I was sick and tired of felling sick and tired! I needed to make the change!
If you are reading this, you must want to make some changes in life, or are at least exploring the options. You need to make “the change”. Perhaps you are just plain fed up with how things are going financially and need some help. Maybe you just want to tweak a few things to save a few dollars here or there. Maybe you are desperate, and need to make some serious financial changes in the way you live, or soon you will crack. Maybe it is just a matter of decluttering emotionally, or even physically! Maybe what you need is a way to figure out how to relax and have more quality time with your family. I totally get it! I have been in each of these situations, these feelings, wondering how in the world am I ever going to make it work? I GET IT!
What are you going to do about it? Whatever it is? How are you going to make “that difference” in life, to free yourself from your current state? YOU need to make a change, the change. You need to make a conscious decision, to change! You will need to DECIDE, and then find out your WHY’s. If you haven’t made the clear cut decision to change no matter what, and know why you
want to do it, you won’t be successful. You will get beat down somewhere along the way and want to quit, because you won’t remember the reason you started in the first place.
You see, we all go through those rough times, when we know we need to make some changes, so we go gung ho at first, and then all of a sudden life seems to smooth out a bit, the crisis is over, and we drift back to the way things were before we realized we needed to change something. Life cruises along smooth for a little while, until the next crisis, and we start “the change” process all over again, wondering why we stopped, and kicking ourselves for doing so. It is a cycle that all of us go through, to some degree or another.
You can browse through this site and pick out a few ideas of things that you can change, or that will help you make the change you need, and that’s okay too. I do this many times when I find books from the library, or a website I love. I browse through them and decide what I need from them. It’s called the Shopping Cart method. You don’t buy everything in the grocery store, you only put in your cart, what you need or want. Reading a book, or browsing a website is like that. Only take what you need or want, and leave the rest there for someone else to browse. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, if you are looking for some small changes, some small ideas to tweak your life, that is what I would suggest. Browse, and pick a few things to work on. Move forward from there.
However, the books and websites that I really want to use, to make a difference in my life, I will make a serious study of the information they offer. They become a part of my home library, and my online library. I love to have a hard copy of my favorite books for myself because I can write in it the things that worked for me, and mark the recipes or ideas that I really love. I also make sure to bookmark the sites I love. Or make sure I pin the articles I love, the ones with valuable info, or ones I want to come back later to, when I have more time to study. .
How you choose to use this information, here in this article, is up to you. Regardless of what you choose, the two things that will not change, is the decision that you will need to make about your life, and the motivators, or the why, that will keep you going when things get hard, and they will.
For me, the decision was not too hard. I knew that if I ever wanted to get out of debt, and be able to have a good life to retire with, I had to make some changes for myself and my family. I knew that we couldn’t keep going the way we were going and ever get ahead of the game of life. It wasn’t hard to make the decision, but it was hard to implement the switch. I had to rethink most meals and get away from the convenience foods. I had to really start thinking thrifty living in every decision that I made in the home, and sometimes, it was really hard to not take the easy way out and spend the money on something that would have been easier, but not cheaper. So the decision was made, I needed to change my lifestyle, and I needed to bring my family on board with me if I was going to win at this.
The motivators will be different for each of us. Different in the degree probably, but I think that
each of us all have at least one thing in common, we see the need to be smarter with our money now, so that we can have a better future. My motivators, my why’s: a good lifestyle, a healthy lifestyle, a hope for the future, a better way of life to teach my children, and a much more simple, stress free life. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I wanted to retire and finally after many, many years be a stay at home mom. I really didn’t like going out the door every morning. I needed something to change. I had grandchildren now, and I wanted to be able to be there for them while their parents were running in the rat race of life. I needed to make some changes. This website is the result of me making changes, my motivator! I also wrote a book which you can find on Amazon, but I gotta be honest with you, I am in the process of updating it. It is called The Frugal Living Guide. It is several years old, and though the principles are still the same, I am going to suggest maybe that you just hang on for a couple of weeks, and my newest edition will be available. Watch here on this site, for the news of my newest edition! I will let you know!
Journal Entry: Have you made your decision yet? What are your motivators? What is going to keep you going when the going gets tough? Take a few minutes to write them down in your frugal living journal. I guarantee you will need to look back from time to time and recall what those motivators were in the beginning. Life gets tough and kicks us down once in awhile. Motivation is what makes us get back up and go again. I can’t even tell you how many times I have been kicked down, and jumped of the thrifty wagon, only to come crawling back on my knees to find my motivators again, get back up and move forward with a vengeance. Not even kidding here. You will get kicked down. You will need your motivators to keep going. Write them down, and refer back to them often. You can download a printable thrifty living journal, one that you can create a binder with. Or look in my sidebar to the right and you can find some really nice ones on Amazon for fairly cheap. Whatever you use, just start and get it done!