We saw an article which was called, “20 Signs That You Might Be A Cheapskate.” The article intrigued us, because to us a cheapskate is a bad thing to be, but at least to us, the article was just describing ways to be frugal and to save money. We looked through the list and have picked out a few of the best “signs” that you want to save money.
1. “You don’t have cable. Your viewing, if you watch television at all, is done via an internet subscription service or even a rabbit ear antenna on top of the TV.” This is true, for us; we recently got a Netflix account which our whole family can use. We hardly watch anything at all so why would we want cable?
2. “If something breaks, you try to fix it. If it must be replaced or purchased, you always look for a used version first before doling out the money for a new one.” Yes…yes. Of course, if something breaks, you first try to fix it and yes, if you can get a good used one which will serve your purpose, isn’t that just being smart?
3. “You are outraged at the idea of spending $18 on a jug of laundry detergent because you could make a year’s supply for that amount of money.” Well, actually, we do make our own laundry detergent. It is not only less expensive (cheaper), but it smells better and cleans just as well. Of course, we aren’t “outraged” at expensive laundry detergent; we just aren’t going to spend money on it if we can help it.
To us, these three things just mean saving money. We always thought that a cheapskate was a stingy and selfish person, who would rather mooch off of others than spend a penny.
In any case, check out the article, because if you’re on a tight budget, you might get some good ideas for saving money ;)