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Frugal Friday: Frugality and Self-Care

Photo c/o Death to Stock Photos

Photo c/o Death to Stock Photos

When trying to save money it’s oh-so-easy to forget about also saving your damn mind. I know I’m not the only nutter who feels like “SAVE ALL THE MONEY!” one day and totally burned out the next. During times of high stress and pressure (that in my case is mostly self-imposed) it’s hard to remember that you need to not only take care of your bank account, but also you need to take care of yourself.

Sometimes that might mean giving yourself small rewards like a walk after a long meeting. Other times it might mean giving yourself a manicure or investing in a massage. For me, it means reading just for pleasure. I checked out Amy Poehler’s Yes Please* and can’t wait to dive in this weekend. It also means eating better. On Sunday I’m going to start Whole30. I’ve been reading It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.* And I hope that the habit of eating mostly veggies and protein will give me the energy I need to push through a big work project.

What are your favorite ways to practice self-care? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Maybe I’ll even publish them in a future post!

love,
melanie

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Frugal Friday: Overcoming Frugal Resistance

Photo c/o Death to Stock Photos

Photo c/o Death to Stock Photos

I’ve been feeling a bit out-of-sorts with the Frugal Friday posts. I have the best of intentions to write a post for each Friday, but lately I’ve been a little out of it. I feel excited about other things and other projects AND OMG it’s almost the holiday season.

But my $100 Holiday Challenge has been helpful to snap me back into the frugal writing mindset. I haven’t been spending recklessly, but I haven’t been saving as much as I could either.

This week in the Link Love post, I linked to an article from Alexandra Franzen about getting through resistance and taking action. (I’m linking to it again, because it’s that good.) She writes, “The best way to get through resistance is to give the situation a whole new description, title, label… or name. A “name” that represents the essence of the experience.”

And just like resistance in all aspects of life, resistance in frugality needs to be named. We need to take back the painful phrases associated with saving money and change them into positive ones. Instead of saying “I only have $100 to spend on Christmas gifts,” (and how the hell am I going to do this?!) I’m calling it the $100 Holiday Challenge. It’s a challenge, it’s going to be hard, but it’s going to be fun too.  I have $100 to spend on holiday gifts! I’m choosing to do this! I’m smart and frugal and I can do this!

Can you think of a time you’ve rephrased your obstacles to overcome them? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

love,
melanie

 

Frugal Friday: Finding What Works for You

Living in a trailer works for us, but it won't work for everyone.

Living in an Airstream trailer works for us, but it won’t work for everyone.

One of my most popular posts is “20 Weird Ways to Save Money.” It’s been pinned a ton and I get a lot of outside traffic from it. It’s also been commented on quite a bit (at least for a small blog, like mine!). And I love all the ideas and tips that people leave on that post. But you might not know that there’s some comments on the blog that you don’t see. I don’t approve comments that are rude, nasty or just plain mean.

I share money advice and frugality tips because those things have worked for me or they are just things that I find interesting. No one can do every money tip out there. We all have jobs and priorities and things that we’d just rather not do. It’s not because we’re lazy, it’s because we just have different priories. If you just can’t stop using paper products because it makes your life easier than by all means, keep using them and save money elsewhere. I know I can’t stop using t.p.! It’s where I draw the line.

Your own brand of frugality is a personal choice. What works for some rando blogger on the Internet (including myself) might not work for you. Find what frugal tips do work for you, personally, and use them. Save money in your own way. Keep a blog and share your advice, but don’t ever judge someone for saving money differently than you. You do you, baby girl (or boy). You do you.

Happy Friday!

love,
melanie

Frugal Friday: The Importance of DIY

nail polish I’m usually a gung-ho DIYer. I mean, we fixed up the Airstream ourselves! And you can catch me on any given night knitting, cooking or making candles. I even tried to make all my Christmas gifts last year and plan to do so again this year! But there are some things that I just plain don’t like to do. I don’t like to clean my own car and I don’t like to give myself pedicures. I just don’t like to do it. #truestory. We’re going down to truth city today, folks.

But since I started the Spending Fast (spending only $100 per month on non-necessities) I’ve had to do many chores that I would outsource before because I didn’t like to do it. I’d like to say that it hasn’t been so bad, but I still hate doing those chores. I’m putting those things in the same category as working out— something I don’t like to do, but I have to do. (Both are in the same category as stuff that isn’t so bad once you start doing it.)

Even though I hate it, when trying to save money, DIY is at the utmost importance. There are some things I’d never DIY, like electrical stuff (it’s too scary and dangerous!), but if I can do it and feel safe doing it, I will. DIY not only saves me money, it also teaches me a new skill. DIY is empowering. Saving money is empowering.

DIY has totally changed my life. How has DIY changed your’s? Let me know in the comments.

love,
melanie

Frugal Friday: When Impatience Pays Off

Airstream and fire pit copy Impatience when it comes to frugality is usually bad. Impulse buying that 5th lint roller, 2 packs of gum and a copy of US Weekly while waiting in line at Target is not so great on the wallet. But impatience has also paid off for me. I’m impatient to live life. I don’t want to spend 20 years paying off a mortgage. I want to live debt-free now. I don’t want to wait until I retire to travel, I want to travel now. Impatience has made me question my values and my life goals. It’s made me realize that the “expected” (a mortgage, 3 kids, retirement in your 60’s) doesn’t have to be so cut and dry. You can live in an Airstream, like I do. You can retire before 40, like this guy did. There’s so much life to live if you’re impatient with the big things and patient with the small.

love and happy Friday!

melanie

Frugal Friday: Dogs on the Cheap

Bambi
I know that getting a dog was not the most financially responsible thing to do when I am trying to save for a house. I’ll be the first to admit that. But damn it, that little girl makes my life so much better. It is a true joy to see her smiling face when I come home from work. I don’t think anyone (human or animal) has been that excited to see me. Ever.

But I know that yes, dogs can be expensive. I’m trying to keep the costs of our new baby low by only investing in the “needs.” I bought her a nice collar and leash since those items will be used often. But I’ve skimped on toys and a bed. We bought her one toy from the Dollar Store. She doesn’t even like it. Instead she prefers a knotted up, old towel. We also didn’t invest in a bed. She loves to burrow so she sleeps on an old blanket and covers up with a towel. She couldn’t be happier.

She doesn’t eat out of a fancy bowl either, just one of the bowls we already had around the house. We did buy her a slightly more upscale brand of dog food that is made without any wheat since she had bathroom issues. But overall,  we’ve been trying to express our love in cuddles, not in things.

How do you keep your animals and still stay frugal? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie