The French have great word: la débrouille. It’s a noun, it’s a verb, it’s an idea is so entrenched in the French psyche that it can be reduced to a single letter as in the “system d”. It means finding a way do get things done, to make things work for you. The MacGyver of ideas.
The closer we have here would probably be “thinking outside the box”.
Whether we chose frugality as a way of life, we were forced into it by circumstances, or we grew up in a frugal family, we all have something in common: we have learnt how to adapt.
I am in the second category: I was forced into frugality. It’s the best thing that could ever happen to me even if it didn’t feel like that straight away.
In my previous, non-frugal life, the simple answer to most everyday issue was to go to the shop and get whatever was needed. The idea of re-purposing didn’t really cross my mind or, if it did, I just couldn’t be bothered.
Not the best nor the most clever attitude but I have learnt to adapt. It was a steep learning curve that I met, at first, with some resistance until I realised that instead of viewing it as a hardship I could see it as a way of being more creative. Instead of getting my wallet out to solve problems, I could find a way of getting around them.
All of a sudden everything changed, it became fun. Where, in the past I would have gone directly to the most convenient solution, I now feel a huge amount of pleasure in finding the most frugal yet satisfying one.