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Your friends might label you the cheapskate of the group and your frugal ways might be a running joke, but there’s no reason to be embarrassed by your money-conscious mindset.
A lot of people cry broke and whine about never having enough cash to get by, yet they’re not always willing to do what it takes to free up cash and save money. Being a frugal person is hard work. And if frugality doesn’t come naturally for you, resisting impulse buys can be a daily struggle, and you may go back-and-forth with whether to spend money on an item.
At the end of the day, a frugal mindset benefits your bottom line. So, while others may make you the butt of their money jokes, here’s why you’ll eventually have the last laugh.
1. This is who you are
We all have different money personalities. Some people are big spenders, whereas others hold onto a dime as if they won’t earn another. To each his own.
If you’ve been a frugal person for as long as you can remember, you don’t have to apologize for being you. Everyone has their own way of spending money. Just know that there’s a difference between frugal and cheap. Cheapness can affect the quality of your life, but frugality lets you enjoy the same qualify of life for less. Those who like to spend money might pressure you to loosen the purse strings. But if you’re not bothered by your spending habits, you don’t have to change your ways.
2. You don’t care about keeping up
If you’re committed to being frugal, chances are you don’t feel pressure to keep up with the Joneses or anyone else for that matter. We live in the age of financial peer pressure. This is a big problem in some social circles. If one friend buys a house, then the others are ready to upgrade. If someone wears designer clothes or buys expensive gadgets, then the others have to follow suit. It’s an exhausting cycle that not only reveals an impressionable mind, it keeps people broke.
If you don’t care how others spend their money, and if you’re only interested in your bank account as you should be, being frugal keeps your head out the clouds.
3. It’s a financial necessity
Others might pressure you to spend money or make comments about your frugal ways. But if you’re frugal out of necessity, there’s no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed, especially since you’re willing to sacrifice more than a lot of people.
When dealing with money problems, some people want to save face, so they don’t make adjustments to their lifestyle. They continue with old habits, even if it further complicates their situation. A frugal person, on the other hand, does whatever it takes to save money so they can keep a roof over their head, food on the table and clothes on their back.
4. You might have a bigger bank account
This isn’t a guarantee, but if you choose not to spend your extra income, you’ll probably have a bigger bank account than those who poke fun at you. So, the next time you feel ashamed or pressure to adjust your frugal mindset, look at your savings account and consider how most Americans don’t have enough in their savings to handle a small emergency.
5. You can reach your goals sooner
You might have a long list of financial goals, but without a lot of extra money, it can take years to fulfill these goals. Being frugal speeds up your progress. If you reduce spending and free up cash in your budget, you’ll have income to pay off debt, save for vacation or prepare for retirement.
6. You’re teaching your kids good money habits
Kids often mimic the money habits of their parents. Remember this the next time you start feeling embarrassed about your frugality. If you’re an irresponsible spender, your children could imitate this behavior in adulthood with long-term financial consequences. But if your kids see you pinching pennies, looking for deals, and taking advantage of other opportunities to save money, then they’ll probably develop similar good financial habits. And if your children become savvy savers, they can build a firm financial foundation with less debt than their peers and a bigger nest egg.
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