Thrifty or Cheapskate?

Posted: March 28, 2015 in Articles
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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 ;)

Today while driving we saw a car with a couple of interesting bumper stickers on it. On one side of the car, there was a “Peace Love Rescue”  sticker. On the other side there was a “My German Shepherd ate your Stick Family” sticker.

mygermanshepherdateyourstickfamilyWe thought it was funny because the picture behind the words “peace” and “love” don’t really conjure up the same picture as a dog eating up a family.

We are seeing more and more of these bumper stickers and we realized that we aren’t the only people who don’t care for the stick families on the backs of people’s cars.

Only difference is that we understand those stick figures are meaningful and dear to others and we don’t care to mock them.

What do you think? Is it all just in good fun?


The person who has never been angry at another person does not exist. Dink and I (and other siblings in the household) on occasion do “have a fight” and get angry with one another. The funny thing is what we do when we are mad at the other person.

Frequently, the thing I say in my mind is, “That does it. I am never going to talk to him again”, or “I’m not going to let him use any of my things ever again”.

Does everyone do this?

Also, after I have made my pledges, it isn’t even a couple of hours before we’ve made up and we are going on just as usual.

It’s a funny thing. It just doesn’t matter in the end, but at the moment of anger, you could just deprive the other person of everything :)

Not only that, but when you think about some of the things you get angry about and then you think about something going wrong and someone you actually love getting hurt, you couldn’t care less about those ridiculously small things getting you angry.

That must be what some people call “keeping the right perspective”.

Anyway, just some random thoughts as I was driving in the car today.

We’re sure most everyone has noticed the little triangles on all plastic bottles and containers of various types, and you’ve probably also noticed that they have numbers in them. We haven’t really paid too much attention to them, but today we saw an article that explains what the various numbers inside those triangles mean.

Basically, they tell what the plastic is made out of or contains, and using the numbers you can tell which bottles you might want to stay away from. The numbers are 1 through 7, and certain numbers are better than others. This is the list:

1 in a triangle means the plastic contains: PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate). That’s not good!

The number 2 means the plastic contains: HDPE (High Density Polyethylene). That is good.

3 means: PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). Not good.

4: LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene). Good.

5: PP (Polypropylene). Good.

6: PS (Polystyrene/styrofoam). Not good.

The number 7 is just a category for all other materials, and is to be avoided.

Anyway, after we read the article, we hurriedly collected a whole bunch of bottles in our home and checked the numbers on the bottom. To our dismay, we saw that the vast majority of triangles had the number “1” in them. A few had various other numbers, though, such as 2, 5, and 7. For the most part, though, the bottles we had were made of bad materials.

It’s definitely something to think about. I suppose, if possible, get other brands that use good plastics, but I think it would be impossible to get safe plastic containers with everything you buy. I’m just guessing that the number 1 material is cheap to make, which is why so many people use it.

Where we live, the weather is getting warmer, and it’s nice to be outside again. Recently with the beautiful weather I’ve just wanted to pretty much stay outside all day, which is why we’ve been publishing less on the blog. In addition to that, we’re spending more time building raised beds for the garden and chopping wood, and the total effect is that the publishing rate of our blog goes down.

If the publishing continues to be slim, we’re sorry, and we’ll make sure that if we have anything to write, we shall. But after all, if your weather is anything like ours and you are anything like us, you won’t really have time to read a blog anyway :) Enjoy spring!