For the last few years I have not had a whole lot of cash to play with. Much of this was due to an overwhelming debt which is now under control via a debt management plan and the fact that I have not been earning a high monthly wage. However during this period I have lived in 3 countries and done many wonderful things, not lavishly but I have done things and I owe all of this to the frugal nature that I have acquired.
I wasn’t always a frugal being. When I was back in London (my home town) earning a high wage I would always blow it on the weekends and expensive items (By the way this is not how I got in debt, read my post Me My Debt And I for info on this). Now days I really have to think before hitting the town or buying the newest iWhatever…. But I would 100% say I am happier now. I live on far less, so I need far less. Needing less to live on greatly reduces general stress and expectation of money. Sure I would like more money but it’s not the most essential thing….. This I guess is why I am and what makes me Frugal.
Over the past few weeks we have had a guest visiting us in Sunny Cairo. My partner has been slaving away at University so the guest and I have been out and about doing touristic things and normal life duties as well. Her spending habits are what I would classify as normal in USA so having a normal spender with me has made me realise a lot of things…
I have become a tightwad!
I stand in the supermarket working out the price per gram of cheese to see which feta is cheaper, I argue with taxi drivers over 5LE ($0.85) and generally just monitor every situation when it involves money leaving my possession.