This is the very first post of my blog, cheapnik, a culture of cheap.
Frugal is in nowadays. It is because of necessity to a more global population in the same rough economy. More people have been hit with layoffs and job insecurity than ever in my lifetime. The cost of living is sky high and going even higher. Medical expenses, especially insurance is a dangerous arena due to multiple reasons including political involvement. There are a lot of things up in the air at this time for a lot of people making what was once stable ground seem a bit shaky.
Somehow I lost my frugal way, which had been who I was for the majority of my life. The past 15 years have been a mountainous path of ups and downs, the downs getting pretty low. I abandoned or maybe I should say stopped paying attention to the financial habits and ways of living that had kept me viable for so long. And just ran amuck.
Now I am in debt on two credit cards, have no back up money, no stockpile and the light in the tunnel is pretty dim. Going into this new year, I decided will not be like last year or years before. I am going to make a conscious effort to fix all this. Even though, I have not been practicing what I know, I haven’t completely forgot how to be frugal and can build on that going forward. The blog will be a way to keep myself accountable.
cheapnik is the name of the blog. I was making a play on the word beatnik which means: : a person who participated in a social movement of the 1950s and early 1960s which stressed artistic self-expression and the rejection of the mores of conventional society; broadly : a usually young and artistic person who rejects the mores of conventional society. (Merriam-Webster)
This fits what I am trying to achieve. I want to express myself through creativity in the ways I find to be frugal and reject the conventional “keeping up with Jones’ stereotype” and the nouveau frugal who spend money to be frugal and treat it more as a fad at this time and not as a lifestyle. I am going to live in “my culture” of being creatively frugal and saving money, but not going to an extreme or living my life by frugal rules that can’t be broken. Who says it can’t be fun also?! I like to do things my own way and in my own style, I think you might too. So …come on, let’s color outside some lines!!
Cheap, artistic, self expression: cheapnik.
I hope to have readers who will cheer me on or offer encouragement to get back up after a failure. Yes, I know already I will fail at times, because I am certainly not perfect. I expect to try out a lot of things, so everything can’t possibly succeed. In trying different things, I will be a success in keeping the things that work and working them. And letting the things that don’t work go.
I don’t intend to have affiliate links all over the place. In looking at some other blogs, I couldn’t get to the content for this reason. And it was good content, but hard to see.
I may have some links later on at some point, but they would be links within a post and specifically pertaining to something I was writing about in that post. I am thinking maybe Amazon links since I shop Amazon all the time. But later, we will see…maybe. I would rather focus on documenting the things I am doing, being accountable and making progress. I also want to offer meaningful content for those people who do stop by.
So if you happen to be someone who read this whole post, thank you. I hope you will join me in my journey (officially starting in 2015) and post comments when you have something to add. I would love to hear from you, even if you just want to say Hi.
Keep coloring outside the lines,