Welcome to Sutton + Grove – a blog about intentional living from a frugalist and minimalist perspective.
We are a married couple in our 30s currently living abroad, working remotely, and enjoying a nomadic life.
I’m (Luke) the minimalist and Jill is the frugalist and together we unpack our thoughts and share our adventures on what we think it means and looks like to live a more intentional life.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND ON SUTTON + GROVE
MINIMAL LIVING – How and why I chose to live a minimalist life.
FRUGAL LIVING – How to be more frugal in your day-to-day activities.
DIY PROJECTS – Helpful guides to tap into your creative, thrifty side.
RESPONSIBLE FASHION & LIFESTYLE BRANDS – Connecting you with stylish businesses that care about the planet and those than live on it.
But first, we want to give you a quick idea of what you are getting yourself into on Sutton + Grove!
WHAT IS INTENTIONAL LIVING?
Intentional living is knowing why we do what we do.
Intentional living is crafting your life specifically in a way to bring you more happiness.
Being more intentional about your life means that you are committing yourself towards taking control over how you live, where you invest your time and where you spend your money!
Jill and I have been married for 8 years now and have come to realize that while we share many philosophies and intentionalities, at our cores we have a fundamental difference that affects everything we do.
FRUGALISM & MINIMALISM
Jill is a Frugalist and I am a Minimalist.
Frugalism is a way of life focused on not being wasteful and being mindful of how you spend your time and money in order to focus on the things that add value.
Minimalism is living with less and eliminating excess so you can focus on the things that add value.
Looking at it from the surface, they do have very similar attributes. Both have intentional living and desire to focus on things that add value at the core. Both aren’t into extravagant and lavish lifestyles. Both aren’t interested in excess. Both value necessity and whether you’re buying less, or spending less the end goal is to live intentionally and with what gives true value to life.
These are the shared similarities, where it gets clearly different is how these foundational values are perceived and lived out.
Take this example for instance:
When a minimalist wants to read a book. they will choose to purchases e-books, read online and may have a Kindle Unlimited Subscription.
A frugalist has shelves full of old books, will check books out from the library & buys books on sale.
Can you see the difference here? A minimalist may spend more money in order to have less clutter in their life. Less is more does not necessarily mean spending less money. A frugalist, on the other hand, hangs on to things that they may need or want down the road in order to be less wasteful or spend unnecessary money.
Jill and I have often butted heads on issues exactly like this book example. I would get rid of every book of ours regardless of memory or meaning and just have everything online. I have really good reasons for this as well! Ha.
Jill, on the other hand, has boxes of books that she values and old journals and notebooks because one day she may want to read them and she places value in these memories and she places value in not being wasteful and throwing them away in order to save money down the road.
I see the primary difference between minimalists and frugalists with waste and the different interpretations of the value of time.
BUT that’s enough for now, you get the idea.
Together we will unpack more of our thoughts and perspectives on the topic of minimalism and frugalism as well as:
- How we spend our money
- How we spend our time
You can read more of a breakdown analysis Jill wrote out | HOW TO COMPARE THE LIFE OF A MINIMALIST VS A FRUGALIST
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