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There is nothing wrong with being "cheap."

It's been the subject of scrutiny and laughter for years. I do not see any issue with living cheaply. Why spend money on something new when the old works just fine? I get jokes thrown my way for still using a 5 year old phone. What is so funny? It's paid off and it still works fine. My desktop is from 2008 and is just fine. If it works why just throw it out for something new? Makes zero sense to me.

I get told often will you ever get a new car. Not anytime soon as it still runs and is in good condition for the age of it. Why? It's paid off and runs fine. Why make more bills if it's not needed?

Clothes I keep forever and shoes until they fall apart. I can sew and use fabric dye if repairs are needed.

I water down a lot of things also. This was something my mother did and I have inherited her habits.

I don't go to the doctors either unless I absolutely have to. I never go unless something is truly going wrong. I try to avoid large medical bills. This is another thing my mother did. When I was a kid it was that way. Nobody went anywhere unless there was not a choice. No doctor,dentist or anything unless it was an emergency.

I try to fix a lot of things myself also or create makeshift solutions if I cannot fix it.

The only thing I do not skimp on is when it comes to my cats. They eat like kings and get regular vet care.
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TheCaterpillar · 41-45, F
Nothing wrong with that do what's right for you
I completely agree!! I'm cheap until it comes to my cats.😆😽 They get lactose free milk and egg yolks mixed with sour cream. My vehicle is more than 20 years old and I like it!!😎
QueenandCrown · 36-40, F
I've been called cheap by someone who at the end of the month has to turn around and borrow money from me.
Many are living above their means, just to appear to be living a certain lifestyle to others.

It's your life. Live it as you please.
Asificair · M
Do you think theres a difference between being frugal and being cheap?
sciguy18 · M
People can live however they want.
That is awesome!
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
Many of us were brought up in hard times so we learned to make the best of everything we had.

If that meant darning holes in your socks or growing your own fruit and vegetables or recycling one thing for a different purpose, that’s what we did !

This ‘everything is disposable’ culture only came about with the advent of online shopping I think.
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
[@448576,Picklebobble2] I agree with you particularly on the growing your own food part. But be clever about it. Dont grow peasant crops. Grow the stuff you would need to pay dearly for as a luxury. A Lemon tree is a no brainer. I also have two lime trees, a Mandarin Orange and a passionfruit vine. All very low maintainance and insect proof. And Limes have a high swap value..
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
[@621893,whowasthatmaskedman] Yeah but I grow fruit and vegetables I can use !
Once something comes into bloom I pick it, wash it and freeze it for use throughout the year !
And any excess (sometimes you get bumper crops if conditions are right) I either give to neighbours or leave in a box at the front of the house with a sign saying ‘Help yourself’.
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
[@448576,Picklebobble2] I do the same things. But Potato, carrots and the like are always cheap and plentiful. I used to have an apple tress. But the parrots turned up every season a week before the tree was ready to pick. I learned. I grow the exotic and hard skinned stuff. Less work and a better Return.

 
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