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Old 02-07-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: MO->MI->CA->TX->MA
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.. your janitor drives a nicer and shinier car than you. (True story!)

What's yours?
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:33 PM
 
Location: On a Farm & by the sea
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When you are spending more than 30 minutes per day thinking about saving money. Living frugally, imho, is about enabling one to live a more fulfilling life pursuing their dreams. When the dream is replaced by an obsession about saving money, that is too far.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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1. squeezing restaurant condiment packets into your bottles at home

2. unrolling 2 ply toilet paper to make 2 rolls of 1 ply toilet paper.

3. washing sandwhich bags

4. never going out with friends.

5. never buying gifts for people
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: MO->MI->CA->TX->MA
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1. squeezing restaurant condiment packets into your bottles at home

2. unrolling 2 ply toilet paper to make 2 rolls of 1 ply toilet paper.

3. washing sandwhich bags

4. never going out with friends.

5. never buying gifts for people
1) No
2) No
3) Yes, I've done that on occasion.
4) No
5) No
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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When you are spending more than 30 minutes per day thinking about saving money. Living frugally, imho, is about enabling one to live a more fulfilling life pursuing their dreams. When the dream is replaced by an obsession about saving money, that is too far.
I think you contradicted yourself. A frugal person is one who NEVER thinks about saving money. It just comes naturally. Spending money feels like having your shoes on the wrong feet, and it's unfair to criticize someone for doing something that feels good and natural.

A frugal person is one who, if you invite him out to lunch, will still order the cheapest thing on the menu and pass on the dessert, because it makes him feel uncomfortable doing otherwise.
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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You wear clothing that is way too small or way too large because you have it and you don't want to spend money to buy other stuff.

Guilty (my show shoes are a mens size 10 and I wear a ladies size 8)

20yrsinBranson
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Back in COLORADO!!!
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1. squeezing restaurant condiment packets into your bottles at home

2. unrolling 2 ply toilet paper to make 2 rolls of 1 ply toilet paper.

3. washing sandwhich bags

4. never going out with friends.

5. never buying gifts for people
1. Guilty...
2. no
3.yes, that too.
4. no
5. no
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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.. your janitor drives a nicer and shinier car than you. (True story!)

What's yours?
Oh, hell no! The janitor just has more debt than I do by a mile!!!

All of my spare money is out working for me!
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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When you are spending more than 30 minutes per day thinking about saving money. Living frugally, imho, is about enabling one to live a more fulfilling life pursuing their dreams. When the dream is replaced by an obsession about saving money, that is too far.
I get what you are saying!

Like all things, it can become an obsession, and obsessions are generally unhealthy.

The goal should be good health; mental, physical, and fiscal.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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A frugal person is one who, if you invite him out to lunch, will still order the cheapest thing on the menu and pass on the dessert, because it makes him feel uncomfortable doing otherwise.
I disagree. That ^^^ sounds like a stingy person, and stingy is neither happy nor healthy.

The frugal person will order the dish that he/she finds to be both the healthiest and the most satisfying, while staying within his/her budget.
She will understand that it is OK to splurge once in awhile because she is so careful with her spending at all other times. He will order dessert, and offer to split it with his companion, knowing that this makes sense finacially and calorie-wise, but also realizing the life is too short to pass on dessert.
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