Living frugally is not a different word for not buying anything. It does mean, however, that you get things that last. You need to look for things that are built in a quality way. If you see a wanted item, in two places, and one of them is shabbily built, the decision should be made to buy the other one, if the purchase has to happen.
A budget is something to create and follow. Everything that is normal, such as bills, rent, utilities, insurances, clubs, trade associations, everything should be written down. In order to control the costs of your life, you need to know what they are. Living frugally means a mind set that keeps track of everything.
Stop buying produce when it is out of season as this increases the price. Start looking for coupons, but do it smartly. Find store coupons, not regular coupons for national brands. These coupons offer discounts off of name brands which are already too high for most frugal budgets.
Start taking your produce buying to local farm markets. These are located out by the farms in your area and can often make good deals if you get there right at the end of their day. For those things you do not buy from them, such as meat, check in the day old section of your local grocery store meat department.
Using a bulk foods store, if done effectively, can be a good value for you. The problem is you must buy only those things on your shopping list. If you buy things that look good and then do not use them, they are a waste. If you plan your meals and take that list to the store, it is as important and helpful as the budget you devise.
Living this ways means you still have the day to day necessities and a few of the luxuries. This also means you have a washer and dryer. This is critical as clothes tend to wear out slower when they are cleaned regularly. Save money by using cold water and the detergents that are formulated for this temperature.
Living a frugal way means you get the best quality you can afford. This goes for all of the purchases you make and about your life. Buy the things you really need and those things that will assist you in accomplishing your goals, privately and or professionally. The decisions you make, with the help of a book with this title, should not impact your pocket book negatively.