Falling Off The Frugal Wagon

Lately I’ve felt like I’ve fallen off the frugal wagon somewhat. Since the beginning of the month I’ve felt a little off my game when it comes to frugality, money saving and money making so I thought I would share with you the reasons why and what I intend to do about it.

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I think the word ‘frugal’ means different things to different people, for my family it means saving money on the everyday necessities so we can afford for me to stay at home with the children and still have money to spend on the things that are important to us like days out, special occasions and home improvement.

For our family to survive and thrive on just one income means that being frugal is necessary, it’s a life long learning process and sometimes I can be a little hard on myself and feel like a total failure if we wander slightly off the frugal path and I think that’s what’s happened lately.

Here’s a few things that have happened this month that I feel have caused my tumble off the frugal wagon,

  • We have overspent every week on the grocery budget
  • I’ve let coupons and vouchers expire instead of using them
  • We’ve used the credit card to buy a new tumble dryer (ouch)
  • We’ve spent way too much money on junk food
  • We failed to cancel some free trial offers leading to unexpected expenses
  • We haven’t paid much extra money off our credit card debt
  • We’ve passed up opportunities to earn a little extra cash (so unmotivated)
  • I’ve let food go to waste

You might look at the list above and think it’s insignificant or you may even think it’s terrible for someone who writes a blog about living frugally but I think it’s important to be honest and show you that I’m human and that we make mistakes and become unmotivated sometimes.

Writing it all down here helps to hold us accountable, to write our mistakes down in black and white and to make a plan for moving forward.

I’ve made a list of all the areas I feel that we are  failing in and one by one I’m going to address them this week, I’m going back to frugal basics and I’m going to put everything I’ve learned back into action.

I’m going to remind myself that like with all things in life it’s the journey that’s most important and not the destination, we won’t ever give up on our dreams of financial freedom no matter how long that might take.

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Do you ever feel like this ? what have you done to re-motivate yourself to meet your goals ? leave me  a comment below I love hearing from you.

Angela xx

 

2 Comments

  1. March 28, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Yes I feel like this, the last couple of months I haven’t saved much at all! I bought so much stuff to make gifts it would’ve been cheaper to buy eggs! I’ve had more than 3 take always in 2 months *blushes* I’ve used the dryer on a sunny day, forgot a bill but then we had the vets which cost 7.50 more than we budgeted, the school charity and trips money and I owe my window cleaner £6 sorry but he’s got to go as I keep forgetting!
    It’s hard this frugal stuff but as you say it’s s journey so stop calling yourself a failure get back on the path and follow the frugal directions 😉

    • March 28, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks Hannah, It’s good to know it’s not just me, the schools are always springing things at last minute which is so hard when you are trying to budget, we’ll both get there in the end x

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