Don't assume frugal means cheap

Posted By: The Cheapest Skate in Frugality on 07/19/2007 at 23:01:12

I once saw a list of turnoffs listed by women on the dating scene. One of the first characteristics mentioned was when the guy was cheap, like really cheap. Ever since I read that article, I've been debating in my mind if there is a way to be frugal without having everyone call you cheap. I've concluded, unfortunately, that people usually just think you're cheap. But here's how you can explain the differences to someone and hopefully they'll be more open minded than the people I know.

If you're cheap, you miss out on living. You sit around and let your money pile up (minimal as it may be) without trying to enjoy yourself. As I've suggested in other entries, there are ways you can live your life, the way you have always wanted, without breaking the bank. If you are going to be frugal, you must be selective in when you travel, where you like to spend your time, and how you spend your money. It's as simple as that. The main difference is that with frugality, you actually spend your money. A cheap person doesn't take any of that to heart. They just go through life without taking the time to do anything that costs money, and then when they're old, they're likely lonely, with only their money to keep them company. If you need an imagine in your head of what a cheap person is, think of Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. In one episode he's offered eternal happiness for only $1. He muses to himself "I think I'd be happier with the dollar..."

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