Cynthia Yates knows from experience how important it is to live frugally. She offers a wonderful explanation of what it means to be frugal:
"Frugal is not trimming your wicks and living in a cave. Frugal is not eating gruel. Frugal is not walking around saying 'Woe is me' or being some type of tightfisted grump.
"Frugal is being able to enjoy your surroundings. Frugal is making the most out of what you have. Frugal is rejoicing. The Bible says that in all things rejoice. Frugal is rejoicing in the blessings that He has given you-even if it's a broken down clunker. It is being so joyful to know Him and to make Him known to others around you. Frugal is smart above all things. It is the wise use and care of things around us, including time and finances."
When you consider your financial situation, you are the one who chooses what attitude to take. And choosing to have a good attitude brings honor to God. Looking at the above descriptions of frugal, which words best describe the attitude that you take when it comes to budgeting your money?
"The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment" (Proverbs 10:16).
"But godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Timothy 6:6).