What does it mean to be frugal? And what does it mean to be poor?
Although I think about these words often, and define them in my head, I realize I’ve not yet shared this on the blog.
In this post, I want to outline the definitions of the words “poor” and “frugal”, just as a starting point. Then I will share what these words mean to me and open the post up for discussion.
So if you have any thoughts or stories to share, please do so ☺
According to dictionary.com, a frugal person is one who is “economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful”.
A poor person, by contrast will have “little or no money, goods or other means of support”.
My thoughts on being poor
Poverty is a complicated issue. On the surface, it seems an easy fix. Work hard, get money and improve your standard of living.
Some people only have seasons of struggle. Some have a lifetime. There is no easy fix for that. But please understand that if you are in a difficult time in your life, there is hope and you can, you can move past it.
I think the bottom line is that no one really wants to be poor and struggling, but it is possible to get out of it. Usually this takes some clear thinking, a good work ethic and help from others to accomplish.
My thoughts on being frugal
I think that most people would agree that people are not poor by choice. Some choices may lead to poverty, but people largely do not wish to place themselves in that uncomfortable place.
However, frugality is a choice. It is a way of life. It is essentially saying, “Hey, I make x, and I don’t want to spend all of x, so I will save where I can”.
Frugal people, in my eyes are people who live as if they have less, so that they can have more in the future.
One way to save is to learn ways to slash your grocery budget. I’ve educated myself on this topic a bit and I enjoy passing on little bits of what I’ve learned to you guys.
((Are you up for a new series on saving money on groceries? I may have one in the works 😉😉))
So let me ask…what does being frugal mean to you? Does a certain picture come to mind? What does the word poverty mean to you? Where do you think the line is between poor and frugal? Would you consider yourself a frugal person?