Sometimes I think life would be simpler if I wasn’t so frugal.
Don’t get me wrong. I think we are to be good stewards of our money and possessions–and by nature, I don’t think I could be not frugal even if I tried–but I have to admit… sometimes frugality complicates things!
Amy at Raising Arrows recently wrote a great post on frugality, and after reading it, I got to thinking about how frugal I am. Sometimes my frugality simplifies things…
- I do my best to not have to throw away leftovers. I always try to cook just enough food for supper to feed all of us leftovers the next day for lunch. This serves a few purposes: 1) I can send Travis to work with a hot, healthy lunch so that 2) he doesn’t have to waste money eating out, and 3) I don’t have to cook lunch for myself and the kids.
- I wash and reuse plastic baggies of all sizes. (Yes, Amy. I do it, too! :-)) And I also save the foil and saran wrap that I use for baking and storing my homemade bread. This way, I not only ward off wastefulness; but I also ensure there’s always the perfect size baggie/sheet of foil/length of saran wrap handy and waiting in the drawer.
…but other times it complicates things….
- I have a hard time getting rid of excess toys. Thanks to Abel, I recently had some success with this. Generally, though, I’m more apt to fill another storage tub or to create new spaces to house toys than I am to just get rid of them. While in one way I’m being frugal by making the most of what we have (in hopes of not “needing” to buy more), in another way I’m complicating things by keeping clutter.
- I have a hard time giving up on my old clothes. (Wait…. Is that frugality or denial??..) I don’t buy any super trendy clothing–in fact, I don’t buy much clothing, period–so I feel like the things in my closet stay wearable for a few years. (Right now I’m wearing a t-shirt from college and a pair of jeans from the Christmas before I was married which, after five years of wear, have only just now developed a hole in one knee.) Still, I wish there were some hard and fast rule as to how long an article of clothing should be allowed to remain in a woman’s closet… or how many times it should be allowed to cycle in and out of a storage tub. Can anyone help me? Because my frugality is battling with my fashion sense and with my space!
Because my frugality tends to show up more in the area of not throwing things away than in the area of buying things cheap (although I try to do that, too, when appropriate), I have to periodically do a heart check on myself–to examine my motives for hanging on to toys that don’t get played with all that much or clothes that haven’t been worn in a couple years. I have to make sure that I’m placing my security not in the amount of stuff I have available in storage but in the God who provides for all my needs.