So what's the main thing?
We could say "saving money."
We could say "making more of what we have."
We could say "using less."
We could say "learning what we don't need."
At the heart of living frugally is not doing without, although we do that at times. It's also not just saving money or using less, although we do that. We make more of what we have, too, but that's not the main thing.
I had to think about this one for awhile and what I came up with was this.
The main thing is living without financial stress.
For you, it may be different.
Financial stress spills over into so many areas of our lives that it can ruin otherwise happy lives. It can destroy relationships and ruin our health. It can make us nervous wrecks so that we can't do our jobs right. It can keep us from sleeping, make us overeat and provoke us to be rude.
Who wants to live like that?
Keep the main thing the main thing. Frugal living is a lifestyle that can make a difference.
Yes, I preach it; I believe it. :)