Why are you frugal?
I'm assuming that if you are reading this blog, you are the type that likes to save money or wants to learn more tips on being frugal. It seems like being frugal is the "cool" thing to do nowadays. I remember growing up in the 80's when being frugal was something to be ashamed of.....the more you spent on something, the cooler it was. (That's how it was in my neck of the woods, anyway). But now, being frugal and saving money seem to be very socially acceptable.
So, why are you frugal?
Is it to get out of debt? Is it because you have extremely limited income? Is it because you are working toward a goal? Is it because it's the cool thing to do? Is it because you get a kick out of getting the best deal?
I am frugal partly because that's how I was raised. My parents worked hard but we had very little money. So, we were frugal out of necessity. My parents had a large garden and mom froze and canned everything so that we would have food through the winter. My brothers and I wore clothes that my mom made and hand-me-downs from our cousins. Going out to eat and shopping at department stores was something that only the "rich kids" got to do. LOL. Needless to say, it is very ingrained in me to squeeze every dollar that passes through my hands.
Another reason I am frugal, is because we are climbing out of debt. We have a small mountain of business debt that we are chipping away at from a failed business. Just FYI: never start a livestock farm right before the corn prices decide to skyrocket. You won't be able to afford to feed the animals and you'll lose everything and end up with a big business debt. *sigh*
We also have an end goal in mind which keeps up pinching pennies. We live in a small town, right next to the business district, but our hearts are in the country. Once our stupid debt is gone, we will be saving up to get a place in the country where I can have a big garden, chickens, goats, etc. Yup, I'm going to be THAT funny country lady that everyone gossips about.
Once again, I ask, why are you frugal?