Friday, January 8, 2010

A Confession

I need to make a confession. My thriftiness is being challenged daily. Sometimes it is a struggle to stay focused and I have to defend my frugal ways. I have a critic. His name is Mr. thriftygal (I would have called him 'thriftyguy', but that would have been a misnomer!) He is not a spendthrift, but he will readily pay a premium for what he defines as 'less hassle'. He'd rather buy something right then and there than shop around or get creative. And sometimes it drives me nuts!

I guess it boils down to the way he was raised. None of his family is wasteful, but they like to enjoy life by spending on not unnecessary, yet top quality stuff. I get envious when I read about the frugal spouses of other bloggers, but I'm learning to see him as giving me balance. I do tend to get carried away sometimes with my new preoccupation!

 Do you feel the need to defend your frugality? Do you have a Mr. thriftygal equivalent? How do you deal with them?

5 comments:

  1. Luckily, the significant other and I think pretty much exactly a like. We play fun frugal games all the time. :)

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  2. I'm the frugal one in my marriage, even though my husband has come around quite a bit over the years. I also blog on frugality, simple living, saving money, et.. so I'm pretty serious about it. My biggest challenge is my husband's loyalty to certain name brands. We could save so much more money if we could buy more generic brands. Like you mentioned in your post, I'm learning to see that the balance is good for me. He's more of a spendthrift and I'm more of a saver. We complement each other quite well. But yes, it is challenging and I'm sure I'm challening to him as well! :)

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  3. @Samurai:
    you're indeed lucky Samurai. It's much better to have a companion in any endeavor.

    @Anonymous:
    I'd love to read your views on frugality and saving money. Too bad you didn't leave a link to your blog!

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  4. Hi Thrifty Gal,
    Im happy to give you a link to my blog. It's www.redefiningthemeaningofwealth.com

    I just found your blog last night and am enjoying reading it. I'm also lookig for like-minded sites to link to, so if you don't mind I'd like to list your site on mine.

    Paige

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  5. @Paige: Thanks for visiting my blog. I would be honored to be on your blogroll:) It is a rarity to find someone who defines wealth beyond money. I am guilty of that sometimes myself. I hope you'll find my posts interesting and that we'll be able to support each other in our blogging endeavors.

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