Unfortunately, I never fulfilled my end of the bargain, which was to read the book and provide a reivew. At first, I used the excuse that I was busy and didn’t have the time to read the book. As time wore on and I began to feel guilty, I realized there was more to it. When I stopped to analyze the situation, I realized I hate the word frugal. In my mind, frugal means to do without.
Lest you think, I’m a consumption driven boomer who shops at the drop of hat, let me assure I’m not. I would say I’m very conservative financially. In looking up to word frugal, one definition is to ‘avoid waste,’ which I think is wonderful. Somehow I associated frugal with deprivation. So, while I don't want to indulge myself, the idea of being deprived isn't too appealing either.
The reason I share this story with you is twofold. One, I want to tell you about Brenda’s book. She offers some easy, common sense advice to live within your means. Something, we all need to learn how to do better, especially now.
I also want to share how emotionally charged is the discussion around money. Good depression era folks who always told me there wasn’t enough raised me. Even though I have worked on my abundance consciousness, if you will, there is still emotion that I haven’t been able to get passed.
What are you’re emotional issues about money and how do you mask them? Retirement often changes our relationship to money. Retirement costs are not just the dollars and cents but your own peace of mind. Understanding your personally feelings about money will help retirement work for you.