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Frugality for happiness, contentment and liberty

This is an excellent post about what being frugal means. I am reading Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder and they echo the sentiments in this post. A household economy is based on the wealth of love and is frugal when it comes to consumption of material things. The focus is on the question: “What do I need to lead a full and fulfilling life?”


“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”

Elise Boulding

from I’m a Frugal Girl

One of my favorite words is frugality – a psychological trait shaping how resources are allocated between consumption, savings and investment over time. As it is pointed out in the ‘Essays on Management’, frugality lies at the heart of good household, business and organisational management. Frugality however should not to be confused with selfishness or “meanness.” Frugality requires a mind-set limiting small pleasures today with a focus on a better future. It implies an eye for micro-detail where decisions to save, conserve or consume matter. It implies observations of both social complexity…

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