Redefining Frugal

As part of the 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge, Frugally Sustainable, asks us to redefine “frugal.”

Our level of frugality should never be measured by our ability to shop a sale, or use coupons, or penny-pinch. No, frugal living is found in the enjoyment of what we already have.

It’s learning to appreciate the physical world that surrounds us. It’s stopping the continual search for more. It’s finding value in all things.

Frugality is…

  • sharing with one another
  • living life in balance
  • finding happiness in the way things are
  • being a good steward of our time, money, earth, energy, and possessions
  • enough
  • simple living
  • nothing wasted or unused

Andrea is absolutely right. When did what we have, turn into not enough for us? I too got trapped in the desire for bigger, better, more. These last two years have allowed me to re-calibrate my thinking.  Thinking differently is what ultimately leads to contentment and happiness. Not getting more. I know that now.

Choose to be content with what you have now. Not tomorrow, not next week, now.

Travel Hacking a Trip to London

travelhacking 468 Travel Hacking a Trip to London

My husband’s best friend has been dating a lovely English woman for several years now, so we were thrilled when they announced their engagement. The wedding is being held in London in October, with an additional reception to be held here in the states.

We have been threatening to come visit in London, where our friend fiance’ lives, but the timing just hasn’t been right. Now with the wedding, and the opening of Leavesden Studios to the public (where the Harry Potter films were created), it seems like the perfect time to go.

England has a special place in my heart since I lived in York for four months during college. I’ve been dying to go back. There’s just one problem – with both of us in on again, off again employment money is tight. Thus I looked into travel hacking.

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