Before I started writing one, I barely even looked at blogs. Most of my online experience was making website layouts, gaming and shopping. I still make layouts, but gave up the gaming and the shopping. With normal blogs you don't have to start reading from post #1, but with finance blogs, you really should. You miss out on some great advice if you don't.
I read an article from Poorer Than You posted in September, called "Does My Frugal Life Make Me Miserable?" which was a response to another blog article by Trent from The Simple Dollar, "The Backlash Against Frugality".
Basically, both articles were about living without expensive gadgets and new clothes.
I admit, I hate Goodwill. I'm an eccentric dresser and nothing they have fits my style, but I hardly ever buy clothes. I get one outfit every 6 months or so. I spend about $50-100 and they last a long time. I'm not an obsessive shoe shopper either. I've been wearing the same $40 Nike sneakers for 2 years and have two pairs of dress shoes that hardly get worn.
The part that annoyed me most was the iPhone. It's stupid to pay $2,000 for a cellphone. I have a cute LG Plum mp3/camera phone from AT&T that cost me $50, plus $18 for the 2GB microSD card and adaptor (I bought the card from Wal-mart because AT&T's ran $50 and up). The card adaptor is used to load files from my hard drive and it doubles as a jump drive. The camera takes very good pictures and video. There are several other features I don't even use, but I'm perfectly happy. For everything else, I have my computer.
Living without television might seem like masochism to some of you, but I have for 12 years, and I can easily say I don't miss it. The only shows worth watching for me are House, Dexter and Burn Notice. I learned about them from watching clips on the network websites and bought the DVDs. Pretty much everything I enjoy watching is on DVD. I choose when, where and how long to watch it and I can see it as many times as I want.
When you fork over that monthly fee for satellite or cable, you are being charged 100% for access to the channels, but you only watch 10% between all the worthless shows and advertisement. You might as well take the amount you would have paid for the privilege of that 10% and buy the DVDs. At least then it would be commercial free.
Frugal means finding more beneficial uses for your money. It doesn't have to mean deprivation.