It doesn’t take a genius to know I am frugal. Sometimes I have to wonder-am I too frugal? I am far from being materialistic. I am at the point it bothers me to see others make materialistic purchases. I know it is none of my business if they aren’t asking for money from me. However, I am human. I see someone I know with something I know they can’t afford and I cringe (For what it’s worth I don’t see this of any of the few friends I know who read the blog, I am talking people who I rarely interact with in person).
I am at the point I go to the store and I feel extremely guilty if I make any, and I mean ANY purchase that is not an absolute need. I bought a small desk fan for $5 and I have it in the box ready to take back because I think it is a frivolous purchase.
I literally felt an anxiety attack coming on just walking in a Coach store once. I can’t possibly imagine spending more than $20 on a purse and if I do buy one it isn’t more often than every three years.
Even if I had it, I could not see myself spending $1500 on Christmas as a friend did when I went shopping with her several years back. She could afford it, but it was ridiculous in my opinion. Two kids don’t need that much stuff that they won’t even remember later. I spent $100 on Christmas last year. Granted that was cash. The rest was earned with Amazon credit etc. Still, if you counted the rewards as cash, I still believe I was under $300 for 8 people (I would have to check records, but that is very close).
There is a fine line between frugal and cheap. I don’t think I have crossed it (I am not splitting the two ply toilet paper into separate rolls). It’s wonderful to be mindful of your money, but yes, there is such as thing as too frugal! Maybe I will just keep the fan:)