No Frills Frugality…

No Frills Frugality

Loving what I have, and having what I love… it’s a challenging concept. There is so much that I want… so much that I need!  In reality, I have everything that I need —  food, clothing, shelter, water and clean air. Yet, daily there are reminders of all the things that I should have… bigger home, better car, latest technology, puffier lips, slimmer hips…

So, living in suburbia with a mortgage, cars, activities for the kids, vacation, weekly entertainment, and the wide array of perks to indulge in on a daily basis… How do I get to a place where I am not being over indulgent?

Honestly, I have no clue. I’m just a blogger, mom, and active participant in this over-indulgent culture.  However, through the years, I’ve learned to embrace change through baby steps. Every motion starts with a mental leaning forward… Just as every fire starts from a simple spark, change comes from just one tiny step at a time.

Here are some NO FRILLS steps I’ve taken to embrace FRUGALITY in our home…

  • Family night out at the rec center for some basketball, wallyball, swimming or cardio challenge
    (We pay for the membership anyway… might as well use it!)
  • Having a dinner plan by 2 p.m. Most days this involves simply pulling some form of protein out of the freezer and at least pondering a healthy side dish. Physically taking something out of the freezer tends to save us about $40 bucks on dinner. Not a bad walk across the kitchen…
  • Encouraging our kids to earn their own money by doing extra jobs around the house AND THEN expecting them to pay for their own entertainment. (Side note: I think being consistent on this is more challenging for me than for the kids. They love feeling empowered to own their budget.)
  • When I get the feeling that the house is getting outdated, stale, old… I do a deep clean. It’s amazing how lifting the dust invigorates our surroundings. My laptop comes in handy to watch movies while I work.  What? It’s still being productive!

YIKES! It’s 2:30 p.m.  I better go pull something outta the freezer!

What are you doing to embrace No Frills Frugality in your life?


  1. Very seldom do we go to first run movies. We try to stick to the Elvis theatre for second runners. PLus, I’m frugal enough to use the coupons on the back of King Soopers receipts for 2 for 1 tickets!

    I love your dinner plan by 2 PM. Our family takes 4 or 5 meals of protien out of the freezer and puts it in the fridge to thaw over the next few days’ worth of dinners. If the thing you wanted isn’t already thawed the first day, I have the kids take it from the fridge and put it in the sink with water to finish thawing. 🙂

    Oh, and I’ve made up a chore chart and Wednesday nights the kids make dinner! Toby loves making steak and I think he took some from the freezer on Monday, so i’ll bet that’s what we’ll be eating tonight! Woo hoo!


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