I’ve been a penny pincher all of my adult life. Even in times of plenty I’m using coupons and comparing prices. I make every attempt to get the most bang for my buck. Is that so wrong? I consider it all part of my charm. Although it sometimes drives my husband crazy, he does have to admit that, in the end, my tightwad ways do have their benefits. Such as:
- We can afford for me to work from home.
- We are not wasteful consumers so it is a way for us to contribute to green living.
- We have managed to maintain an emergency fund because no one knows what tomorrow may bring.
- We may actually be able to retire before we’re eighty.
- When we want to splurge on luxury we can afford to and don’t have to feel guilty.
- We are not enslaved by the compulsion to have certain things.
For me, this has just been a part of my own identity. My grandfather survived the Great Depression and the privations of World War II. He was an extremely frugal man. However, he and my grandmother lived well so I never thought about his lifestyle as frugal. I always considered him a thoughtful man who tended and cared for things so that they never broke or needed replacing. I thought he was a hobby gardener who enjoyed tilling the earth and eating its bounty. [Read more…]