With this being my first major blogging project, I wanted to take the time to really introduce myself and articulate just how important frugal living can be to struggling families. My name is Logan and I’m 26 years old. I’ve had my own rough time over the last four years, attempting to deal with the death of my mother as well as dealing with immensely crippling bouts of depression. First hand experience, though, everyone has stuff going on at varying levels of pain but time doesn’t stop or give you the luxury to pause life.
Over the last 2 1/2 to 3 years, I have had to do hundreds of hours of research on ways to cut my budget, make extra money, and become more efficient for just about everything in the home so we’d have food on the table. You’ll find that my situation, in some cases, will have been more or less extreme than your own; Try not to pass judgement based on that because I might yet have helpful information for you. Before I tell you what types of things I want to teach you about, I want to talk to you a little about some of the difficulties and implications of poverty that we sometimes ignore out of embarrassment.
First, I would like to tell you a story that really portrays my own struggle with poverty. I remember one bad month in particular when the bills were higher than usual, we thought we had completely run out of food but found a lone potato in the bottom of the fridge. I remember that I cried initially upon finding it and then laughed about it later that evening as I recounted the story to a friend over Facebook. Not only did she not laugh but she would not allow me to go to sleep that night without going to the store with her first. She was hellbent on buying me food to get by for a while.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I appreciate such a kind gesture. What I mean is that even if you can’t help yourself in a given situation, by being positive and being somewhat open about things you may find help you didn’t know you had. I’m not saying you should milk your friends for all they’ve got; However, don’t hide your situation because your friends may want to help you anyway. That’s my first major point of advice to you, whoever you may be, be open about your financial situation. You may be there due to some embarrassingly stupid decisions that have royally screwed you but that doesn’t mean you’re stranded.
Remember, there is always a plan that can be made to dig yourself out of the grave even if it means doing things you don’t like. You may have to cut out some extra expenses: Netflix, Hulu, any other subscription based services, possibly internet or cellular(depending on which service could replace the other temporarily). Inevitably you must maintain bare necessities: rent, utilities, insurance, travel expenses for work, and food. If you’re paying for anything else, you need to determine whether or not it’s vital to working, if it’s vital to paying bills, or if it’s vital to keeping your sanity(should only be 1-2 things). If it doesn’t meet one of those criteria, then it’s time to cut ’em loose. For example, You may have to switch to purchasing generic items instead of brand name. As we get to know each other, I’ll be introducing all sorts of cheap generic items that have served me well the last several years. That’s my second major point of advice to you, whoever you may be, be open to the idea of making major changes in your life in order to live frugally.
As for my intentions with this blog, I’ll not only be covering things about debt and saving money but I’ll also find time to talk about cheap ways to eat or do something recreational outside for free. The bottom line with living this poor is that you need to be on the up&up at getting things for extremely cheap/free. I hope I’ve interested you and you’ll be back to visit as more content goes up. This is hard stuff to talk about but you can talk to me since I’ve been through it! Remember, it’s all about frugal living.
Wishing you a lot of love and success,
P.S. – I’m planning to use this post as a basis for the About Me page so that it’s the first information people see when they arrive.
P.P.S. – If you have requests for information in particular, be sure to leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Again, thank you so much for stopping by!
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