Think about all of the "stuff" you have in your house that you use on a daily basis and how long it takes to accumulate that "stuff." We had none of that and we needed it right away. So, I charged. And charged. And charged. At the time, I was so overwhelmed I felt I had no choice but to spend, spend, spend.
That's when I began to do a ton of research into Frugal Living. There's lots of tips and tricks out there for saving money, but I was looking for some Real Motivation. Something that would keep me on the straight and narrow. I needed real-life examples that someone was actually DOING, not just talking about.
That's when I found The Cheapskate Guide and the Simple Living Manifesto over at ZenHabits. It's a list of effort-driven tips that, if applied, will really rein in spending and get the mind churning.
Now, is Leo Babauta's Minimalist Lifestyle for me? No way! I love to be surrounded by the Abundance of my Own Creation. But, his ideas about Simplicity and Evaluating my Priorities are extremely motivating when I find myself wanting to go out on a spending spree.
Reading and re-reading these lists from time to time keeps me from falling into that "frugal slump." It gives me encouragement that IT CAN BE DONE and that Frugal Living is far better than Extravagant Spending! I'd love it if you'd share what tips or lists keep you motivated in the comments below!