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Old 04-07-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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There are things in life that require spending money to experience, travel for instance.
Yes, but there are different ways to travel. Two people can see the same countries, the same sites, the same museums, and spend a vastly different amount of money to do so
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Old 04-07-2017, 11:15 AM
 
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I like the idea of my money going to better things. If I need a dining table I could go to pottery barn and buy a $1500 set or I could head to the local auction house and get one for $100 and have a story. That $1,400 saved if invested would be worth an extra $20,000 when I'm ready to retire. I'd rather $20,000 extra at retirement rather than a more expensive dining table today.

My main focus on being frugal or saving money is so my family can become more financially secure faster. I honestly do not feel like I'm giving up things or sacrificing. I drive a nice used Hyundai, and when I see the guy driving the BMW I don't wish I had it, I actually feel bad for him that he feels he needs to drive it. I'm sure 1 in 10 people can actually afford that car and are already completely financially stable, but for the rest I'm sure it is a status symbol keeping up with the Jones and I'm probably in a better financial situation then they are.
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Old 04-08-2017, 05:34 PM
 
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I'm frugal because I am planning to open up a money market account before the year over and determined to spend money wisely.
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Old 04-12-2017, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I like the idea of my money going to better things. If I need a dining table I could go to pottery barn and buy a $1500 set or I could head to the local auction house and get one for $100 and have a story. That $1,400 saved if invested would be worth an extra $20,000 when I'm ready to retire. I'd rather $20,000 extra at retirement rather than a more expensive dining table today.

My main focus on being frugal or saving money is so my family can become more financially secure faster. I honestly do not feel like I'm giving up things or sacrificing. I drive a nice used Hyundai, and when I see the guy driving the BMW I don't wish I had it, I actually feel bad for him that he feels he needs to drive it. I'm sure 1 in 10 people can actually afford that car and are already completely financially stable, but for the rest I'm sure it is a status symbol keeping up with the Jones and I'm probably in a better financial situation then they are.

I have always been frugal out of simple necessity. I've never made a lot of money, skated along poverty lines for a looong time, but all my needs were taken care of. At this point in my life I don't have to be quite as frugal as in the past but old habits die hard. I don't have a lot but I think I'm in better financial shape than most of the people I know. I don't envy anyone who has things I don't. If I really want them I'll have them but not at the cost of my security and well being. And most things I don't care about that much anyway.


I have rarely ever been able to afford brand new things, like furniture, but I've furnished many an apt. and home from thrift stores and, yep, auctions. Fun times, those! Somehow everything fits and goes together nicely but I really take my time trying to find exactly what I want. After two years I'm still, slowly, getting my house together but it's getting there.
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Old 04-12-2017, 03:29 PM
 
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Too rebellious to buy into the never-ending cycle of spending, debt, etc. That's just what The Man wants you to do, so you stay always malleable.
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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There are things in life that require spending money to experience, travel for instance.
My career included a lot of travel.

We had the opportunity to live and own a home in Scotland for a few years. That was a lot of fun.

We lived in Italy a few years. That allowed us to play the tourist all around the Med.

We have had homes up and down the East Coast and West.

Now as retirees we are okay to sit out the travel a while.
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Old 04-12-2017, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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I like the idea of my money going to better things. If I need a dining table I could go to pottery barn and buy a $1500 set or I could head to the local auction house and get one for $100 and have a story. That $1,400 saved if invested would be worth an extra $20,000 when I'm ready to retire. I'd rather $20,000 extra at retirement rather than a more expensive dining table today.

My main focus on being frugal or saving money is so my family can become more financially secure faster. I honestly do not feel like I'm giving up things or sacrificing. I drive a nice used Hyundai, and when I see the guy driving the BMW I don't wish I had it, I actually feel bad for him that he feels he needs to drive it. I'm sure 1 in 10 people can actually afford that car and are already completely financially stable, but for the rest I'm sure it is a status symbol keeping up with the Jones and I'm probably in a better financial situation then they are.


I aint gonna lie. I am a poser. I was thinking of trading in my maxima that has barely 36000 miles on it plus additional cash to buy a used beamer that's probably older and more miles. And i know that beamers have a tendency to break down, just like most european cars. Also, i know the maintenance is really expense, yet, i still wanted one; didn't need one, but i wanted one. But then I look at my cars and I'm very happy with them even though they don't carry the luxury brands.
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Old 04-16-2017, 07:09 AM
 
Location: The World
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I have a few reasons. My family was poor for a good part of my life, and my now-husband and I went through a really rough spell not long after we got together. I make a good income now but never want to be back in those situations. Plus, I like to spend money on things like traveling (although we do travel relatively frugally, we do travel quite a bit and do splurge sometimes on vacation), so I like to save on other things like day-to-day expenses.
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