I’d like to think that there is a difference between frugal and cheap. However, popular nomenclature seems to want to treat these two words as synonyms. Case in point? This lovely open letter written by Giuliana Rancic’s husband to her.* The letter really is quite touching. He pays tribute to her strength and it’s quite easy to picture him beaming with pride as he writes.
He also says the word frugal. Even though I think the word he’s looking for is cheap. Or maybe even rude.
In an earlier story, he also says the word frugal. Even though I think the word he’s looking for is cheap. Or maybe even rude. You see, he retells the story of a motorcycle date when they were caught in torrential downpour miles from his home. Unsure of what to do, he suggests hoping off at the nearest store and buying some towels to dry off. Her response is that they should just borrow the towels. The story concludes with them using the towels, returning them to the shelves, and Bill Rancic writes, “‘I said to myself, “Damn, she’s frugal too, a woman after my own heart!'”
Granted, he does joke that Crate and Barrel will be sending him an ex post facto bill now that he’s revealed this sweet tale. But, seriously? Is this frugality? The towels will dry, after all. Or is using a product, putting it back on the shelf, and walking away something else entirely? I’d tend to go with the latter. But maybe that’s just me.
*If you don’t know who Giuliana Rancic is, that’s OK. I spent fifteen minutes Googling her after this article started trending on Facebook, and I’m still not sure I really get the whole picture.
So Tell Me…Do you think there’s a difference between frugal and cheap? If so, have you ever crossed it?