not the only one who is trying to be frugal. I have gotten to where I don't mention it much to others about making my own soap, cooking from scratch, etc. They just don't seem to understand. Your among friends here, . Before long they will be coming to you asking for help.
  2. blndemom23's Avatar
    Luckily, a few of my friends are in the same boat as we are and are tightening the wallet strings as well. I've found that it's easier to save money when you distinguish between two things...knowing what we only want and knowing what we really need. Sure, I would love to go out to dinner with the family, but seeing as there are 5 of us and it would cost probably about $60 for us all to eat out, I opt to cook at home. It would be great to take the kids to the movies, but theater is expensive too and why go to the movies when we can rent it a couple months later for $4! We don't NEED to eat out and we don't NEED to go to the movies. Is this making sense??? lol, I feel like I'm talking in circles, LMFAO.
  3. payingoffgradschool's Avatar
    I like the distinction between a want and a need. It helps me to see that while I WANT to go to the beach with my friends, I NEED to pay off grad school. Wilbe, I laughed outloud when you mentioned not telling people that you make your own soap! I totally get that -- I try not to tell people that my husband hoards hotel shampoo and soap for us while on business trips so we don't have to buy any.
    Thanks to both of you for the back-up; its great to know that I'm not alone.
  4. beansthemama's Avatar
    No you are not alone. With the economy the way it is I think a lot of Americans are looking for better ways to not only live, but to spend their HARD earned money. We got your back!
    God Bless sweetie!