Consider Old Technology - it still works

Consider using old technology for another year or two as a way of saving money.

Sometimes the smart shopper doesn't shop at all, but rather makes do with what they have.

There usually isn’t anything wrong with last year’s technology, or even technology from many years ago. Many businesses make a nice living off of people who haven't discovered the benefits of frugal shopping, and who must have the latest gadgets at any price.

A cell phone from 6 years ago will work just fine if you want to make and receive calls. Do you really need a color display and a camera for still pictures and video? Are those games on your phone really necessary?

I’m perfectly satisfied with the fact that it's a small portable phone that I can use to make phone calls just about anywhere. The "bells and whistles" are nice, but even if I had them, I probably wouldn't be able to make use of them on a regular basis.

Another example is the text messaging craze. It's similar to Emailing. Why would we want a telephone device that allows us to type on a tiny keyboard, when we can just call the other person and have an interactive conversation. I don't get it.

The point is to make an assessment of true value - including the latest and sexiest technology - before you jump in and make a purchase, especially when that purchase gets you in the "upgrade every few years" mindset.

Perhaps I'm an old fart that's stuck with old technology on the brain and I'm refusing to budge. I don't think that's the case because I have plenty of technology at my fingertips - literally. I just see that some people don't think much about what they're doing with their money, and that's why it disappears so fast.

Before a smart shopper buys a gadget, they think twice about it's usefulness and cost - now and over the long haul.

Done with Consider Old Technology, back to Frugal Shopping

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.