You make a good income and you’re not really concerned about money so why be thrifty?Frugal tip, prudent living

First lets go back to the meaning of thrifty. Though the word calls to mind the frugal use of resources and careful spending, its first definition in the Oxford English Dictionary implies a healthy dose of the good life: “The fact or condition of thriving or prospering; prosperity, success, good luck.” The noun thrifty originated from the verb thrive. Thrive has meant “to grow or to flourish, with a clear sense of prosperity.” Thriving – which suggests hearty and healthy living is a challenge and a skill.

The noun thrift takes its positive implications from these origins, but in recent times it has come to refer more to “economical management, economy; sparing use or careful expenditure of means.”

In other words the practice of thrifty isn’t solely about saving money; it’s also about living well.Nothing more refreshing than a dip in the lake!

Cutting back on your impulse spending will help you control your budget. But it will also help you take more pleasure in a much-needed vacation. Cooking thriftily will lower your shopping bills. And it may give you more time with your family and possibly even improve your health.Family dinners encourage conversation.When you go thrifty, money isn’t the only thing you’ll save. You’ll also be going green. Reducing waste means you’ll be buying less and putting less garbage in the landfill. Buying in bulk will get you better prices and will cut down on packaging made and thrown away.

In the long run, thrifty, for those who have learned to practice it, results in freedom and, makes independence possible. When eliminating waste from our lives, when living within our means, when preparing ourselves for the possibility of radical reversals of fortune in an unknown future, when behaving, in short, thriftily, we have the good feeling that we are living a well ordered life, and that is because this is exactly what we are doing!

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14 comments on “Why Be Thrifty?

Nancy @ Little Homestead in Boise on July 27, 2015 5:19 am

I’ve always liked the idea of voluntary simplicity vs. just being cheap. Choosing to downsize, scale back, but eat/live healthy is much better in the long run than just being frugal…

Nancy Wolff on July 27, 2015 9:21 pm

Nancy, So true! 🙂

Leesha @ Living Contently on July 28, 2015 12:35 pm

Being thrifty is definitely about much more than just being cheap! Thanks for the great reminder. Stopping by from the Gathering Spot Linky! 🙂

Nancy Wolff on July 28, 2015 12:58 pm

Thanks for stopping by, it’s all in how we look at things right!

Kathleen on July 31, 2015 11:45 am

Some good reminders here to be wise in the use of our finances. I love your nice photos especially the table photo with lantern light. I would love you to come and share you post on Fridays Blog Booster Party, it’s live now and if you like Pinterest there is a link to a cool Pinterest Game with random winners.


Nancy Wolff on July 31, 2015 12:37 pm

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I stopped by and shared my link on your party! Tanks for the invite!

Wendy on July 31, 2015 12:24 pm

I never connected to word “thrifty” to its root word “thrive”, but it makes perfect sense. If you think about all of the benefits of being intentionally thrifty, it does result in being able to thrive in so many areas of your life. I love this perspective on the idea of thriftiness!

Nancy Wolff on July 31, 2015 12:36 pm

I always enjoy thinking about things from a different perspective! Enjoy the weekend!

Kathleen on July 31, 2015 1:46 pm

Thank you so much for coming to the party. We love having you and thanks for sharing with our Blog Booster Party readers. Your theme fits with us well here.

Michele on July 31, 2015 6:37 pm

In times when I have had money and in times when I have not had money, I have always been thrifty. I don’t like waste or excess. There are better things to do with money than spend it unwisely when you can live more cheaply.

Nancy Wolff on August 1, 2015 6:22 pm

That’s the truth! 🙂

Melinda on August 4, 2015 1:30 am

Love your explanation! Also the 2 pix are perfect.
Here from HomeMatters.

Nancy Wolff on August 4, 2015 12:50 pm

Thanks Melinda!

Katy SkipTheBag on March 25, 2017 2:13 pm

I try to be thrifty so I don’t have to work forever! Personal finance is my other passion, but I’ve got most of it on autopilot now. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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