Frugality taught me:
To feign polite interest in peoples' latest gadgets.
To ignore the open-mouthed stares when I tell people I hardly ever watch TV.
To judge value based on my wants and needs, not society's.
To give many of my things away. The things collecting dust in your home could be useful to someone else.
That most people live in a state of constant fear of being different, and one result of that fear is our culture's voracious consumerism.
That many people will perceive your lifestyle choices to be a threat to their lifestyle choices, and they will project their insecurities onto you.
To accept that most people carry heavy psychological baggage about money.
That you can live on a lot less than you think--and you will actually be happier as a result.
What has frugality taught you?
This post is gratefully dedicated to Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar.
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