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I was recently accused of being stingy when chatting about my money saving ways – here’s why I see myself as Thrifty not Stingy.
Whilst chatting to someone recently about my money saving ways they accused me of being stingy. They think not paying full price for items is being stingy. Buying from the reduced section is stingy. Only planning to send £100 or less this Christmas is stingy. I think they are wrong – I am Thrifty not Stingy.
The more I thought about the more it bothered me. I honestly don’t think I’m being stingy with the way I live my life. If anything, living this way gives us more. We are travelling so much this year, more than we ever have. Being careful with money are means we can afford to.
I am generous with something far more precious than money, my time. Neither of my parents drive, but if they need to be somewhere I am there to take them. I gladly look after my 12 year old brother two days a week. I look after a friends child in the holidays if she needs me to.
If you come to my house for dinner I will feed you reduced food but you will not leave hungry.
I don’t plan spend much on Christmas presents this year, but if someone is giving you a thoughtful gift, does it matter how much they spent?
I love being thrifty and I don’t think that makes me stingy at all. My partner and I both work so hard for our money we want to make it go as far as it possibly can. Being careful means we will hopefully pay off our mortgage 15 years earlier than our term, saving thousands in the process. We are slowly but surely building a better future for ourselves and the children we plan to have.