Most of us know that living a frugal lifestyle the best thing we could do for our family and our financial future, but let’s be real. Living frugally all of the time can be exhausting. The constant struggle to save money can be mentally taxing and even physically taxing sometimes. If you’re currently tired of being frugal, don’t be ashamed or frustrated. It happens to all of us. Here’s what to do when you’re too tired to be frugal.
1. Take a walk down memory lane.
You are living a frugal lifestyle for a reason. Whatever that reason may be, when you’re tired of being frugal, remind yourself of that reason. Remembering why you’re saving money and living tighter than the vast majority of society can help you to get your second wind just when you need it the most.
2. Take a break.
Chances are good that if you’ve been living frugally for a bit, you’ve got a decent food stockpile built up and hopefully some money saved in the bank. If that is the case, take what is probably a much needed break. If you’re worried about walking completely away from trying to save, take a break in the area that you can afford it the most. If you have a one year stockpile built up, take a few weeks and stop stockpiling. Even cutting what you’re doing for a few weeks can give you the strength you need to continue.
3. Look at your progress.
Whether you’ve been working on saving actual cash, building a stockpile big enough to feed an army, or just cutting your monthly expenses, take a look at everything that you have accomplished since you started working on it. Yes, there may be things that you haven’t done, but instead of putting your focus on what still needs done, take a look at what already is.
Frugality as a whole isn’t hard and living a frugal lifestyle isn’t either, but either way, when you’ve been doing something for months or even years, you can easily get tired of it. By using the three tips above, you can help cut down on that boredom or exhaustion so that you can easily keep your eye on the prize.