The latest book in my long line of frugality books that I’ve been reading is The Art of Frugal Hedonism (you can read more about it in my post here). I thought I’d try to implement some of the actions that the chapters of the book were centered around. I picked out 5 of the 51 chapters that are all related to changing my mindset around the relationship between spending money and enjoyment:
1.Relish – to be aware of and fully enjoy the small things in life which is a habit and a skill that needs practising and honing.
It is easy to use spending money as mental confirmation that something of value is being obtained. We can equally choose to relish and recognize value in experience, atmosphere, sensuality or company.
2.Hate waste – nature has no concept of waste and human societies haven’t until very recently had much concept of waste.
By developing an allergy to wastefulness, you can not only diminish your role in this bizarre state of affairs, but save a wallop of money too!
3.Recalibrate your senses – transform every day things to become treats or luxuries through the element of restriction and pressing reset on our expectation button.
The basic blueprint for modern first-world living is normalized hyper-abundance and hyper-stimulation, punctured by desperate attempts at escape when the fallout becomes too distressing. Frugal Hedonism inverts this pattern by normalizing an elegant sufficiency of consumption and then artfully dotting it with intensely relished abundance.
4.Find free “third” places – this is a place that is not work or home but a third non-spending-oriented place where you can be. For example town squares, parks, the library, a community garden, the beach or a boardwalk/pier
Simply by sitting back and looking outwards, we can replicate the mental state we are chasing when we go into public spaces and pay for something as an excuse to feel leisurely there.
5.Indulge your curiosity – instead of buying something new when craving novelty or stimulation learn something new which is a less expensive way of getting the same feeling.
Most people love the feeling of getting something new, but forget that it can come as easily from discovery as from consumption.