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I get rewarded twice for thriftiness. First, I get the immediate reward of an item at a severely discounted price, if not free. Second, I collect tiny moments of resilience.
The simplicity of it all can be found in the story of a self-taught TV repairman who rode his bicycle to my house when I was a kid, and the millions he left afterwards.
In my experience, the more I keep an eye out for little joys, the more I find those little joys. I can experience these happinesses on a near-daily basis.
Two weeks ago, I slunk out of the grocery store feeling ashamed. Why? Because I’d wanted strawberries, and saw that they weren’t on sale. And I got them anyway. (!!!)
Hanging our laundry to dry in the sun leads to another luxury: falling asleep surrounded by the fragrance of the sun and the wind. Some people would say the sun has no odor. I beg to differ.
The problem is that these are singular claims. It ignores that your total money mindset is made up of many beliefs and actions. It’s unlikely that you are going to be frugal in just one area.