Simple living, frugality and my pledge for 2009

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Frugality. I wish I had a better word. It used to be a virtue, but even when I was young I thought there was something a little unseemly about frugality. Waste not, want not. Is there a way to make frugality seem more appealing? I’ll have to work on this. In the meantime, I’ll start a frugality category ("Pennywise") for this website, because in a quest to live the simple life, frugality is essential.

My pledge for 2009:

Before deciding to make any purchase, I will ask the following questions:

  1. Do I need or have a good reason for wanting the item?
  2. If so, do I have something on hand that can be reused, repurposed or refashioned to meet the need?
  3. If not, can I borrow the item or something similar?
  4. If not, can I purchase the item or something similar second hand?
  5. If not, can I purchase the item on sale?