What I Learned About Frugal Living From Being Broke

During the years I attended college, and shortly afterward, when I was about 21-22 years old, I was flat out broke. 

I was living in the middle of a big city all by myself and paying my bills on a server's salary. I had zero savings and was living paycheck to paycheck just to get by; frugal living was a necessity. 

These are 10 frugal lessons I learned from being flat out broke:

I Can Live Without Things, But Not Without People

Surprisingly enough, my biggest problem was not that I had practically no money or objects to my name, but that I had virtually no friends. Meeting people in a big city is hard, especially if you don't have the money to hang out in bars, museums, or wherever else you go to meet people. 

Living Above Your Means Is Even More Stressful Than It Is Stupid

Working just to live is exhausting. At some point it just became silly. I couldn't even afford to go out and do any of the stupid fun things that the kids my age were doing. Why was I punishing myself and my finances when I had a warm, comfortable, and (most importantly) free home to go live in? 

Frugal Things Are Fun Too

I had three main sources of entertainment when I lived in the city: people watching, going to the library, and feeding the ducks. I was basically an 80-year-old man trapped in a 22-year-old girl's body.