Have you decided to get more frugal with your lifestyle recently? Being more intentional with your spending is a great habit to get into, but when you’ve spent the past few years without any real accountability on your saving habits, it can be difficult to know where exactly to get started. Today, I’m covering frugal living for beginners, with some of my best easy changes to get you started.
If you’re a regular on the blog, you’ll know that frugal living and minimalism are two lifestyle changes that I’m all about. After traveling the world for a year with just a carry-on bag, I’ve come to love the idea of spending my money only on the things that make me truly happy. Prioritising the things I want in life, and adjusting my spending accordingly, has allowed me to save more money, shape my career around my biggest passions, and helped me understand exactly what I want to do with my money.
If you are just getting into frugal living, you might be wondering exactly how being frugal has helped me achieve all of this. Well, I find that’s because people often confuse being frugal with being cheap. It’s not. I define frugal living as spending smarter. Frugal living is about spending your money only on the things that truly bring value to your life – and therefore reducing mindless spending on material things that do nothing for you.
Sounds pretty good, right?
Frugal living for beginners is easy, too. There are so many simple changes you can make today to help bring awareness into your spending, and most importantly, help you start saving money and living happier from day one.
My best tips for frugal living for beginners:
1. Be Clear About Your Goals
I became interested in frugal living and minimalism when I decided I want to have a location independent business that allowed me to live wherever I wanted. Minimalist travel, by the way, is definitely the way forward. Having this goal allowed me to clear the clutter in my life and adjust my spending so I had savings to travel and live the life I wanted.