Frugal: When Worlds Collide

Posted on January 20th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

I like to live my life frugal. I only play free games online. I rack up my Bing points for gift cards and use them for birthdays and holidays. I’m currently starting out as a couponer. I’m even signed up for Groupon and Amazon Local to see what under-priced deals are in my community.

Not all people feel the way I do. They don’t understand that we don’t have credit cards, use coupons, and like to grow our own vegetables when possible. This has, in the past, made for some awkward outings. There are a few ways however to help our un-thrifty-divas to live in harmony with our frugal ways. In time they may even embrace them.

Let Them Know Ahead Of Time

When I go out to eat with a friend I let them know ahead of time that I have a coupon. For one reason or another it can be weird to produce a coupon inside a restaurant without prior notice. However, when I mention that I have a coupon for a two for one pricing on an appetizer while we are still in the car, my friends are more than happy to reap the benefit of my frugal ways.

Tell Them What It Cost

I have a friend who used to refuse the idea of buying anything from a thrift store. It wasn’t that she had more money to spend. She just hated the idea of wearing other people’s clothing. That was until she kept noticing my outfits and how cute they were. I would tell her the cost, proud of my bargain finding ways. The day I told her my dress only cost me twenty five cents was the day she changed her tune.

Worth It

I let my friends know that while I am frugal, there are some things that are worth spending money on. A family vacation is worth it. So are doctor visits, the right kind of car seat, and chocolate. Letting my friends know that my frugal spending isn’t just about saving money, but about spending it on the right things puts my thrifty diva ways into a new light.


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