I think this is a conversation we need to have because I know some camps of my readers aren’t happy with my spending and some aren’t happy with what I spend my money on. And that’s fair enough, I’m not snarking or bitching in writing this post, I’m opening up a discussion. I’m putting myself out there as someone living a thrifty lifestyle and if some people think I’m not thrifty maybe we need to have a chat. So let’s talk about it in the comments, huh? Here’s my side.
I’m going to start with this question
WHAT DOES ‘THRIFTY’ MEAN TO YOU?
Let’s cut it back to the basic, the dictionary definition – from dictionary
Only joking, this isn’t school.
What does ‘thrifty’ mean to me?
To me it means making wise decisions for my family and managing our budget with good sense.
For Mr Thrifty and I (not forgetting Jarvis) living a thrifty lifestyle isn’t about going without, it isn’t about buying any old crap because it is cheap, it is about making wise decisions for our budget. For us it isn’t about denying ourselves fun, or sitting in a darkened room with only a threadbare blanket for warmth. It (and this blog in turn) is about living a modern life and making compromises so we can have some of the finer things and joys in life.
The finer things in life aren’t the only reason we do what we do. We enjoy driving our utility bills down and seeing our bank balance level out. We love reusing items before throwing them out. We enjoy buying things such as coats during the summer because we know we’ll get them for 75% off. We enjoy that smug feeling of knowing we’ve reused a wooden box as a shelf rather than slinging it to landfill. We might be out of our minds but we get a kick from this kind of behaviour
Thriftiness here at A Thrifty Mrs is never going to be about buying a piece of cheap crap just because it is cheap.
Thriftiness at A Thrifty Mrs will always be about:
1. Looking after what you already have.
2. Buying good quality – yes more often than not they’ll be cheap items but they’ll be items I consider good value for money.
3. Seeking cheaper options (including second hand) but ultimately aiming for items which will last longer and cost less in the long run.
4. Researching the items you buy.
5. Reusing before throwing away.
6. Planning your time, finances and spending patterns.
7. Considering what you really need.
8. Opting to make wise decisions throughout the year.
9. Budgeting for our circumstances.
Yes I may occasionally buy a £29.95 foundation but I don’t do it on a whim and it means I don’t go on a year long quest buying a £5 bottle of foundation every week in a bid to find perfection. I make decisions which save us money in the long run and often it takes me a while to make them. On the subject of the Nars Sheer Glow foundation which caused a bit of a stir last year – I researched that for about a month and tried out three samples before I bought it. I don’t share what I go without in order to have nice quality items – mainly because that would be a very long list nobody wants to read.
Anything of considerable value is researched to the point of insanity. Most items we buy or days out we go on are bought with the aid of discount codes or during sales. Research is a big part of thriftiness in my book, at least here at Thrifty Towers.
This blog is about sharing my version of thriftiness. Things were a lot leaner for us a few years ago when we were fresh out of university and newly weds. We had to build up our home, stock it with furniture and learn how to be wise with money. We shopped in charity shops and second hand shops a lot which we don’t seem to do as much now. Not because we don’t enjoy them but because we don’t need anything. I don’t need another tea pot, or dining room table so it wouldn’t be thrifty to buy one just because the charity shop has them knocked down to a great price. One of the main complaints I get is that I don’t do enough charity shop posts. In all honesty I sometimes go months without entering a charity shop these days, I’ll go back when I need something. Charity shopping just to have something to blog about is just about the least thrifty thing I can think of and it won’t be happening anytime soon.I realise that I’m very fortunate that thriftiness is a choice for me and for a great many others there is no choice in it whatsoever, I’ve been there. It sucks. I’ve worked my bloody fingers to the bone to try and change the way I behave in regards to money. Small changes matter, they really do. I do try to help but I can’t always suit each and every person’s prescribed way of living and their exact budget, there aren’t enough hours in a day year.