It's ages (well, nearly a week) since I posted on this blog. I am still here. I'm still munching my way through the contents of the freezer and the store cupboard. And it is BORING!
I had my tongue firmly in my cheek when I chose my user name Frugally Challenged. I'm not very good at this frugality malarkey. I manage my money carefully and manage to have more money than month more times than I have more month than money. (You may have to read that sentence a couple of times!) I have enough cash for a few treats because I choose carefully.
I try and make the best use of my possessions and my opportunities but I have many more of those than a lot of people and I know I am very lucky. I take my hat off to those who live on minute amounts of money and still manage to have a great time. Even more I take my hat off to those who make frugality and penny pinching exciting at times when others would just find it depressing.
So why am I writing this post? Simply this. It may be that someone reads my blog who does find frugality totally boring, who is longing for a splurge, who can't understand how anyone could possibly lead a joyful life limited by a lack of cash.
To you I want to say this. Yes the limitations are boring. No it isn't always thrilling to find new ways of cooking liver or herrings. Yes the stuff hidden at the back of the cupboard may make for some very strange meals. No the TV or a book may not be your chosen entertainment
But what is great is the brilliant night's sleep one gets when the budget is in order, the holiday planned and budgetted for and then enjoyed, the satisfaction of knowing that all next month's money is yours, not your creditors.
Nothing boring there.