1. Robin

    To me, “cheap” means that a person is willing to negatively affect others with their money-saving efforts. By being deceitful, selfish, petty, aggressive, etc. A frugal person finds honest ways to avoid spending money/spending more money.
    I worked at one place where a person returned a garden hose that they had used for ten years. The manager gave them cash for the cost of a new hose.
    Not to mention things that I’ve seen extreme couponers do.

  2. To me, frugality is the art of living well cheaply. In other words, if you do frugality right, you sacrifice nothing. And I say your sight is a prime example of my understanding of frugality. You are frugal, madam. Those people over at the Plutus Awards know what the hell they’re doing. Cheers.

  3. Congratulations! I love your frugal blog :).
    “Frugal” is a weird identity to embrace, as it conjures images of eating beans under a burlap blanket. I’m a minimalist and a frugalist, and it’s not something I lead with when I meet new people… but it does tend to come out when they’re drinking bucket wine in my micro-home.

    • It is a hard opener. In fact, it’s not always something I claim because it’s so misunderstood. Post coming soon 😉

      “…it does tend to come out when they’re drinking bucket wine in my micro-home.” This is sheer gold, friend!

  4. Congrats!!! Totally agree that frugal and cheap are NOT. THE. SAME. I define frugality as living below my means and being aware of and comfortable with less expensive options and challenging the status quo. Also quick frugally awkward story – drinking water at the bar while my friends crush fancy cocktails and asking me 6 times if I want another drink! Another one similar to your bad food shelf peppers is my boyfriend catching me staring at the clearance rack at the grocery store for 20 minutes!

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