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Old 04-24-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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Why do you want to be frugal?

Compared to my parents, I am by no means frugal. I just don't have that many needs. I finally bought a TV when it was on sale and was a model that's 5 years old or something.

I haven't had cable for over 15 years. I used to get cable for a month every 4 years whenever World Cup is on but since 2010, I just watch it on the Internet.

I think I just don't have the need. I can read books to be happy, and I hate buy things that would depreciate in value.

Another thing is that I want to be financially independent.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: southern california
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in a word power. when i need it its there and in cash-- no debt involved ever. u probably think this is gibberish. when the crash comes u will understand better.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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in a word power. when i need it its there and in cash-- no debt involved ever. u probably think this is gibberish. when the crash comes u will understand better.
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Believe me, I do. :-)
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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Two words: Early retirement

Other reasons: I don't want to worry about "keeping up with the joneses" and have a bunch of stuff I don't need. Material items are only good to make you feel happy at the moment of purchase, there's no lasting value. To me, the only thing that really matters is experiences. I would much rather be frugal at home and on cars and take more trips so I can have lasting memories.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Heartland of Murica
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It has a lot to do with my values as a person, our parents were frugal and always taught us that materialism is tacky and that spirituality and morals are way more important.

We were taught that happiness has nothing to do with materialism and I believe in it 100%. It is sad that so many people are brainwashed to believe that by acquiring more material goods(and getting deeper in debt), somehow, they will find happiness.

Some of the unhappiest people I have met were either, a) extremely wealthy but had a very limited understanding of spirituality and/or b) people who are middle class trying to act like they are rich until they incur so much debt and realize that they are living a lie everyday, as a result, marriages fail, families disintegrate, people commit suicide amongst other things. Sad!
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Early retirement.

But mostly, I just HATE the concept of waste. Of wasting anything.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: In a state of denial
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To be able to splurge on things I want later. To have a backup for emergencies, which always seem to come up at the most inconvenient time.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I play the opposite game of "keeping up with the Joneses". It's not that I do without--I don't. I just like to stretch a dollar as far as it will go.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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Early retirement.

But mostly, I just HATE the concept of waste. Of wasting anything.
I guess we have to define "waste". For example, if the color doesn't match in your kitchen cabinet and you spend $1000 to make it match, is that a waste?
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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I guess we have to define "waste". For example, if the color doesn't match in your kitchen cabinet and you spend $1000 to make it match, is that a waste?
I view wasting as:

- Not having solar panels
- Not having instant water heaters
- Washing dishes by hand rather than a dishwasher
- Not turning down the AC when no one is home
- Using an old tube or LCD TV rather than an LED backlit TV
- Not taking home leftovers from restaurants
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