Frugal living- the good...the bad...and the lonely?
Hi. I'm going to put in my two cents' worth about frugal living.
Recently, due to hitting a wall with my overly indulgent lifestyle, I've had to reign myself in and start living more frugally.
So, I started off by doing a one month spending freeze from mid-February to mid -March. I did pretty well with it, and it got my finances onto a much better path, but here's the deal: It was boring....and lonely...It felt very isolating. I actually went through some really rough patches because of the new lifestyle.
Financially, it's been getting much better, and that's really exciting, so I've been looking for a way to make this new frugal lifestyle sustainable for the long run. I've found some good ideas to keep me feeling like I'm still living a life....
Free computer classes at the library. I'm talking about Wordpress, HTML, etc.
Free books, music, and videos from the library.
I'd like to become more involved with the meetup groups- the ones that don't require you to spend money to participate...
The couponing thing is kind of a fun little challenge. I mostly just do the self care items, as most of the food choices are not things I would normally eat.
Anyhow, what I'd like to know is, has anyone else experienced the lifestyle shock that I'm experiencing, and how did you deal with it, and stick to your frugal plan?
How long did it take to get used to your new lifestyle? And is it rewarding enough to make you feel like you can stick with it for the long run?