• to be saving
  • avoiding waste
  • to be frugal

Recently I have experienced reduced financial circumstances.  A combination of poor decisions, unavoidable (mostly) circumstances, and betrayal by a loved one, resulted in a lack of income and a dearth of financial resources.

This morning as I was scraping together my last few coins and one dollar bills, the subject on my mind was frugality.

There are many ways to be frugal.  When you get down to the line, every tiny action counts.

Tiny Actions:

  • Eating one less cookie, one less biscuit, one less piece of cheese.  All these things add up over the course of a month.  And if you need to lose a few pounds, it’s a plus.
  • I smoke about a pack a day normally.
    • every time I get the urge to smoke, I put it off for another 10 minutes.  That’s doable, and on a pack of 20 cigarettes, adds another 200 minutes to the pack.  Also better health-wise.
  • When I leave a room, I turn off the light. simple, but easy to forget
  • not watching the TV or listening to whatever program is on the radio?  Turn it off.

There’s another side to this.  How about what we put in our minds?  Since the mind keeps all our impressions, tactile, visual, and auditory as well as our thoughts, it’s also a good idea to limit things that do not contribute to our goals.  Then that extra ‘brain power’ can be used to further our progress.