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1. 11 Ways To Be A Frugal Weirdo And Love It

[Frugal Woods] “Don’t be embarrassed by your frugality. Come out of the frugal closet and no longer fear uttering the words, “I’m too frugal for this shirt, too frugal for this car, too frugal for this dog, oh just too frugal.”

During the five years I’ve been curating Take 5, I’ve seen a lot of intense frugality, and this post was no exception. Some of the tips would be hard for me to follow (spend zero on entertainment, cut your own hair, never eat out), while others I’d embrace (examining “needs” vs. “wants,” doing things yourself, not caring what people think). Check out the post, then think about how far you’d go to do what this author does: save 71 cents of every dollar she makes.

2. Is Your Best Enough?

[Krant Cents] “Too often your past prevents you from success.  If you do not have the skills to succeed and fail constantly, you are unlikely to keep trying. Next step is giving up or failure.”

If you’re feeling unmotivated, give this one a read. It’s a brief description of how to define what it means to give your best, along with some advice on trying to do it daily.

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