If you find yourself in a paycheck to paycheck situation, even though you might have a budget and have cut back on a lot of costs/expenses, then I highly recommend for the individual to find another stream of income OR a higher paying job. While also being wary of where their extra income goes and not letting lifestyle inflation get the best of them. Saving, in retrospect, is hard if you don’t make a certain amount of money on a monthly basis.
Now, saving is appropriate if you’re content with the amount of money you spend on a monthly basis and find room to save excess cash for future expenses, down payments, investments, etc.
Either way, both options are cool and necessary to reach FIRE