According to Tao Te Ching, There is no crime as great as having too many desires; no greater disaster as learning not to be happy and no worse misfortune than giving in to greed. Greed is what kills a person. That overwhelming desire to spend without putting into consideration tomorrow’s obligations is what should give everyone the urge to save. Remember that without frugality, you will never save.
One of the best tactics to bring a disorderly life under control is learning to be content, however little or much you have. Contentment is to feel happy and at peace with what you have, knowing that you can do something to improve the situation in which you find yourself through effort and discipline.
Frugality demands that we accept contentment, albeit our overwhelming desires. You should willingly embrace a culture of savings even when you feel your life isn’t perfect or does not completely satisfy a desire, illusion or need.
The characteristics of a person in contentment
- Patient: He or she knows that time and effort will yield fruit. They know that it is good to wait for things that are worthwhile.
- Tenacious: He or she doesn’t allow small battles to defeat him or her.
- Endeavour, knows he or she has to work hard to achieve or change their situation.
- Confident, because he or she is not easily influenced by the media, magazines or fads. He knows his value depends on what is, not what he has.
- Reviews himself, because he understands the difference between wants and needs, and acts accordingly.
- Thrifty, which when accompanied with patience can yield a person sound finances. It means saving up a lot in order to meet that need, rather than buying now and regretting later.
- Grateful, because instead of lamenting what he or she doesn’t have not, he or she appreciates what they have.
- Happy, because even in the most difficult situations, he or she has reasons to smile.
- Comfortable, the above results in a life free from physical and emotional illnesses.
A frugal person doesn’t jump into the bandwagon of excessive consumerism. He or she accepts that they can not have everything they want and that being frugal is one of the best strategies for healthy personal finances. He believes that living according to his means is the best tactic to live between abundance and scarcity, i.e. in contentment.
Advantages of living a frugal life
There are many reasons to live frugally even when you don’t have to. As already discussed above, contentment is an attitude. However, contentment also requires resources in their abundance. A frugal life encourages the habit of saving in order to finance the future and live contentedly. You can achieve that through being a contented minimalist. A few ideas that will propel you include building a minimalist wardrobe, doing everything yourself and not paying for someone to do it, avoiding all forms of luxury, avoiding the use of credit cards and spending less that you earn. Frugality keeps you safe from debts and ensures you secure a future full of happiness.