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Key Lessons in My Relationship with Money

Since I started One Frugal Girl in March of 2006 I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my my relationship with money. Here are some of the key things I’ve learned over the years:

  • Remember that the best moments in your life don’t cost a lot of money. Simple family dinners, picnics with my husband, short trips to a whole host of locations and holiday inspired potlucks all bring smiles to my face. The key is to enjoy the time you share with the ones you love.
  • Learn to cook and learn to really enjoy cooking. I took a cooking class just after I got married. The class inspired me to stop ordering take out and before long I invested in a set of new kitchen knives and sturdy, non-stick pots and pans. Once a week I experimented with new recipes and before long I really began to love preparing meals. Now I rarely eat out or order take in.
  • Keep money in your budget for things you love. The goal of saving money is not to live like a miser. I’ve written about this many times on my blog, but the key is to save your money for the things in life that really matter. If you make room in your budget for these things you won’t feel guilty about enjoying them. Even better, if you save money for the things you love you won’t go into debt for them.
  • Try to live in the moment as much as possible. Sometimes life moves so quickly that we rush from one place to another without really stopping to appreciate the moment we live in. The more you enjoy the company of those you keep and the more you remember to count your blessings, the less you’ll crave.

One Frugal Girl

Monday 13th of September 2010

I took a class at L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda.

Christina

Monday 13th of September 2010

I love reading your blog! Thanks for the great tips! I was wondering where you took your cooking class. I have been thinking about taking one myself.

One Frugal Girl

Sunday 12th of September 2010

@Maureen - I know my parents would agree with that one. They wouldn't give up time with my niece and nephew for anything else in the world.

Maureen

Friday 10th of September 2010

I absolutely agree with all your comments, but I also have to add time spent babysitting my beloved Grandchildren their smiles are worth more than money.