I consider myself a frugalist and minimalist, but let’s face it, frugal and minimal are relative terms. Frugal to me could be extravagant to you, and my minimal bedroom could look like a scene out of Hoarders to you!
It all boils down to what frugality and minimalism mean to us personally. For me, frugality is about spending with intention, getting the best deal, and focusing on needs rather than wants (most of the time). Minimalism to me is really a tool. Clutter stresses me out and I have trouble focusing and being productive unless I’m in a clear and organized space. Quite simply, I’m happier with less stuff!
So, how does one self-proclaimed frugal and minimal gal celebrate her 34th Birthday when the idea of spending oodles of money and accumulating more material items doesn’t really feel like a celebration at all?
I didn’t want anything specific for my Birthday, but as the timing would have it, I needed a pair of new running shoes. I decided I would like my Birthday present to be a fancy new pair of Brooks. After hours of research and deal hunting I found a closeout pair that I combined with a 20% off coupon and free 2-day shipping.
Who needs a fancy store-bought or bakery cake? And, actually have you noticed that some store-bought cakes are actually not fancy at all and rather really disappointing? Although, I have to give a shout out to the Costco sheet cake for children’s birthday parties and larger events. Great deal! But, I digress. This year I happily made my own cake while the kids napped. I made a double layer chocolate cake (from a box) and whipped up a batch of peanut butter frosting. And, then I basically ate the entire thing myself.
I briefly considered going out to dinner, but ultimately decided that what I wanted the most was really good takeout pizza and really great company. We invited the cousin crew over and it was perfect.
How do you like to celebrate your Birthday? How do you define frugality and minimalism?