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  1. Mrs. Adventure Rich

    Frugality (and many of the habits above) have brought a level of freedom and joy to our family that would not be here if we were in a more “consumeristic cycle”. We get creative, enjoy the small/simple things in life, and have a lot of fun along the way!

    • Laurie

      I love that!!! Yes, I always viewed frugality as a sort of deprivation. Now I see it for the wonderful avenue to fulfilled dreams that it is. 🙂

  2. Mom of 3 men

    Raising 3 sons, I had to be frugal if I was to be able to pay for lessons, sports, camp, etc. They needed to be busy for their personal development and to distract from sibling rivalry. I used coupons, reused, handed down, shopped yard sales and then had my own. I grew trees that produced food, served tofu before it was popular, did my own pest control and yard work, washed my car, bundled errands, became heavily involved in our church activities, packed lunches, and traveled by car.

    • Laurie

      These are all wonderful tips! DIY repair and maintenance is big, in my opinion. We’ve saved tens of thousands of dollars by doing our own pest control, repairs, remodels, etc. Thanks for weighing in!

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