I just got back from a trip to my local grocery store where I saved 74% off my total bill. This is a new personal high for me and one that I thoroughly savored. Some people might be quick to dismiss such financial acrobatics but I really had a good time. My six-year-old was with me and she helped with the coupons and did all the bagging which made it fun for both of us. After 17 years of following the “Your Money or Your Life” program, I’ve observed that the activities I really enjoy doing often save me money too. I like cutting my family’s hair, gardening, refinishing furniture, cooking — and yes, even grocery shopping. I have added an element of fun to each of these household tasks by mentally calculating how much I’m saving. For example, I like to eat well but often think of how much money I’ve saved by preparing a meal at home instead of taking my family of four out to eat. This is why I can truthfully tell journalists that I never feel a sense of deprivation by choosing this lifestyle. Instead, I feel smart, self-reliant and free.