A few weeks ago, I watched this interview with the Frugal Zealot, Amy Dacyzyn. In it, Amy makes a really relevant point: that the point of frugality is to live well on a low budget, not to be cheap for the sake of it. I think Amy actually says it's to "live like a millionaire but not to spend like one".
It seems that everywhere I look these days are articles about "the death of the New Frugality" or "Frugal fatigue", where the writers moan about being fed up with cheap food, cheap clothes, not having a social life, etc. To me they've missed the point - I'm with Amy. You can have good food, good clothes, a wild social life but you have to work out ways to balance that so that you stay within your budget. It's all about what is more important to you - an extra lipstick, when you have a dozen at home, or saving for a car/holiday/house? And yet, so many people focus on feeling deprived of that lipstick, instead of feeling rich that they don't need another one.
Anyway, watch the video and tell me what you think.