Does being Frugal make you a better person?


#1

Hey team #xinja

As part of my journey into frugality, I’ve come to a point where I’m questioning its effect on your general happiness.

Do you think that being frugal extends into being a better/happier person?

Why/why not?


#2

Couple of observations.

Sometimes frugality is because of necessity. I save money, at least partly, because of the need to provide long-term for a sick partner. In this case, frugality is not necessarily experienced as happiness, but a sense of doing ‘the right thing’.

Frugality (in my experience) does lead you to focus on finding happiness and meaning in things that aren’t expensive. For example, I find meaning in my work (which i get paid for), gardening (which can be done relatively cheaply) and playing guitar. I imagine frugality is easier for someone like me who isn’t particularly interested in socialising (which can be very expensive).

Frugality can also be rewarding if you invest the money that you save, and experience the possibility of someday being able to live on those investments.

Just a couple of thoughts.


#3

This is fantastic, thank you so much!

Frugality (in my experience) does lead you to focus on finding happiness and meaning in things that aren’t expensive. For example, I find meaning in my work (which i get paid for), gardening (which can be done relatively cheaply) and playing guitar. I imagine frugality is easier for someone like me who isn’t particularly interested in socialising (which can be very expensive).


#4

Wow, I would never have said any of that, but I agree 100%. I’m a very frugal person, and In my case being frugal leads to invention using what I have.

That generally makes me happy even when my invention is a failure. :joy:

What’s the point in being miserable anyway?

Not that being broke means you have to be unhappy. Some of the best times of my life happened when I had 16c in the bank :thinking: