To wrap up the series Misconceptions About Frugal Living, I thought I’d touch on the misconception that all frugal people are hippies. Not hippies in the free love, peace/love/happiness and ying yang sense. More like green living, touchy feely earth lovers. Is this true? Are frugal people more in touch with their green side?
First some background. I have cloth diapered my babies. I rarely buy commercial cleaning supplies and instead opt for vinegar and water for most cleaning duties. I hate how many paper towels my husband uses on a regular basis. I am not a fan of watering the lawn because I’d rather nature take care of that. If I can buy something reuseable instead of one time use I generally (not all the time though!) go for the reuseable option.
I do not consider myself green though. I’d love to be more green, but honestly the reason I do most of those things isn’t because of a deep passionate love of the earth. That’s certainly appealing to me (I’m not a total piece of trash! Pun totally intended), but if I said that was my primary motivation I’d be lying.
I am a hippie because I am frugal, and not the other way around.
This is also why we don’t buy organic, it’s just too much money and I’m not passionate enough about it to cough up the extra change.
Now if I’m confronted with 2 options and the cost difference is not a factor, I do tend to go for the greener option.
I’m not sure if I’d consider this a true misconception though. I think that green living and simplicity tends to be more of a byproduct of frugality then the driving influence. At least in my case. I know many green living folks who by no means could ever be considered frugal and vice versa.
I am curious what you think though? Are you more of a “hippy” because you are frugal? Or are you a hippy and that makes you a bit frugal? Talk to me in the comments.