Learning to Live Frugally

Living frugally seems like voluntary poverty. The very word–frugal–sounds cheap. Parsimonious. Ebenezer Scrooge-ish.

Frugal may sound that way, but that’s not really what it means.

Frugal means not wasteful. It’s Latin word root, dating from 1590, actually means “fruit” as in “producing fruit.”

So living frugally means a lifestyle that produces fruit.

And learning to live frugally is directly related to simplicity.

In a practical way, living frugally means buying less. Wasting less. And it also means wanting less. (There’s the rub!)

Hopefully, though, the goal of simplicity is more peace in your life. More time spent doing the things you value and with the people you value.

So, oddly enough, living a frugal life does produce fruit. The kind worth having.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.