"Why go to all that trouble when you can just buy [X]?" It's such a common refrain when it comes to money-saving tricks, most of us assume it's common sense. If you're looking for a better reason to stay frugal, make it an exercise in creativity.
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As personal finance blog Frugalwoods points out, there are more benefits to practicing frugality than simply saving money. When you actively try to avoid solving your problems by throwing money at them, you're forced to look for more creative solutions:
Since our default is to not spend money, we're constantly engineering ways to circumvent buying things. Whether it's taking hand-me-downs and making them look new or finding interesting ways to entertain ourselves, frugality gives us the gift of using our minds -- instead of our money -- to create our delightfully quirky world.
In some cases, this might mean finding clever ways to decorate. In others, it might mean working out your own low-budget solution to a problem. All of those situations, though, require creative, atypical thought to deal with. If you're looking for a creative boost, try solving a problem without spending money.
11 Benefits of Frugality That Have Nothing To Do With Money [Frugalwoods via Rockstar Finance]