Is Being Frugal Always Being Different?
Last weekend I spent time at my best friend’s house, celebrating her daughter’s third birthday. It’s always funny- every time I’m away from home I realize just how differently Mr. Money and I live our lives. I was helping my friend clean the house and noticed how all the cleaning products she used were commercial, the laundry detergent was store bought, and she used her dryer to dry clothes. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with any of that because it works for her, and that’s all that matters.
I just couldn’t help but feel how different our lives were. It’s really cool when I can share my frugality and greenness with people and they don’t make fun of me. A lot of the time I shy away from sharing things with people because I’m afraid they’re going to think it’s silly to do __. I’ve decided that it’s my life, and as long as myself and Mr. Money are happy, that’s all that matters. Who cares if I don’t use shampoo and I use cloth toilet paper? I like it and that’s that.
It seems like doing frugal things is being different from the crowd. We tend to consume less, recycle more, and live simpler lives. We find joy in the small things and stop charging up crazy credit card balances and are content with what we already have. It’s not that we’re any better than anyone else, we’re just different.
Do you think being frugal is always being different? Will being frugal ever become the norm?