Is it chic to be cheap? I think so, at least in moderation. The past few years has certainly given me a whole new appreciation for frugality. A frugal or cheap life is easy on the planet, my wallet, and when done right, on my stress levels. It feels good to need less and leave less of a footprint.
Speaking of cheapness and frugality, is there a difference between the two? They seem to be used interchangeably online, but I did some research to find out before writing my latest quiz. It turns out that frugality means economizing resources and funds, while cheap means getting the lowest price you can. So it’s totally possible to be one, both, or neither. I’m probably more frugal than cheap, but like everyone, I like a good bargain.
I think it’s cool to be frugal, but I also know it’s not feasible for everyone… just like extravagance isn’t feasible for everyone (okay, most of us!). I think a lot of us tend to go through phases in our lives when it comes to spending. When I was younger, I was a lot more extravagant or spendthrift. But as I get older, I don’t want to worry about money while I’m trying to sleep at night. I also have found that money is less important to me than having the life I want (time for hobbies, running Blogthings, etc). I am willing to trade “things” for my chosen, lower key lifestyle.
What about you? Are You Cheap? Or frugal? Or something else? Take my latest quiz to find out. There are no right or wrong answers to this one, and hopefully it will provide you with an accurate picture of your monetary habits these days.
Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):
- What do you get on Are You Cheap?
Is it true for you?
- What’s your favorite tip for spending money?
- What do you spend more money on upfront to save money on in the long run?