I am thinking about making a simple scoring system to rate how cheap a person is based on answers to a few questions. So what would be good indications that a person is a penny pincher? Maybe one question could be how old is your car, or how old are your shoes, etc. Another idea- what is the least money you have paid for a shirt you have worn to work or church.
If you have ideas for good questions to gauge how frugal someone is, please let me know... Thanks!
I drove the same car to work daily for 22 years. Does that count?
And the least paid for a shirt for either work OR church is probably 10 cents at a yard sale. How about that one?
How far down is your thermostat in winter, or up in summer? Do you have a garden, and how large is it? Do your own canning (although my limited experience there was that it cost more to grow and can beans than it did to buy it)?
You would do very well on any frugal scale I can imagine! I can only claim 15 years for my oldest car- I have had cars make it to that age a couple times before falling apart. Thanks for the question ideas and for the calibration data on cheapest shirts!
Best thing about the car (a Nissan pickup) was that I paid around $5,000 for a 2 year old rig, drove it for 22 years and sold it for $2,000! I put less than $1,000 into it over the years in repairs - lowest operating cost of anything I've ever owned!
I don't own a car. I couldn't afford it after my divorce, so I sold it and now I ride my bike or the bus everywhere. I sometimes rent a Zipcar. I miss it sometimes, but if I ever buy another one, it will be a small pickup that I can make money with. My heating bill was so outrageous last month (first one I've had in this new place) that I turned my thermostat down to 60 and only heat one room with an efficient space heater. I turn on the heater for a couple of hours in the morning to get it up to 65 (it's usually below 60 when I get up), then I turn it back to 60 for the rest of the day and it usually stays at 60-65. I count toilet paper sheets. I wash clothes by hand in the bathtub and hang them up around the house because my water is free in my apartment. I only use vinegar, baking soda, peroxide and bleach to clean and I make my own laundry detergent. I use cheap shampoo as body wash, but I dilute it 50/50. Same with hand soap. I use coconut oil as a hair conditioner, because I have it already, so why not? I also use it as a skin moisturizer. I could go on and on. I'm not the cheapest person on earth, but I'm pretty close.
You are probably saving A LOT by not owning a car- car payments, insurance, gas, etc. I might give extra points on my cheapness score for not owning a car. Also, making your own cleaning products is a sign that you are very frugal- a good thing to add to my scale. Also thermostat setting during winter may be a good factor to evaluate cheapness. Thanks for sharing ways you save money!
You're welcome. I have lots more, which is why I'm hubbing about them. I like to live well, but I don't have the money. I have champagne tastes and a beer budget -- was married to a very rich man until he locked me out to run off with his mistress and took everything I owned. I decided I would find a way to live well to spite him, and I have. I still wear designer clothes bought from thrift stores, since I know all the designer labels and which are best. I have a simple hairstyle now so I can cut my own hair, but it suits me. I had nothing but time on my hands after he dumped me, so I decided the best revenge was to live well, and I found ways to do it. I'm proud of myself. Some would say I'm poor, but I feel like I'm much richer than when I had money.
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