Saturday, December 6, 2008

I'm Frugal, Not Cheap!

Last night I received this comment and feed the need to clarify my position:
" Anonymous said...
I thought this blog was about frugality until I saw your Christmas lists. Ha! I suppose everyone's "frugality" is different that's all. Did you mean that your lists was just what they wanted or that you actually intend to deliver?"

Yes, that was their wish list, they will get some of those items, but not all of them.

I want to clarify that I frugal but I still like and enjoy very nice things. I just don't want to pay retail for them. I live in a very nice home, drive nice cars, I have nice jewelry, the big screens, ect... I'm not giving up my lifestyle style, I'm just obtaining the things we want or need in the most frugal manner possible.

I'm not furgal because I have to be, I furgal because I choose to be. In the past people who were frugal were thought of as poor or lower middle class, and that just isn't the case any more. We are normal everyday people that are choosing to keep more of our money in our pockets.

Before I left the corporate world, I was a Purchasing Agent. It was my job to get the product or service at the lowest possible price without giving any on the quality. I have adapted this to my family life and am teaching others to do the same thing. Anyone can be frugal. By being a smart confuser you are keeping more of your money in our own pocket so you can afford those nicer gifts. Last night hubby and I were in WalMart picking up a few gifts, I was behind a lady purchasing groceries using coupons and price matching, she was carrying a Coach purse, had on True Religion jeans, and some killer boots, and I noticed in the parking lot that she was crawling into her Lexus SUV. Did she need to use coupons and price matching, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say no.
I like to think that I am a smart consumer.


keara kirk said...

You are a very smart consumer and the person that left that comment was very rude. You have taught me a lot in a very short amount of time and I hope that comment doesn't persuade you to not post anymore. Your posts are extremely helpful.

Deane @ My Frugal LifeStyle said...

Thanks for the encouragement Keara, I'm not sure that the comment was meant to be rude, but it could certainly be taken that way.

KARNA said...

You are a very smart consumer. While you enjoy very nice things you are no snob! Frugality should be a way of life for all of us. I wish I had learned to be frugal a long time ago by choice instead of learning how now due to necessity!

You go girl!