Why I Decided that I Should Live Frugally




Living a frugal life is not easy.This is the very reason why I decided to blog about it so that I can keep track of my progress.For people like me who can’t resist the temptation in spending money every time something comes to fancy – living frugally can be very difficult to achieve.But, I will try my best to get my long term goals and will restrain myself from falling back to the old me.

Going back to the title of this post, there are several life-changing reasons why I decided to live frugally.Not just to save money and resources, but also to save myself from relying on anyone mentally, physically, and emotionally.

To Save Myself from Emotional Disasters and Meltdowns

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Frugal living for me doesn’t just involve saving money and the like.For me, it is a lifestyle that helps a person become stronger when it comes to dealing with his or her emotions and relationships.Being frugal emotionally means you know how to control your behavior and has the skills to determine when to stop investing your emotions to someone.

Frugality in terms of dealing with relationships means the ability to know which kind of people to establish bonds with.It is the skill on how to choose those ones you are comfortable with and stop hanging out with those ones that bring anxieties and depressions.In short, only hang out with people you are comfortable with – those ones whom you are confident in showing the REAL YOU.

To Become Self-Reliant and Independent

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Are you still being waked up by your mother every morning to eat breakfast? Do you still ask your husband to put the gallon of water on the dispenser?Do you still call for a computer technician to reformat your hard-drive?These are simple tasks that you can do on your own but you are too used of having someone do it for you.What will you do if one day your mom is already gone, or your husband left you, or you can’t fix your PC because there’s no technician in sight?

Self-reliance is one basic human survival skill most of us living in this modern world have already forgotten.We become more and more reliant on modern technology which becomes a great disadvantage in times of calamities and emergencies.Just imagine how you can live without electricity.

Relying on myself is something that I’ve been practicing for almost a year now.I don’t need anyone to put a gallon of water for me on top of the dispenser.I can fix minor plumbing problems.I can carry a bicycle by myself up to the 2nd floor.I cook my own meals.I pay the monthly bills on my own.I can fix my PC any time.I can carry big pails of water.These things might be mundane and ordinary, but I’m proud I can do them all by myself.

To Be Debt-Free and Achieve Financial Freedom

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Most of us Filipinos are willing to do anything just to make an impression especially during fiestas, birthdays, wedding, and any kind of parties to the point of burying ourselves in debts.Our hospitality is taking a toll on us as we are already spending beyond our means.This often results to financial instability and prods others to take on more debts to cover their other debts.This is definitely a very sad situation.

My goal is to live a debt-free life and become more financially stable before I reach 40.I don’t want to become one of those middle-aged people who are still struggling financially and are still living paycheck to paycheck.I want to enjoy my retirement years in peace, living in a small farm, feeding my chickens and goats, planting flowers and veggies…

Lastly, I don’t want to become one of those Filipino parents who are very dependent to their children.  I don’t want to become a burden to anyone, especially to my future children.I think this tradition of Filipino parents being very reliant to their off springs has in some other ways hinder them (children) to enjoy life during their younger years.

So, can you see yourself living frugally? Share your struggles and experiences by commenting below.

About the Author Empress Of Drac


Empress often finds herself either lost inside her mind or lost in beautiful scenic places. She's currently doing the things she loves while maintaining a frugal lifestyle. This blog is all about her struggles to live a frugal life, her quest to see the world via budget traveling, and her love to share to people everything that she is passionate about.

Agnes does not absolutely conform to any beliefs or philosophies. Though she's writing about frugal living and is currently embracing the minimalist lifestyle, she doesn't want to define her existence based on these realities alone. For her, life is too diverse, too colorful, too mysterious, it would be a waste of experience (and time) to imprison herself to a few sets of ideas. Google+ | Twitter

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8 Responses to Why I Decided that I Should Live Frugally

  1. mark says:

    nice one agnes 😉 early new year’s resolution? up until now, i saved nothin, financially 😉 hahah! laagan. gastador 😉 time? hmmm! i think i havent spent it wisely. lol! I SHOULD and MUST LIVE FRUGAL, TOO 😉

  2. nope…i don’t want to have any new year’s resolution, mark…been trying to keep the lifestyle for some time now. hehe..(:

  3. Jack says:

    When a person is mentally successful in controlling his or her erges to get a materialistic need fulfilled, then that person is rightfully living a frugal life. I am very much touched by the topic that you have raised in this post. This current generation will not be able to live a frugal life until they give their unnecessary wants and attitudes.

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  6. Lina says:

    Living frugally might be difficult but that is the actual way of life that one must prefer to live. Saving money is going to help us in the long run. We will not have to depend on other for a better lifestyle and future. Independence boosts our confidence which is again required to lead a good life.

  7. Lorien says:

    Although this is not an easy choice, it is a great one. Not having to depend on someone financially sets you free in a sense, and you will live the rest of your life debt free. What a great decision to make.

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