My frugal friend Marta recently sent me this story on CNN. The story details how more and more people are adopting a frugal lifestyle and are proud of that decision.
My favorite part of the article is the quote from Annette Economides. She said, “It’s not about sacrifices, it’s about priorities.”
Economides knows what she’s talking about. She and her husband Steve are known as “America’s Cheapest Family.” Their book, which bears the same title, talks about how they save money on everything from groceries to car insurance.
Living the life you want is all about choices. You can choose to eat out every night and carry a balance on your credit card. Or you can choose to eat at home and pay off your debts. You can say your family has to have two incomes to survive, or you can examine your finances and make changes that allow one of you to stay home with your kids.
I’m proud of the choices I’ve made with money. I think of how many times people teased me about my frugal ways, but now, the media LOVES all of us cheapskates. People realize that as the economy goes sour, we cheapskates know how to survive.