If somebody would ask my husband if he thought I was cheap, he would probably say, “Yes.” It’s not like he would say it in an attempt to hurt my feelings or be disrespectful, but because it’s basically the truth.
There are times when me being cheap has really gotten us some amazing deals: cheap moving boxes, cheap meals, cheap home improvement supplies. There a couple things about being cheap that are of the utmost importance.
A substitute is okay. There is very little in my life where I have to have exactly what I am envisioning. This is literally what lends itself to my cheapness (or, as I like to put it, my frugality). For instance, if I am making a recipe and it calls for some sort of uber expensive parmesan cheese combination, and a teeny tiny block of it costs like seventeen bucks, than heck no am I going to buy it! Instead, I will use the cheap shaker of Parmesan cheese, or not even use the parmesan cheese at all if there are other cheeses being used as well. I mean, a different kind of parmesan cheese is not going to ruin the meal. It’s just not. And that extra fifteen bucks I just saved we can set aside to go towards a meal out- that wont need to be charged to the credit card. Or, quite simply, I’m going to Google “cheap moving boxes” instead of going out and dropping massive amounts of money on something that is easily accessible and overpriced because of it.
The best doesn’t have to be the best. I know many people that think their children deserve brand new everything, and that there should be extras so everyone can have their own. Well, that’s all well and good. At the same time, these kids are growing up listening to their parents gripe about how poor they are and having their heads bit off when they ask to go out for icecream. I have saved literally thousands of dollars by shopping clearance or second hand for my kids. Where did all of those other thousands go? Not onto a credit card, for one! Not needing to spend top dollar really opens up a pathway for peace in the family.
So here’s a suggestion, the next time you are moving, think “cheap moving boxes”. The next time you go grocery shopping think “cheap alternatives”, and the next time its time to restock your kids’ seasonal wardrobes, think “cheap for now, more for later.” Works every time.