I would put myself in the frugal camp rather than in the cheap camp. Frugality is the tendency to acquire goods and services in a restrained manner to achieve a long-term outcome (e.g. more savings and more money put towards things that matter to you, like for me, travel!). Remember, there is a clear line and distinction between being frugal and being cheap, they are not the same though most people assume they are, and frugality is a turn on whereas cheapness is not. If you’re not sure which camp you fall under, here is an Investopedia post on how to tell if you’re frugal or if you’re cheap.
These are my confessions….that are indicators I can be quite frugal at times:
Some of these are borderline embarrassing to share haha!
My television was free.
- The television set in my living room a small flat screen television that sits on top of my fireplace was free. My dad has a rental property where the tenant was moving out and didn’t want it anymore… so now it’s mine! It works great, it’s not a 60″ Sonia Bravia Smart 3D TV (is that even a thing? I just made it up) but it works for me!
My computer chair was $10.
- It’s not the most comfortable chair but it gets the job done. I didn’t want to pay $150+ to $250+ for a computer chair. I went to at a moving sale and I got the chair for $10. They even gave me an inkjet printer for free because they were having trouble getting rid of it. Admittedly, I think I still have it lying around somewhere because I prefer my laser printer over an inkjet printer.
I found a vacuum in my back alley once and sold it on Craigslist
- One time, I saw a “FREE” sign beside this Shark vacuum when I was driving home and I took it home. I cleaned it up and it worked fine. I had my eye on a Dyson vacuum instead and so sold the Shark vacuum on Craigslist for $60. Hahah.. who would do such a thing?! I would!
Most of my clothes are from warehouse sales or are bought at outlets
- Or are from clothes swaps. Actually some of my favourite and most worn pieces are clothing are from clothes swaps. One area where I draw the line is shopping at Value Village or thrift stores for clothes. I don’t know what it is, but I usually can’t find anything I like there. My friends always find great deals and great finds when they go thrift store shopping but I don’t have such luck unfortunately. I rarely shop in malls anymore… I mainly go to outlet malls or outlet stores. Also, I don’t mind buying out of season. For example, I bought a down jacket for $90 at a warehouse sale in the spring when the original price was $350.
I try to sell things on Craiglist
- Before I throw something away, I try and sell it on Craigslist. I’ve sold a lot of things on Craigslist, including my old hiking boots for $40, an old Sony alarm clock for $25, a pair of walkie talkies that I don’t use anymore for $25. I consider this my “extra” money and try and use this money towards something that I want but don’t really truly need. I think selling things on Craigslist is what most people try and do, so I don’t think it’s a big sign of frugality. I like to spring clean my way to extra money if I can help it.
So…there you have it. I think I am 7 or 8 out of 10 frugal.
Readers, do you have any frugal confessions? What would you rate your frugality level?