The Fight for Frugalness
Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Green Swan. We will continue with the frugal theme and topic from recent posts, Frugality: The Green Swan and Frugalwoods and The Frugal Millionaire. Today’s post will talk about why it is important to keep up the fight for frugalness, recognizing we are never perfect and there are always setbacks.
The Constant Fight for Frugalness
The fight for frugalness is never ending. Why? Because just when you think you made a win, there always seems to be a setback right around the corner. You know what I’m talking about, you find an unexpected way of making or saving a hundred bucks, but then the next week you get a speeding ticket and you kiss it goodbye. I’m reminded of this frequently throughout my daily life experiences. And while it may be tough and discouraging to depart with $100 for what seems like random and unlucky circumstances, I always try to remind myself that it is alright because of the $100 I work hard to save elsewhere.
Money comes and goes. Sometimes it seems like it only “goes” out, which is why it is so important to keep the fight for frugalness going to help save some money here and there. We can’t always save every penny we want to, but that is no excuse not to keep trying.
A Recent Win
As I discussed in my prior post, Lucy and I are expecting again! Kids are no cheap endeavor, but they don’t have to break the bank. One of the more costly line items for kids is clothing which we have always been focused on minimizing. Especially at a young age…they don’t care if they are wearing hand-me-downs or pre-owned clothing! So we basically do all our clothes shopping at the nearby consignment shop. Not only do they have clothes, but also various baby accessories like cribs and strollers as well as toys and books. It’s absolutely great and can basically be a one-stop shop.
Just a few weeks ago we did a routine shopping trip to the store to stock up on cold weather clothes for the upcoming winter. We’ve always had good luck finding decent clothes that aren’t too worn and they don’t really look much different than any clothes you own and wash a few times anyway. Instead of paying ~$20-$30 per outfit or more for brand new clothes, we are buying outfits for well under $10 and as little as $5.
This trip was an especially good one because we stumbled on none other than a bunch of clothes with their original tags still! They had never been worn, and they were really nice and expensive clothes…check them out!
These nice Nike and Jordan pants and jackets have original price tags on them for $38, $30, $35, $35 and $58 (from left to right) and we got them along with a number of other items of clothing (probably 7-10 additional items) all for ~$85. In the picture alone is $200 of merchandise…what a score! And aren’t those Jordan pants and jacket the best?! That, my friends, is a pretty big “frugal win” right there. Put one on the board for the good guys!
A Recent Setback
But as with all things, life happens and there always seems to be a setback around the corner. Earlier in the summer we had our experience of when bad things happen in threes. Those were a few expensive encounters. So what is it now? Hopefully nothing else too big…
Well how about a replacement pair of dress shoes for my wife after I broke the strap on her last pair dancing like a fool at my brother’s wedding in early September? Or the random infection I got in two different spots on my left leg (from a bug bite maybe…?) and the ensuring visit to the clinic and various antibiotics and creams to help it ($150 expense all-in)? Or the second time I busted my iPhone screen? All normal, albeit random, expenses…the fight for frugalness continues!
Side story I have to share…while at the clinic for the infection, the nurse practitioner said the antibiotics may cause me to experience “loose bowel movements” so would recommend I grab some probiotics. I asked her if she could help grab the right ones of the shelf…and of course when she finds them she loudly pronounced in a fairly busy CVS “this should help you with your diarrhea”…Lady, are you for real going to call me out like that in the store! I don’t have diarrhea…I simply may get it from the drugs you’re prescribing me…come on! Clearly there was no way to downplay that embarrassing experience, so I kept my head down and quickly checked out. Thanks again, lady! Hope you don’t catch my infection and end up needing to get yourself some probiotics…
Anyway, there are always minor victories and minor defeats we experience on any given day. What will it be next week or next month? Who knows, but life happens and we have to expect the unexpected. That is in part what fuels me to continue to exercise my unusual yet resourceful frugalness. A victory here and there helps offset the setbacks and keeps us motoring on toward financial independence (FI). And the big and enduring wins can help propel us even quicker.
The fight for frugalness shall continue!
Feel free to share some recent frugal wins or setbacks you’ve had lately in the comments below.
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