I am frugal. Even if I was a millionaire I think I would still be frugal. Last year I wrapped my gifts in brown bags from the grocery store and decorated them with a sharpies. This took a lot of time however it was a lot cheaper.
I don’t like to think of myself as cheap but as smart. When I was pregnant, I had a little guide with me that would tell me what size clothes my baby would wear when he was in each season. When Halloween came around last year, two days later I went and got his costume for ninety percent off. I ended up spending less than eight dollars on a forty-five dollar costume. I also bought my costume and my husband’s for ninety percent off.
When Thanksgiving and Christmas came around I went to the store the days following the events and got him outfits all for ninety percent off. I never pay full price for anything. Now that I think about it, I hardly buy anything unless it is at least seventy-five percent off.
I am always looking for ways to be frugal and smart. I recently got a baby shower invitation with the following sentence, “Please bring a new or used book in place of a card by signing your book, we will remember and share your special gift, even when you’re not here!” I thought that was a great idea. I know cards can be special but for baby showers I think this is the best way to go.
My smart thinking makes it hard for my husband sometimes. I tell him do not waste money on flowers. He listens to me most of the time. I like practical gifts. When we go on vacation I don’t like wasting money on souvenirs.
My mom has lived in the same house for over forty years. A few years back we cleaned it out. We had piles of useless items. We threw away tons of party favors that people had given out at weddings and baby showers. My mom had kept them all. There were useless little coin purses from a trip to Jamaica, key rings, fans, and ceramic figurines.
Some people collect spoon rests, plates, or other items. These items I do not consider junk. However, whenever I purchase a gift for someone, I try to make it a useable gift with a lot of thought put into it.
Once I scanned a friend’s wedding invitation and framed it for her. She loved it. My cousin made me a blanket for my baby and I love it. I still use it and think of her each time. I am going to try to teach my son that it really is the thought that counts. This is how I became frugal.
In the 1980s when Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were the hot gift, I like millions of other children wanted one. I do not know all the details but my mother did not think she was going going to be able to secure me one, so she made me one from hand. That Christmas when I went to the tree, I had two real Cabbage Patch Kid dolls and the one my mother made me. I still have all three, but guess which I love the most?
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