The Frugal Girl has Become Less Frugal

The intentional (and unintentional) reasons for my shift to spending

Trudy Horsting
Living Out Loud

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I started this blog by sharing advice on how to be frugal, save money, do things affordably, and still enjoy life to the fullest. I still pride myself in having these qualities. However, I have become less frugal in the past year or two than I have been my entire life.

Here’s why.

1. Less Expensive Comes at a Cost

I’m a huge proponent that you can find some high quality items for a great deal. You may find a great brand of clothing at the thrift shop with the tag still attached. You can also find great deals at auctions and on Facebook Marketplace if you’re willing to put in the time to physically pick up the purchase.

However, searching for deals comes at a cost- time. It is a very time intensive task to find the cheapest item on the market. Often I spend months researching items before buying them brand new, doing everything I can to ensure I have the best deal.

This time I spend searching for deals means less time working on my dissertation, spending quality time with loved ones, and enjoying my hobbies. It is also mentally draining.

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Trudy Horsting
Living Out Loud

Writer. PhD Candidate. Frugal Traveler. Passionate about health, personal growth, and saving money.