Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Pinch

Some people find that having less money than average is hard. They wish they could afford those jeans for their children. They buy all the pink sticker items at Superstore, even if they don't usually eat 12 cucumbers in a week. They drive 20 minutes across town to buy 20 cans of the tuna that is on sale at 4 for $3. That's a savings of at least 15%, you know. They feel the pinch.

I've been discovering this attitude lately. A few people very close to me grew up with very little, and knew it. "Being poor" was always a restricting factor, to hear them talk. They remember scrimping and saving to buy the things that everybody else seemed to be able to buy easily. Life was hard, and would have been easier if they had just a little more money.

Seeing this attitute at work made me realize one thing. I can't think that way.

For me, frugality is a sort of game you play, even if you don't have to. You buy on sale, trying to make the grocery money stretch as far as possible, even if there is lots to spend. You rejoice when Lindor chocolates are marked down after Christmas. You make your curtains yourself, re-purposing fabric from another project. Your coffee table used to be something else; you're not sure what, but the top was only 4$ at Value Village, and the legs were on an old side table someone was giving away at just the right moment. Your favorite shades are sometimes someone else's mis-tints. You "buy used, and save the difference," as Michelle Duggar says.

And all the while, you feel terribly thrifty, honing your money-saving skills every chance you get.
Life isn't about how little you have, it's about how much you can do with what you do have!
Don't pinch me.

Does anyone care that the dress was borrowed? She's fabulous!


  1. don't forget being able to eat food that you raise and grow yourself, to some it seams like "too much" work but it's so rewarding eating the fruits of your labor! Bonus you save bunches on groceries and gas to get to it!