I read a LOT of blogs about frugality. Even more than the blogs, I read the comments on frugality blogs. What I have learned from these comments is this: No matter how much you improve your habits… no matter how great the information you share… no matter how many changes you make to reduce your consumption, there will always be a long line of people out there waiting to comment and tell you that you’re not doing it right.
Skye: According to a friend, both borax, and washing sodas are carcinogenic.
Except that it isn’t. Think you’re in the clear? You’re not. They test on animals. Using Borax = Condoning Animal Cruelty!
Have you started clipping coupons to save money shopping? Everyone knows that you’re only buying artery clogging, diabetes inducing, choking Mother Earth with the packaging, processed foods. Just ask Velvet Jones who commented at Get Rich Slowly:
Velvet Jones: Coupons are good, however when it comes to food, I noticed that most coupons are for processed foods that aren’t very good for you. I tend to cook from scratch. Coupons for fresh fruit/vegetables/meat are rare if not nonexistent altogether.
So yeah, great story if you eat a lot of processed food. Otherwise, meh
Except that yesterday, I bought $380 worth of groceries for $155. What were my coupons for? Yoplait Lowfat Yogurt, Green Giant vegetables, Jenny O ground turkey, Newman’s Own pasta sauce, Blue Diamond almonds, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest wheat pasta, Juicy Juice, and a reusable shopping bag… to name a few.
Just making an effort to be more frugal across the board? Being Frugal has a list of 168 Frugal Tips. Guess what? If you follow these tips, you’re cheap and wasting your time:
mike: GEEZ. Don’t try to save nickels and dimes. My roommate does it and he has made himself believe he is poorer than he is because he does like that whole list. He forgets to live because he is so worried bout wasting money. If you are that worried about wasting money. Don’t be a cheap ass. Get a better job, or another one, or work more hours. Trust me there are plenty of odd high paying jobs out there that are part time. I have a few.
If you talk to enough people, you’re going to find that no matter what you do to cut costs and consume less, there will ALWAYS be someone who has:
- Done it first
- Done it better
- Done it longer
- Disdains doing it at all
What do you do about it? Ignore them. Do what you’re doing, in the ways that it makes you happy to do it, and just keep trucking. Remember, all this information should be treated like a buffet… Take what you want, leave the rest.