When money is tight, as it is for many grad students, frugal practices are necessary just to stay in the black. But everyone should consider being frugal in certain areas of her life just so she can put her money where it matters most and prevent herself from spending where it doesn’t matter as much (based on her individual values). Frugality prevents waste, which means there is more money available for the important or fun things in life.
Further reading: Frugality, What Is It Good For?
This set of pages will be continually updated with frugal tips and stories of how individuals implemented them. If you have a frugal practice to add (and especially if you can share a story), please email contact at gradstudentfinances dot org or leave a comment.
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