Mrs. 1500 back again today. Last week I asked you what the difference between frugal and cheap. Before I get to your answers, Mr. 1500 wants to get a word in:
The Battle of the Crocs is ongoing. So is the battle of the toilet paper. Allow me to explain.
If I have to blow my nose, I’m not above ripping off a couple squares from the TP roll to do the job. If I have a cold or allergies, I just grab a roll for my desk.
This drives Mrs. 1500 crazy. She is a modern day Howard Hughes:
I just don’t care. It’s all the same to me.
What I really wanted to say though is this: crusty Crocs and wayward toilet paper are what we fight about. We don’t fight about our finances or money ever. If these are the worst of our issues, I’m happy.
(Mrs. 1500’s rebuttal, to Mr. 1500’s absolutely ridiculous argument: Toilet paper is thin, and designed to fall apart when it comes in contact with liquid. Tissues are made to stand up to liquid. What are you blowing out of your nose?
I will concede that this is all we fight about, and it is pretty silly in the face of all the problems in the world…)
So last week, I asked you the difference between frugal and cheap. I got a lot of really great answers.
Reader Thomas said
“Being cheap from my definition means that you go to a point in saving where you:
– ruin your health (like only eating pasta and ketchup),
– ruin your relationships,
– you hurt other people or society since you live off them (like putting your garbage in their bins or just throw it in the wood) or
– do not give any tips or make no donations anymore.”
This is interesting, because many of you mentioned the no charitable donations thing, which made me take another look at our giving, which is less that it should be. So a new goal this year is to increase my charitable giving.
Maggie from Northern Expenditure has a sister-in-law who used to change the dim lightbulbs she regularly used with brighter bulbs when people came over. That’s too much work for me.
Nate from InvestmentZen calls his 5-year-old office chair ‘borderline’ because the faux leather has peeled off completely in the seat area, plus the cat peed on it 3 years ago. I probably would have replaced it about 3 years ago, but he says he can’t smell anything. My sister-in-law’s dog peed on our bath mat a few weeks ago when it stayed over, so I guess if you can’t smell it, it isn’t such a big deal…
Amber Tree Leaves agrees with me that the shoes cross the line of frugal and move into cheap. Thanks, Amber Tree Leaves!
Mrs. Nickels from My Shiny Nickels has a different-but-same problem. Mr. Nickels has shirts with holes, multiple holes, but they are shirts he loves. Looks like Mr. Nickels shirts are going to get “lost in the laundry.”
But Mortimer from MortimersMoneyMachines.com had an answer that took the cake.
“I still have a pair of soccer shorts I got in middle school that I use for pulling weeds in the yard. They still work. Who cares if the elastic is so worn that they have a tendency to look a bit like plumber’s wear?”
Now, Mortimer didn’t share with me how far back middle school was. For me, it was more than 10 years ago. A LOT more than 10 years ago.
I was answering comments and read this one out loud to Mr. 1500. I said, “I’m going to make that next week’s question – what’s the oldest thing you own?”
Mr. 1500 said, “That’s a good question – I have underwear from high school.”
I replied, “No you don’t.” (He USED to have underwear from high school. They ‘disappeared’ a while ago.)
Mr. 1500 note: What? I mean, those old yellow ones had a couple extra holes, but that was great for ventilation.
I have a dress that I am determined to fit back into, that is at least 15 years old. My Teva sandals are holding themselves together in enough places that I can still wear them, about 17 years later. I just tossed my first-generation Shimano bicycle sandals at the end of last summer because they were about to fall apart, and of course they would only do that mid-ride. I still have my original bicycle shoes, and I bought them during a bike trip in 1999.
That may be my oldest stuff.
What about you? What’s the oldest thing you own, and how long have you had it?
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