Favorite Frugal Living Quotes

Favorite Frugal Living Quotes

I always find quotes inspirational. Sure, sometimes they’re a bit cheesy. However, sometimes they really stop me in my tracks and make me think about things with a fresh perspective. This can keep me on track with my goals and aligned with my values. So, with that in mind, here are some of my favorite quotes about frugal living.

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language …

and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” ― Elise Boulding

There are two reasons that I love this quote. First, it reminds us that frugality is a beautiful, wonderful thing, not a thing of deprivation. Second, it emphasizes that there’s a huge cultural component pressuring us to spend money because doing so keeps that machine running at the cost of our own wellness.

“A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” – Dave Ramsey

Budgeting can also feel like an annoyance rather than a beautiful thing. It feels like you have to constrain yourself. However, something I’ve learned through creativity exercises is that you can do a lot within constraints. A budget can be a tool that actually empowers you rather than a restriction.

“Being frugal may be as simple as borrowing books from the library instead of buying them new.” – C. Pulsifer

I love my local library. I also love Little Free Libraries. Of course, I do think it’s wonderful to support authors and independent bookstores as well. However, any quote that celebrates libraries while also reminding us that frugal living is about small choices is a good quote in my book.

“Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. …

Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Frugal living doesn’t always mean choosing the cheapest financial option. You don’t want to waste money. However, if you have to spend a little bit of money in order to save a lot of time, sometimes that makes the most sense. This is a good reminder for me when I’m caught up in counting pennies. Both matter.

“Saving money is good. Saving dreams is not good.” – Richie Norton

This is one of my very favorite quotes about frugal living. It’s this great reminder that focusing on saving money isn’t the only thing that it’s important. Sure, it’s important. However, you don’t want to scrimp and save so much that you miss out on actually living your life. At its best, frugal living allows us to really focus on our true goals and live them to the fullest.

“Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal;

avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” ― Lao Tzu

I think this is a great one to wrap up with because it builds upon that Richie Norton quote. You can achieve your dreams and “be liberal” specifically because you’ve focused on being frugal. Avoid wasting your money so that you can have time and freedom for the things that you really care about.

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