The consensus amongst the bloggers who commented on my last post 'Money Saving Expert' was that being Frugal for Frugals sake is definitely a no, no. The vast majority of people owned up to being frugal at times to achieve goals. Being frugal generally means your yearly spend is below the average. Most people spend those savings on extra holiday, treats, paying off their mortgage etc. Being frugal and being mean are not the same thing. However, to some people the two are the same thing and this can lead to a misconception. Frugal people search out the best prices, they hate waste and are generally very resourceful.
Kirrie who commented on the last blog mentioned how she had been frugal to pay off her mortgage 11 years early and was just about to retire at 55. All the frugal tweaks she made to her life has meant she will soon fulfil a dream of working in Kefalonia as a volunteer helping baby turtles and rescuing eggs. WOW....Incredible, wishing you all the best.She also mentions being asked for financial advice but the person was unwilling to make the changes necessary, finding life impossible without regular beauty treatments, expensive TV packages or grocery shopping at M&S or Waitrose.
Earlier this year and for the very first time in my life I was called a penny pinching so and so by a 'friend'. They were really nasty and I believe this was because I wasn't agreeing with their every word about what I should be doing with my life but more importantly my money! I'm not mean, I always pay my way when I'm out with friends and we've treated our children and their families to thousands of pounds worth of holidays and treats. I have financial security whereas the 'friend' wastes money every day and will need to work until they are 66. But I wouldn't dream of commenting on their lifestyle because I understand its personal choice.
Talking of consensus, hubby and I have spoken at length since his return from holiday. He doesn't want to move abroad or separate. We aren't out of the water yet but the consensus is moving slowly in the right direction. Bye for now. Tx