While Anton and I both work for a living, we still believe that wise spending must not be overlooked. I know that there are tons of people out there who think that a frugal way of living is associated with scarcity and cheapness; however, Anton and I believe that stretching our earnings can be an enjoyable experience. For some, living in a penny-pinching lifestyle is embarrassing, but I really don’t see any reason why these people are humiliated and won’t admit to anyone that they are keeping within their means.

For one, being frugal doesn’t equate to scarcity; as a matter of fact, we can still buy our “wants” apart from our “needs”. Our purchases are carefully taken into account to make sure that we get our money’s worth, and because we’re practicing thriftiness, we get to appreciate each and every item that we acquire.

It isn’t cheap when you’re practical, and surprisingly, you could be spending more money at first, but after a while, this is when you realize that you’re indeed saving a huge amount of cash. I always have this judgment that “you get what you pay for”, but being able to plan for our very own wedding for a year has made me realize that not all reasonably priced stuff provide poor-quality outcome. Practically all our wedding vendors had exceeded our expectations, having rates that do not come close to the amount that many popular wedding suppliers would normally charge their clients. I’m not talking about wedding preps; my point here is clearly stated: I was wrong to say that when it’s cheap, it isn’t good.

We eat more than three times each day, and we get to delight ourselves with delicious meals at home and enjoy what’s being served to us in restos from time to time. We seldom eat at posh restaurants, where people pay thousands of cash for a small quantity of food, but I am proud to say that we are never deprived of anything that we want to eat.

Being frugal allows me to show my resourcefulness and ingenuity, not to mention the fulfillment and the adventure that it gives me. I am able to produce something nice and useful without the need to spend a lot of money; hence, what’s left in our pockets are often spent on more important things, such as utilities, groceries, and occasional spending on what we call our “simple luxuries”.

It’s true that doing things on your own is time consuming. From setting up the shelves to getting the broken items fixed all by yourself, lots of time are going to be spent, but for me and Anton, nothing is more rewarding than being able to do things together. For us, it is definitely much better than working for extended hours just so we can dine at expensive restos and buy even the most unnecessary items that will only sit somewhere around the house until we can think of something where these items are going to be used. I used to be this type of person, and I remember forcing my mom to buy whatever I want, be it something I’ll be using or not. I enjoyed my childhood years so much, because I was given everything that every kid longs to have. I used to be a prima donna, but hey, I’m not getting any younger, and now is not the right time to act like a diva of all sorts. Living on our own as a newly married couple has made me realize that being practical is of the utmost importance.

We don’t have “plastics”, as what people call it, but we live within our means, which is the most important thing. I don’t know about you, but here’s my opinion: being frugal, either because you need to, or you just want to, is truly satisfying; it’s how you look at it that makes the idea positive or negative.

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10/11/2012 12:20pm

I absolutely love this post!!! Now that we're expecting a baby, Abet and I have begun to reevaluate our spending habits and work on being more frugal and practical. We're still a work in progress, but we're getting there. Papabasa ko sa kanya tong blog entry mo. :)

10/11/2012 2:55pm

Hi, Dea! We're very happy naman kahit we're practicing this kind of lifestyle. Totoo nga pala talaga na after the wedding, mas malaking gastos ang haharapin mo. lol Hindi din ako sanay sa "tipid mode" kasi ever since naman maluho talaga kame ni Anton, pero we need to buy a house of our own kasi kaya dapat maging practical muna ngayon. :)


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