February 2018 Debt Free Diary- When Frugal Living Becomes Normal

In the beginning, living simply was easy. We had to. We were in survival mode. Now, we aren’t.

Now, we are comfortable and I so badly just want to be lazy.

I want to be able to live like everyone else again. I miss the days of going on vacation because I feel like it, buying new clothing and eating out when I feel too lazy to cook.

But I can’t do it.

I can’t go back.

What I know now won’t let me.

I have looked at the price of a bottle of natural shampoo and literally laughed out loud. $20 per bottle versus $0.20? Yeah, I’ll stick to my DIY version, thank you.

A vacation would be great but paying interest on a vacation? Not worth it. Never again.

We ordered carry out twice this month. The price tag stung and the food didn’t even taste that great. (I think because in my mind it was $1 a bite.)

I want to be lazy but frugal living is so ingrained in me at this point that I can’t.

I think I may be ruined forever. Or maybe I have changed…Maybe we’ve been doing this for so long that it is just the way we are.

So maybe instead of feeling slightly depressed about the fact that we will have to live like this for another year, I should embrace the fact that it is simply the way we are. This is just life.

Even after debt freedom, there will always be other things that are more important to us than carry-out dinners and luxury shampoo.

Instead of trying to drown my sorrows in senseless purchases I need to keep my eyes on the prize.

We will get there.

We are so close to “there”.

In fact, maybe we are “there”.

Dave Ramsey says all the time that by working toward debt freedom you are changing your family tree. You are robbing debt of its ability to define your life and dictate your every move.

We are definitely there.

We would 100% rather save for a year to go see family in Mexico than go right now, today and pay it off for a year. We would rather cook than eat out. We would rather make toilet bowl cleaner than buy it. We would rather make what we can and buy only necessities.

Maybe we haven’t failed by missing our initial debt freedom goal. Maybe we just achieved a different goal.

A goal that will last a lifetime.

We have learned patience, priorities, and the joy of simple living.

Paying off debt and living a frugal life will never be the easy or accepted way but it is the best way. It is our way.

A year still feels like a long time but it’s better than a lifetime of slavery to debt.

Accepting the fact that this is our life for another year is a hard pill to swallow because it hurts my pride. Not because this lifestlye hurts. Debt or no debt, this is how we will live- using money wisely and carefully.

Are you ready to be free from debt? I’ll warn you now, this journey is not for the faint of heart but it will change your life in more ways than you can ever imagine.

Seeking debt freedom is a process you may not enjoy but will never regret.

 

Author: Vanessa

I am a free spirit who learned to use creativity as a key to success in chasing after debt freedom. I am a mom, lover of all things DIY, a little bit of a treehugger and modern-day hippy and an encourager to the core. If you need a little inspiration for your debt free journey, you’ve come to the right place.

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