Did you ever see James Franco in Freaks and Geeks? His character, Daniel, is the ultimate high school rebel. He’s cool, doesn’t care what anyone says, and he thinks outside the box in order to avoid what everyone else is doing.
My favorite scene is where he skips out on a boring school assembly to leave school, cause ruckus with his buddies, and he invites the goody- too- shoes, Lindsey, to escape the school assembly with him. He doesn’t worry about getting caught. All he knows is that he isn’t going to sit around like everyone else. He’s doing things his way, and he invites the cute smart girl with the rebel streak to join him.
I think I like this scene the best because it’s a really cool analogy for my life story with Jacob.
You see, Jacob is James Franco in our story together. He is the rebel. Not the kind of rebel that gets in a lot of trouble. No, the kind of rebel that goes against mainstream thinking and living life like a sheep. He’s a frugal freak that questions every conventional idea about spend money, and then chooses the best path, regardless of whether other people agree or think he’s nuts.
Then there’s me. The girl who did everything by the book to fit in with the crowd. I was the goody- too-shoes, but Jacob saw my rebellious potential (and maybe a bit more?), so one day he invited me to join him.
When I first started dating Jacob, I was unaware of his frugal habits. We had been hanging out quite a bit, so I practically demanded that he take me on a date. To my delight, he planned a picnic at the park followed by an adventure on a trail in the woods.
Was his priority on this first date to plan a romantic dinner and evening walk? In retrospect, I think not! It was a frugal freak move. Perhaps he did want a special night together, but more than that he wanted to spend time with me without spending money! What a rebel.
Ever since then, we’ve been thinking through every money situation and making the decision that makes the most sense, not the decision we are pressured to make by societal norms.
Why frugal freaks are the ultimate rebels
When you say the word rebel most people associate it with a negative connotation. However, we’re here to encourage you to be a frugal rebel – and here’s why:
1. Frugal freaks don’t have debt: Rebel against the mainstream ideas that you have to drive fancy cars, have a huge mortgage, buy expensive clothes, and eat out all the time. If you learn to cut out all of these drivers of debt, you’ll be debt free in no time.
2. Frugal freaks are free: Once you’re debt free, you regain control of your life. You will no longer be a slave to corporate America, and you’ll be free to pursue what you really love- whatever that may be.
3. Frugal freaks are creative: Individuals like us do all kinds of crazy stuff to save a dime. Anywhere from joining clubs in college just for the free food to buying 20 lbs of bacon because it’s only $1.69 per lb. And guess what, our frugal tendencies are what enable us to buy in bulk and save. The money keeps growing thanks to frugality.
4. Frugal freaks have massive nest eggs: Once frugal freak rebels pay off their debt, they then start saving and investing a huge percentage of their earnings. This results in a sizable nest egg. Many frugal people are millionaires. It’s not new knowledge, and it’s what made a buzz in The Millionaire Next Door.
5. Frugal freaks learn how to do the coolest stuff: They learn how to save money by making their own food, cleaning products, and hygiene products. They also learn how to fix their own cars, cut their own hair, and plant their own gardens. They figure out how to travel for cheap, entertain themselves by reading and writing, and where to find the best deals on almost everything. Frugal freaks are also thrift store and garage sale junkies. Macklemore has nothin’ on us!
6. Frugal freaks are smart: Frugal freak rebels don’t just go with the flow or mindlessly do what everyone else is doing. Instead, they take the time to analyze situations and decisions. They do this by researching a topic, learning from the experts, considering the options, and then implementing what they learn into their lives.
7. Frugal freaks win in the end. In the end, we just don’t get caught up in the spend- accumulate-die cycle like the rest of the world. Instead, they take control of their spending, eliminate their debt, find their passion, and live full and rich lives free from the constraints of money problems.
So now that you know why frugal freaks are the ultimate rebels, go ahead and get your frugal freak on. It’s time to join the rebels.