Building Frugal Habits

When it comes to building frugal habits, I think the biggest and most important step you can take is to adopt philosophy. Think about the things you do, and ask yourself why you do them. This is the key to so many things, and being frugal isn’t an exception.

Now, be warned, taking a long, hard look at any aspect of your life can present you with both good and bad revelations. When it comes to being frugal, once you truly embrace it, it becomes an addiction. Not spending money is an addiction? That’s jazzing it up a bit. It becomes addictive to only spend money on what you need.

Since I truly embraced being frugal, I’ve put so many things back on the shelf, removed them from my shopping cart, and deleted them from my wish list. This may sound a bit ridiculous, but it’s very satisfying when you know you have only purchased what you will need and use. Now, when I do buy something, I am extremely satisfied knowing that it was money well spent.

The things I do own, I cherish, and the value goes beyond money. Once you know what you value, and you can see through the facade of moreĀ and be happy with less. Frugal is a mindset, and isn’t really easy, but it does have a huge amount of impact on your life. In my opinion, it makes life better. Really.

-Mike

 

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Photography

You may have noticed I try and start every post with a photo. Photography is a great creative outlet that pays dividends. I’m not a great photographer, but I’m getting better. Photography also gets me out of the house and exploring areas I haven’t been before. Returning to places you have been to take photos and get another perspective on something you know.

I use a Canon EOS Rebel T5 with an 18-55mm lens. This is a starter level DSLR and a great camera to start learning with. Don’t get a DSLR until you’ve mastered using your phone or a simple point and shoot camera. Once you get a DSLR, your photos will have better image quality. Learn all of your cameras features as well.

I paid for the large part of my camera with Shoppers Drug Mart points. Typically, I only purchase sale items at Shoppers as it’s quite expensive but the points do add up slowly.

One day I would like to make money off of my photos using something like 500px or selling direct to a buyer. However, I’m not banking on it!

I hope you enjoy my photos.

-Mike