Frugal Living Beats the Trend

ABC News posts some interesting facts impacting families in the economy. This article says, “67 percent say they’re cutting back on their spending, with 37 percent cutting back ‘sharply’ — an enormous contraction in the economy’s lifeblood.”

We may live frugally, but our lives are extremely fruitful.

Wendy and I speak on frugal living. Does that sound drab? Speaking on “prosperity” would probably pack the room. Frugality isn’t where most people would like to be.

Quite the contrary: frugality is a way of life, one many millionaires participate. We give three principles to live by in our Cheaper by the Dozen CD. These principles can bring a family stability in an unstable economy.

Frugal living takes faith

Here’s a clever thought: Money causes stress. Not the lack of money, but money itself. I’ve witnessed wealthy people whose life I do not envy. They may be rich and live in fancy homes, but their lives are full of worry, anxiety and fret.

It’s not the money. It’s the lack faith. Plain and simple. I’ve likewise witnessed the poorest homes–poorer than the poorest we’ve been–come alive with joy and peace. These moms and dads live by faith. God always comes through, and these families live frugally in response. They don’t see their limited resources as a detriment at all.

Frugal living is good stewardship

Over our nearly-20 years of marriage, Wendy and I have spent much of our nearly-20 years of marriage within the poverty line, some below the “extreme” poverty line. I suppose you can say we’ve learned the hard way to be frugal, but we hesitate to say that. You see, the frugal life is really not that bad. In fact, we live abundantly!

We simply spend less. This is the opposite of “spendthrift,” someone who spends without thinking. Train yourself to always think before spending. This will force you to use more wisely and waste less. Ultimately, we are called to be good stewards. Frugality is a beautiful way to do just this.

Frugal living and creativity go hand-in-hand

We believe creativity is an image-of-God trait. We are created to be creative! Never look down on economic pressure, but rather as opportunity to solve problems, change course, or seek other opportunity. Looking back on our married life, there are countless times when finances were tight as bark on a tree. You know what? Those were usually right before a breakthrough in creative opportunity.

We dig much deeper into these principles (and more) in our CD Cheaper by the Dozen. We are offering free shipping from now through Thanksgiving for all Jeub Family products, including this one. Visit our bookstore for details.

And post your frugal ideas in the comment section! We’d love to hear them.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • Sarah M. in MI

    Many people whom we believe to be rich, or, a even better term, wealthy, are actually just living extravagant lives. Their wealth is all in their belongings and activities, and, in many ways, they live week to week as many of us do.

    Truly wealthy people are very often unassuming people. Many millionaires got that way by being frugal.

    It is said that the founder of Walmart drove the same junky pick-up for many years, because he didn’t see the need to replace a working pick-up. He kept the same office furniture for his whole career.
    People thing that being frugal is the equivalent of wearing sack cloth and painting our faces with ashes. On the contrary. It can be a full and happy life, a life of freedom. We should strive to live debt free, dependent on no one but God. Our family hasn’t quite got the debt free coquered yet, but we’re working on it.
    : )

    Sarah, mom of eight

  • Amy Pederson

    I read something very wise that pertains to this subject. “First, we have to recognize that we will always have unfulfilled longings this side of heaven (Romans 8:23). In fact, if we could have all our longings fulfilled down here, we would easily be satisfied with staying here, and our hearts would never long for a better place.”

    God always provides what we need, and we have to be willing to live within the means He gives us. We don’t need to buy every thing that tempts our eyes. It is okay to go without and make do. Necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t that the saying? You’re exactly right when you say that creativity flows out of need.

    Thanks again for the gentle encouragement you give us all.

  • Fruitful Harvest

    Great post!
    We live dept free.
    I sometimes have folks “feel” sorry for me when I say “I can’t afford to do something”.
    They think because we have 6 kids that we must be dirt poor. But the fact is we give generously,save for the future and spend wisely.
    (no credit cards)
    They also think we are crazy to want more blessings!….but you already know how
    people are:)

    Peace,Love and Blessings,

  • jane

    It is my opinion that frugality is becoming more COOL!! People who are frugal are being looked upon with respect, compared to 10 years ago. So, you all are in the Cool group, just wanted to let you know, I think more and more people will be looking into cutting back on expenses nowadays. BTW—love following your blog. From a frugal missionary mom in CA

  • tammy

    I have a friend who has a very large family income but by looking, you wouldn’t know it. They choose to bless others rather than up their own lifestyle. We have often been the recipient of their giving, as well as many others. I would love to be able to do that, rather than just get bigger and better for me & mine. Oh, she hits sales and uses coupons, too :)Some of us seem to have been born frugal!