Frugal Fatigue - Fact Or Fiction
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The buzz word around seems to be frugal fatigue. I keep coming across it on the blogs and forums. But what does it actually mean?
Basically it means that people are becoming fed up with being frugal and now want to return to their old ways of living and all that it brings debt and credit etc. But have they missed the point?
Since the beginning of the credit crunch frugality has been a hot topic, with everyone jumping on the band wagon and claiming that they are being frugal etc. But was that ever really true, I don't think so. I think there has been a big misunderstanding of what being frugal actually is and that is why these new so called converts are becoming tired of it.
Being frugal doesn't mean being tight, cheap or mean. Yes it does mean spending less but it should be done not because you are only saving money, but that it has other benefits too such being environmental, less wasteful and returning to a simpler way of life. How can you get tired of that?
The problem is that many people have simply stopped spreading so much but that in the long term can make you feel deprived and depressed. After all what's the point in being rich but miserable?
Learning to live frugally is so different and if embraced will make your life more fulfilling and enjoyable. Less debts to worry about, feel better about your efforts to live more sustainable lives with more consideration for others and I bet there will also be an overall increase in your own self esteem. That's what happened to me, I felt freed from the shackles of consumerism and live my life my way.
So I don't think frugal fatigue is real, instead I think it more likely that penny pinching fatigue is the true experience at the moment.