I had coffee late last night and could not sleep! So after doing some laundry at midnight, I decided to pick up my bible and it opened up to the book of Proverbs. Reading inspired me to write these thoughts.
The definition for frugal is saving; avoiding waste. If you delay pleasure to make a big future purchase, that is being frugal. A frugal person does not sacrifice quality to buy something only because it cost less money. A person who is cheap is a person who is stingy and whose ways affects the quality of life of their family. Being cheap means you will sacrifice quality to buy something cheaper because it cost less money.
Poverbs 30:25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.
Growing up, few family members would tease me that I was cheap. When I would get birthday or Christmas money, I would never spend it but put it away. I would feel so hurt and insulted, especially when they would blurt this out to people and when they would tease me by patting their elbow. It really made me feel horrible. They would say I was cheap because I wouldn’t want to spend my money. Yes, it’s true; I didn’t spend my money… why? Simple, as a kid I knew the value of a dollar. I remember my parents sometimes stressing out about money…that may be why I never asked them for materialistic things but it was okay because I never needed anything. My parents always provided food, shelter and necessities; that is all I needed.
My saying is, “you will never make a million dollars if you don’t start with one dollar”. I knew that someday me putting away my money would come to good use. When I first started working, my money went to pay my car insurance, gas, church tithes, I would give my mom a little bit of money but the rest went straight to my savings. Where is my money now you ask? Well, it was spent on what I knew would be my future and now my present.
So to those individuals that would tease me and make me feel ashamed, with all due respect, look at me now. I own my home and I am now a stay at home mom. Yes, I’m not living the glamour life and I don’t have a big home but I am so very blessed and happy. I also want you to know that I don’t regret not spending my money on worldly pleasures because it has no comparison to the pleasure I have now, which is my husband and my sons.
Like the bible says, “give me neither poverty or riches but give me only my daily bread” Proverbs 30:8.
Thank you Jesus.