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Old 04-17-2024, 07:08 AM
 
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if i had to choose between "exotic cruise" and "going camping"
i would pick camping every time


there are plenty of people who know how to be happy and enjoy life and yes have fun without "exotic travel" and yes without spending a lot of money. Being able to save and live within their means, is a sign of stability and being responsible, and not needing to spend loads of money on a bunch of material stuff to be happy.
People spend A LOT on experiences these days. But spending more does not mean more enjoyment. As a child I remember some great camping trips. They were often more fun than some resorts we went to.
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Old 05-09-2024, 11:16 AM
 
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Single guy here and all I do is save money. I'm frugal but also don't even find things I want to spend money on. I don't care about cars. I don't go out and drink at bars anymore. I have everything I want for my house. I don't buy clothes. My hobbies are cheap or free. Is this normal?
It's who you are and you're normal.

My friend is like this too. He's single and can afford anything he wants, but there's nothing he wants to buy and nowhere he wants to go. He doesn't want the latest smartphone, a new laptop, gadgets, a new car or 2 or 3, traveling, new clothes, bars, clubs, museums, shopping, Disneyland, Hawaii, NY, a barbecue grill, camping, cruises, taking classes for fun.

All he needs is his computer to work and watch sports.

On the weekends, he goes out walking (free), sometimes drives up to a hill to watch the stars (also free), and tinkers with old computers.
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Old 05-09-2024, 01:00 PM
 
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But you DO spend money. High end clothes are "goofy", but "cool heated floors" are not?

Too funny. What YOU spend money on is good. What other people spend it on, is somehow less worthy.
Just saw this response.

Yes, I do spend and I do acknowledge that what I consider goofy, others don't. That's all good. Others can call my heated floor goofy. I take no offense. But let's also note that my new kitchen and additional bath (did I mention it has heated floors!) are an investment. I will not lose money on that, it will increase the price of my home.

So yeah, I believe what I spend money on is not goofy but it is just an opinion. I have not desire to look wealthy. And I say with utmost confidence that the vast majority of people driving in their Lexi (plural of lexus??) with their Fendi shoes have a much lower net worth than I do. I'll wear my sweats and crocs to Walmart while they go to wherever they go to feel good about themselves. I guess that's my point, I don't need to show society anything, the goofy clothes wearers do. But hey, to each their own.

Best to you.

Edit: and the above is common for me. I make investments rather than buy things to signal something to society. That is why I have what I have, because I make good choices, and I've been making good choices for many many years. That, along with sacrifice, dedication, discipline, a little luck, and some other things sprinkled in has ensured a good financial position for my family, which is whom I do this all for. I don't care about much but I will take care of my family. So my wife can do her thing without being bound to an a hole boss and my kid can start or buy a business, or continue on with real estate, or whatever. I believe it is more admirable to live that way than to shower myself with goofy luxuries that signals my wealth. Again, just me and everyone else should do what they thing is best for them. I am content that when I die, my family will be well taken care of and will hopefully build on what I did and what my parents did for me.

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Old 05-21-2024, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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You don't have to buy things. Why not use some money on travel and experiences?
Or donate to worthy charities?
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Old 05-21-2024, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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i would think he would be considered "a catch" from a prospective mate's point of view because he is able to save, and he lives simply. Those to me are very positive attributes. He said he saves money and does not spend it on a lot of stuff. I think that is a very desirable trait. Plus he is not into cars and bars. More good traits. He states he has hobbies. So he is not miserable or bored or complaining.
I would argue that they are not a catch. Some people don’t want to spend their lives living on the cheap and if they have extra money would spend it on experiences .
This person has an excess of money and just banks it. If they are not complaining, why bring the whole subject up on this forum. I would suspect they know they might be a little to tight if they brought it up.
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Old 05-21-2024, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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Ha ha, welcome to cd, home of the humble braggers.
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Old 05-24-2024, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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I consider someone like that a catch. They are content with what they have which is a virtue to be admired. I don't think of it as "living on the cheap" but maybe I naturally enjoy things which are free, such as nature. As a Nepo Baby, I've never admired my greedy family who are never satisfied. We had everything but we had nothing. I now have everything, emotionally and physically.
It’s a matter of degrees. I’m in the middle. I spend but like to always know I have enough savings to be safe.
My last gf was all about spend while you have it. You might not be around tomorrow and I get that.
I even have a few friends that have commented on how cheap I am. For me I can get a great steak dinner at Texas Roadhouse for 20 bucks or so. Spending 100 on a steak dinner doesn’t sit well with me so they consider me cheap because I can afford it. Yes. I can, but I’m all about value.
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Old 05-24-2024, 11:44 AM
 
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I consider someone like that a catch. They are content with what they have which is a virtue to be admired. I don't think of it as "living on the cheap" but maybe I naturally enjoy things which are free, such as nature.

Imagine any male posting on a dating site that they are frugal and spend next to nothing because they are content with what they have. Unless the male is extremely good-looking the chances of women responding to that ad is almost next to nothing. Frugality is not a quality most young women or even middle aged women are looking for in males. IMO women only become frugal when they have kids and have a mortgage.

Frugal men outnumber frugal women by a wide margin.
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Old 05-24-2024, 11:47 AM
 
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All he needs is his computer to work and watch sports.

On the weekends, he goes out walking (free), sometimes drives up to a hill to watch the stars (also free), and tinkers with old computers.
I don't think most women would be interested in someone like this who's low maintenance and spends next to nothing and saving the majority of his income.
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Old 05-24-2024, 12:30 PM
 
Location: South Raleigh
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There is a huge difference between having the desire to buy things and simply buying what you want or need.

And just because someone saves most of his money doesn't mean he wouldn't spend it if he wanted to or needed to.

It is actually a very nice place to be.

I save a the majority of my income and have everything I want or need. I'd be happy to spend that money on the right woman. Except that it wouldn't be a woman who simply wants to spend money.

I suspect that those who choose not to live within their means, or who want to spend money, will not be so comfortable in retirement.
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