Are you wanting to:
- save more money
- reduce your expenses
- get more from your money
- live a healthier, happier, more content life
- reduce your environmental impact
- enjoy the good life on less?
Then you’ve come to the right place.
Frugality is about saving money.
But it’s not about living miserly or hoarding every cent. That would not be a thriving life!
What makes Frugal and Thriving a little bit different?
It’s an Australian blog with an Aussie focus. So if you’re antipodean, here you’ll find frugal tips a little bit closer to home.
Good living doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, as the saying goes, the good things in life are free!
Frugal and Thriving is all about living the good life for less. Foster a healthy and happy home in any financial situation.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND AT FRUGAL AND THRIVING
- tips and resources for saving money
- frugal, healthy recipes
- household tips and tricks
- urban homesteading / small space living
- green, sustainable living ideas
- tips for healthier, happier living
- how to thrive on less
Frugality is not about being cheap (although it is about saving money). It’s about WISELY USING our resources – physical, natural, mental and emotional (including our money).
Sometimes being frugal means spending more money to save money in the long run.
It might mean investing in value – good workmanship, quality, longevity and health promoting products. This helps save money in the long run.
It might mean shopping local to support small business.
It might mean using our buying power to make ethical and sustainable purchases when we can afford to.
But there’s plenty of information on how to save money too.
The focus here at Frugal and Thriving is how to have a thriving life without wasting our resources (including our money).
What does thriving mean to you?
Happiness? Good health? Stress-free living? Contentment?
We all want to live a good life, frugality is the means of attaining it.
Happiness doesn’t lie in the acquisition of things. Some of the happiest people in the world have very little. In fact, happiness peaks when we have enough money to meet our basic needs plus a little extra for fun.
More money does not make us happier.
Enjoying the things that are free: friendship, family, community involvement, nature – is the path to a thriving life.
“He that is of the opinion that money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.” Benjamin Franklin
THE BLOGGER BEHIND THE BLOG
Hi, my name is Melissa – founder and writer of Frugal and Thriving. I’ve been writing this blog since March 2009.
Life has taken me on a few twists and turns, but right now I’m a full-time, at-home mum by day, and blogger by night.
I’m frugal by habit and many times so far, out of necessity.
My parents were frugal and a lot of the habits I have today I learned from them (thanks dad for the hoarding habit…I’m sure it will come in handy for something).
As a teenager, I cut my own hair and crocheted my own bedspread. At uni I darned my own socks.
I’ve never been cool once in my life.
I’m ok with that.
The dollar stretching habits I learned from my parents have allowed us to live comfortably on an average single income (thanks Frugal Hubby), so that I can stay at home with our five-year-old daughter seven-year-old old son.
We moved from Sydney to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland in 2006. It was a decision that allowed us to buy a townhouse (Sydney prices – gasp!) and enjoy the beautiful coastal lifestyle.
When I’m not blogging or trying to pick playdough out of the carpet, break up sibling fights, wash dishes, hang washing, push swings or sneak off for a quiet cuppa, I like to read (just about anything), sew (ok, lately it’s more like pin sewing patterns on Pinterest) and sometimes I even still enjoy cooking.