Doing What's Best for YOU

by Marcy on June 6, 2008 · 0 comments

Sometimes it is difficult to remember that we need to do what is best for ourselves and our families, and that what is best for us is not always what is best for others (and vice versa). I know that I struggle with this when blogging, because I don’t ever want to come across as pushing my thoughts/ideas onto others. I simply want to share what I am doing, and if someone can benefit from that, then I am happy.

I came across this great post today at BeCentsAble about comparing ourselves to others when it comes to being frugal. This topic is always on my mind as I read other money saving and frugal blogs…it is human nature to compare ourselves to others after all.

I think that the BeCentsAble ladies totally summed up how I feel about cutting back on expenses in general. This is my favorite quote from their post:

Our practice is simple, we have only started buying things differently, not buying different things……and for us that’s really the key to being frugal!

It is really easy to get caught up in what others are doing and to belittle ourselves if we “fall short” in comparison. I know…I have been there, and done that. It is also really easy to drive yourself insane chasing down every deal…I have been there and done that too.

Any improvement that you make in your budget, no matter how “small” is an accomplishment. I think just being aware of what you are spending is a crucial first step.

Some people have to cut back due to economic reasons. Others want to cut back for various reasons. Whatever your reason(s) for trying to cut back, just remember to be kind to yourself and to do the best that you can. It is fun to track your own expenses and then compare your numbers from month to month to see your improvement. It’s not so fun when you start comparing your numbers to someone else’s and then feeling like crap because you don’t “measure up”. I am writing this post as a reminder to myself, just as much as I am writing it for you, can you tell? :-)

To read the post entitled “We Spend More Than $40 a Week… and “That’s Okay”” at BeCentsAble, click here.

Kacie also has a great post up about not being obsessed with money/frugality here.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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