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What is Creative Frugality?
by Nancy Twigg
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
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Nancy Twigg

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.

 

Itís making something out of little bits of nothing that the average person would have overlooked or just thrown away. 
Itís stubbornly refusing to pay full price because you know that if you hold out, the store will have a sale soon.
Itís using your talents, skills and abilities to produce a gift thatís priceless because it cannot be purchased in any store.
Itís looking for free or low-cost ways to have just as much fun as if you went out and spent a bundle.
Itís finding unusual ways to make things last longer or go farther so you donít have to spend as often.
Itís 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.
Itís figuring out how you can reproduce some expensive something sold in stores for next to nothing at home.
Itís being happier with extra money in your bank account than a new toy in your garage or entertainment center.
Itís enjoying the thrill of the bargain-hunting chase much more than the instant gratification of just going and buying something.
But most of all, itís understanding that your mind works a little differently than everyone elseís and being proud of it!

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

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