F IS FOR FRUGAL
Do you re-use aluminum foil?
Do you buy generic?
Do you shop thrift stores and re-finish items to look like what's on the rack or on the showroom floor?
If you do any of these you might be FRUGAL.
I did not become FRUGAL until I was in my 40's. I remember spending way too much money on items that I felt my family needed or I needed.
Television commercials and ads make it so hard on parents especially--making them feel guilty if they don't spend lets say $60.00 on a pair of jeans!!
Don't get me wrong--I'm not cheap, if there is something we desire I will pay the full price for it but I don't want to just throw money away because it has the right "tag".
I purchased a book several years ago "The Tightwad Gazette", it is for the full-blown tightwad and there is a lot of things I wouldn't consider doing but there is of the ideas I put into use.
There is one discount grocery store I like to frequent, I have listed in a notebook the items we use and the price. It is so hard to remember what you paid for an item and this way it's on paper.
When I go to other stores I check their prices against my book and then if it's a better price I might purchase it. I check sales too against my book and stock up on those items.
Who knows you might save so much money you can take that big vacation next year!!!