Do you think that being a Frugaler is normal? It obviously is a bit abnormal in the American society. Although, with recent economic news, I think that it’s becoming more popular. But normal? I really don’t think so.
Sometimes, we look at the world through the personal finance bloggers perspective. We see all the other personal finance bloggers we know and read and we get used to thinking that those people, along with ourselves, are the norm. In essence, we are missing the forest for the trees. Being a Frugaler is far from normal.
Every day, we Frugalers, task ourselves with finding new and exciting (well, maybe not exciting) ways to spend less money. At the same time, we try and find ways to make more money. We hope that the net effect is that we not only have money to pay the bills, but that we have some to save for a rainy day and, maybe, even retirement. We daren’t say it, but some of us even think about “early” retirement. And, if you peer no farther than our little realm of the blogosphere, you would think that the whole country does nothing but count pennies and do personal accounting.
I don’t think you would find too many PF bloggers who would argue against more people becoming Frugalers. In fact, that is the purpose of a vast majority of the PF blogs that exist. On any given day, you’ll find articles on “best way(s) to save on groceries”, “way(s) to cut utility bills”, and the list goes on. We exist to talk, share, and teach this stuff.
Being a Frugaler may not be normal, but we’re working on it.