|Nancy Twigg is a speaker and author who loves inspiring others to live more
simply. Adapted from Nancyís newly revised book, Celebrate Simply: Your
Guide to Simpler, More Meaningful Holidays and Special Occasions (www.celebratesimply.com).
Visit Nancy online at www.countingthecost.com
Most people understand what
creativity is, and have a good idea what it means to be frugal. But
the idea of putting the two together is a little hard to grasp.
Because creative frugality is one of those things that is easier to
show than to tell, here is a quick list of dead giveaways for
identifying creative frugality in action.
making something out of little bits of nothing that the
average person would have overlooked or just thrown
stubbornly refusing to pay full price because you know that if
you hold out, the store will have a sale soon.
using your talents, skills and abilities to produce a gift
thatís priceless because it cannot be purchased in any
looking for free or low-cost ways to have just as much fun as
if you went out and spent a bundle.
finding unusual ways to make things last longer or go farther
so you donít have to spend as often.
making dinner with what you have on hand rather than what the
recipe calls for and ending up with a tastier dish than if
youíd followed the recipe.
figuring out how you can reproduce some expensive something
sold in stores for next to nothing at home.
being happier with extra money in your bank account than a new
toy in your garage or entertainment center.
enjoying the thrill of the bargain-hunting chase much more
than the instant gratification of just going and buying
most of all, itís understanding that your mind works a
little differently than everyone elseís and being proud of
In celebration of National
Creative Frugality Week, January 19thĖ 25th, author Nancy Twigg
has put together a special 8-page report entitled 101
Creative Ways to S-T-R-E-T-C-H a Dollar. Copies of this report
are $3 for domestic orders, $4 for international orders (price
includes shipping). To order your copy, visit www.countingthecost.com/101ways.htm