Too Cheap or Perfectly Frugal?

Societal standards have changed greatly with the influence of social media.  With so many celebrities and internet personalities purporting lavish lives, others are going broke to keep up.  Of course, they will never admit it. On the other hand, there are consumers that refuse to be consumed by fads and consider doing so as wasteful.  Do you agree?

Honestly, I can understand wanting to be trendy and in the moment. However, I also understand the difference between guns and butter.  We are already a generation of spoiled and dependent narcissists, do we really want to add financially irresponsible to that? Now, before you ready your fingers to troll this post, ask yourself the following questions:

1.  Can I plant and harvest my own produce?
2.  Can I slaughter and butcher my own meat?           Based on your answers to 1-4, 
3.  Can I bake a loaf of bread?                              how often to do depend on others for food?
4.  How often do I eat fast food?
5.  Do I have a budget? Do I stick to my budget?                 Are you financially disciplined?
6.  Can I afford to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe?
7.  How many selfies do I take a day? Week?
8.  How many times a day to I check my phone?                           Dependent on technology
9.  How much do likes, double-taps, and views mean to me?      and constant connections?
10.  What would I do with $1,000,000 right now?

Hopefully, you answered the questions truthfully. If you did, you may have just realized why I called us “spoiled and dependent narcissists”. Our main focus is what others think about how we look, what we have, and what we do. The majority of us don’t know how to sustain and maintain without the assistance of convenience. We must learn to pay more attention to the world around us instead of the screens in front of us. Trying to “keep up with the Joneses” could mean falling behind on bills and obligations, now or in the future. I had to break myself from saying, “I’m too cheap for that!” Although I believed the statement to be true, I had to learn that frugality is the way of the wise and wealthy. So, be frugal and be fruitful! If you “got money to blow”, this doesn’t apply to you. 😉