We have something really enjoyable to talk about today! Because, truthfully, there’s a lot of talk out there about saving money. A lot of “experts” offer quick advice, hawking ideas and systems to help you save mountains of money. But a lot of those ideas miss one key element… one key element crucial for saving money and really sticking with it for the long haul.

What is that key element? FUN!

See, my family and I live a very simple life. We are multimillionaires, but we don’t live in a big, fancy house. In fact, we have the smallest house in our neighborhood! We don’t go out to eat at 5-star restaurants every day. I cook gourmet meals for my family every day on an average of $100/week. We don’t buy a new car, new computers, new cell phones, or even new clothes, every year. Could we, if we wanted to? Yes! But I believe in living simply.

But simple does NOT mean boring! You would be amazed by the comments from people who hear the truth about how we live, and they accuse us of being boring. HA! In reality, we have a very exciting, very fulfilling life!

You may be forced to be “thrifty” now because of limited income or other circumstances. But living frugally has huge benefits, no matter your income. You may have heard about the Law of Promotion before. It’s simple: If you can be trusted with what you have been given, you will be made ruler over much.

So, here are 3 ways you can be faithful with what you have now, to be made ruler over so much more:

  1. Get creative! There is a phrase I use often, that leads to thinking outside the box and finding creative solutions. It’s “Improvise in imperfection.” For example, you’re cooking dinner and missing an ingredient. Most people would run to the store to grab that one ingredient (and probably pick up a few other things, not on their list). FORGET IT! I only go to the grocery store once a week and if I don’t have something I need… too bad, so sad! It’s time to get creative and “improvise in imperfection.”
  2. Reduce, reuse, recycle! There are lots of items, with multiple functions, you probably use on a regular basis around your house. For example, I have a big bottle of botanical soap I use for everything! Seriously, it can be used to wash your hands and clean the counters. You can brush your teeth and the toilet with it. I buy it a couple of times a year and we use it for everything! Hand-me-downs are another big one. All of my kids wear hand-me-downs. I even wear hand-me-downs. We don’t buy new school clothes or new clothes for every season. And if you are doing that, you’ve been duped by advertisers who want you to believe kids need new clothes and shoes several times a year.
  3. Fun doesn’t have to be expensive! There are tons of cheap, or even free, things to do for fun! Just go online to search for free things to do in your city, and let the fun begin! Take the kids to the park, rediscover the joys of the great outdoors, go to museums, community movie nights. There are probably things to do in your city you never even knew about.This goes for date night, as well! Being on a tight budget is no excuse for not having a date night with your spouse! If you look for free ways to have fun, you will surely find them!

Here’s the bottom line: Thrifty living does not mean boring living! It doesn’t mean deprived. Take it from me! If frugal living meant boring or deprived, do you think this multimillionaire would choose to live that way? No way! I believe in accumulating wealth without sacrificing your marriage, kids, health or fun.

I would love to know YOUR best tips for thrifty living! What are some simple ways you have found to save money without sacrificing the truly important things in life? Please share your inspirations in the comments below!

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In great faith,

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