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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!