Staying on track with frugality can be a challenge (just as with any other endeavor), but the key is finding ways to stay motivated and focused. Here are some tips that can help you out when you feel like you need some focus:

Write it Down

It’s easier to stay on track when you have a clear vision of where you’re going and of your ultimate destination. Take the time to write down where you’ve been, where you are and where you wish to go. You can always refer to this when you want to track your progress or remind yourself what you’re saving for.

Think Positively

Look at your thriftiness as a game. How low can you go? How much can you save? How great do you feel when you overcome obstacles? With each small success it becomes easier. Feel confident that you are being a good role model, whether it’s for your children or for someone else who might be struggling. Remind yourself that you are being less wasteful. Think about the freedom and peace of mind you can enjoy, and the bragging rights that come with accomplishment. Be content with now and appreciate the difference between having what you want and wanting what you have.

Have Dessert

You won’t get very far in your efforts without the occasional treat. These “desserts” shouldn’t be big-ticket purchases, but small treats that feel like indulgences.

Find more advice and words of encouragement at Frugal Village’s Six ways to maintain frugal motivation.