When Are You Being Too Frugal?
March 25, 2011
The definition of frugal is "Prudence in Avoiding Waste". We all should be wise and thrifty, and reuse or recycle where possible, but here are some indicators when you just might be going too far to be frugal and are simply being cheap or possibly hoarding:
- You compromise your health by not seeking medical attention for something you know in your heart really should be checked out by a professional.
- You compromise your safety by eating food that you know is iffy because it could be spoiled.
- You reuse plastic water bottles, to-go food containers, plastic silverware, or even non-food plastic containers that are not recyclable Food Grade #2, #4 or #5. These plastics can leach bad chemicals into your food and beverages.
- You deny yourself even the tiniest of treats that would be good for you emotionally, like an occasional cup of coffee or meal out. You even deny yourself something as simple as a small bottle of your favorite bubble bath or lotion.
- You hoard items, because you got a good deal on them, but know in the back of your mind that you'll probably never really have a use for them.
- You save just about everything when you know you realistically probably will never use or need them, instead of giving them to someone who could use them or recycle them.
- You deny yourself basic necessities. I've known a couple of people who had nothing more than a bed and had to stand up to eat or sit on the floor, when they really could afford to at least purchase a couple of second hand chairs and a small table.
- On the reverse side of denying yourself the basics, you grab up every piece of free anything; from clothing, boxes, and knick-knacks to furniture, simply because it was free. It's piled everywhere 'just in case you can use it in the future', even when you know there is no real use to you. Your home has become a storage unit.
- You spend too much time trying to save money, instead of finding ways to supplement your income with extra earnings.
- You spend more on gasoline driving around trying to save a few cents on a sale or use a coupon before it expires, than you save.
- You take extras at stores or restaurants (like sanitary hand wipes, paper towels, napkins, or condiments) to save some money, when in reality doing so is stealing and is ultimately costing others for those items.
- You buy items that are cheap that you know really won't last long to save some money, when you could buy the better quality item for just a few dollars more that might have lasted a lifetime. Remember the definition of 'frugal'?
- And, as silly as it might sound, you feel there's no such thing as being too frugal!
Does anyone here at ThriftyFun have any other ideas to share of what might be going too far to be frugal?
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After watching some TV shows tout frugality that aren't really in our best interest, I wanted to express what I think is not frugal.
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