Episode 99: Contentment, Gratitude, + Flexible Minimalism within Frugality

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Episode 99: Contentment, Gratitude, + Flexible Minimalism within Frugality

Episode 99: Contentment, Gratitude, + Flexible Minimalism within Frugality

How do we know how much is enough? What are our measuring tools for knowing this? Today we explore the topics of contentment, gratitude, and minimalism as a means to embracing frugality and being kind to our finances. Listen in as we explore why these principles are foundational to our frugal journey.


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  • Junk Drawers: That’s right all the junk drawers got together to remind us that they’re still there! And also to inform us that ‘junk’ is just a nicer word for ‘trash’ – so basically it’s a glorified trash drawer. Are you really going to use all those paper clips? Oh and that battery with all the goo on it – yea that’s not gonna work anymore. And yes – those pens without the caps ARE dried out, and no you will never figure out what that tiny piece of plastic goes to! Let’s face it – we’re using a perfectly nice drawer to store our garbage in. Trash drawers, you can hide, but you can’t run.

Notable Notes:

What the Internet has to say:

This article from Moneyning describes the reasons why contentment is  one of the most important financial principles

What Jen + Jill have to say:

  • “When we’re not content with what we have, it leads to spending more money.” – Moneyning
  • 1. Write down blessings
  • 2. Live within your means
  • 3. Simplify your life
  • “Wherever you are in your financial situation, learn to be content. Don’t wait for things to get better” – Moneyning

More from the Internet:

This article from Chopra provides us with 25 ways to practice gratitude on a regular basis while exploring how gratitude paves the way to contentment

More from Jen + Jill:

  • Our brains are like velcro for negative and teflon for positive – be aware of what you’re taking in!
  • Send a text message to a friend saying ‘thank you’
  • Run errands ‘with gratitude’ – be aware of how you are interacting with others
  • Stop and smell the roses 🙂

BILL OF THE WEEK – Thanks Amarylis from Florida for sharing with us how you put aside 5% rather than 1% to accomplish having a debt free business!!

Lightning Round

Things we’re grateful for

  • Jill- my tiny home  – it has everything I need and I find it beautiful!
  • Jen- My family 🙂
  • Jill- the sun!!
  • Jen- my job – so grateful for the flexibility


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