Sometimes people say I’m frugal. Sometimes they say “With the way you live, you’re ready for the missions field.” When my friend saw the first condominium I purchased she said “I admire your life style. Other married people would never live like this.”
What they’re all really saying is “You’re cheap.”
Recently I met a couple that was proud of their frugality. Up until then I had been pretty ashamed of my frugality but they showed me there is a lot of value in it. And this couple is generous with friends, just frugal with themselves.
Back in Boston my friend and I would talk about our cheapness. This friend would brag about how he could do a dinner party for ten on $10. I have to admit that I never noticed, I always enjoyed his dinner parties. Once I told him that I felt he was now cheaper than me and he was offended for days.
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