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Where are the cheap people?..... like us LOL

April 9th, 2008 at 01:49 pm

I was reading people's responses to "Why do you blog?" by Dickyman. And some people said there's no frugal people around them. Come to think of it, it applies to me as well. I don't have anybody around me I can talk about personal finances. I searched all kinds of frugal living website, and ended up being here because this site was the most real and I found people who share similar point of view with me.

But, really, where are frugal people? Where do they hide? Are they ashamed to be called "cheap"? Are we the only ones who care about saving?

I know my friends' eyes get glazed when I talk about finance. I experienced people just laugh at me when I suggest clipping coupons. So, I simply stopped talking about these things in front of people. I know, in this forum, I can brag about how little I paid for things, or nothing at all. I feel safe talking about my "hobby" without being criticized or laughed at. Maybe, that's why I blog here.

I guess some people just don't understand the concept of "saving." I save because I don't like being broke, and I have nobody I can ask for the money.

I clip coupons because I think it's ridiculous to pay full price when I have other means to substitute the payment. Manufactures book coupons as promotional expense, and consumers are paying for it. If we don't utilize coupons, we are paying premium for the products we buy. I know we can afford regular price as our gross income is over 100K and there's only three of us in the family, but I choose not to waste our hard earned money. I'd rather spend the money to save for DD's 529 or something more meaningful, such as visiting museums, or taking family trips. Plus, as you all know, it's not how much you make, but how much you save.







9 Responses to “Where are the cheap people?..... like us LOL”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yeah, where ARE they hiding?

    I seem to be in a rather small demographic.... 30's, male, likes frugality. In my age bracket, most men are more interested in investing. That part does get the occasional air time, but when it comes to frugality, everything comes to a screeching halt!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    My family members have started bragging about my being so on top of our budget, which makes me both embarrassed (for the reasons you mention) and pleased. So far, however, despite a few "wow, that's greats" (sincere or not I can't tell), it hasn't flushed out any others who are trying to live like this. I do know one openly frugal woman but I never get to hang out with her (us: no car. Her: 2 small kids.)

  3. reginaastralis Says:

    Yeah ... people just look at me with a blank stare ...

    I wish I had more people to talk about saving money in "real life" ... but in my age bracket ... I think it doesn't exist.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    My husband likes the frugality most of the time, and I brag about bargains to him. But my friends? Only one can stand any money talk--and she's my garage sale buddy who still reminds me of the fabulous blender I got for a quarter!

    Most of the time I just shut up about it.
    But today the grocery checker rolled her eyes at me when I brought my own bags--which is part ecological and part frugality, and I almost called her on her attitude.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    So come join me in my world. I know tons of frugal folks.

  6. Ima saver Says:

    I don't know any frugal people at all. My husband is the only one I can talk to about it but he still calls me cheap! However, he likes the fact that he can buy new cars whenever he wants!

  7. Maismom Says:

    Ima,
    That's the beauty of being "cheap", buying new cars whenever you want! How many people can actually do that??

  8. homebody Says:

    My sisters are both frugal, we discuss it a lot on the phone (both live in other states). My 27 year old daughter loves a bargain and is pretty frugal too.

  9. managinglife Says:

    I love being frugal! I do have one girlfriend who is like me. She and I have great conversations on saving money on utilities, clothes, food and finding higher interest rates on our saving accounts. I do get blank looks from others when I discuss how much money I've saved lowering our electric bill ($55 compared to their $300) during last summer's heat wave. I say we unite and proudly fly our emergency fund bank statements showing we are on our way to the path of debt freedom!

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