How to go from this:
Why live frugally? First, because it allows you to spend less than you earn, and use the difference to pay off debt, save or invest. Or all three. Second, because the less you spend, the less you need to earn. And that means you can choose to work less, or work more but retire early. Or take mini retirements. You have more options with a frugal lifestyle.
I know what I’m going to hear in the comments, because it’s been done repeatedly with my other frugal articles: I have no life. This is boring. I might as well live in a box. You have to enjoy life sometimes.
All of which you might believe, but I believe I do have a life. A great one. One where I spend time with my family, where I have conversations and read and get outside and do things that are fun and exercise and focus on what’s important and spend my free time the way I want. This is a good life. Read this article for more. from here: http://zenhabits.net/2007/08/the-cheapskate-guide-50-tips-for-frugal-living/
Great tips from a grad student on a tight budget:
Extreme saving- Cheapest family in America Story (with some really good tips). Even if I don’t go this extreme there are a lot of interesting ways to live frugally in this article.