The Trouble With Being Cheap

Quite a few people have been expressing their admiration for my frugality to me, so I thought it was time to rein in the enthusiasm and talk a bit about the downsides of frugal living.

1. The most obvious downside, and what I don’t actually consider a downside, is frugality makes you question your buying decisions. We live in a society that wants to sell us stuff all the time, and it’s easy to just immerse yourself in this, buy buy buy. It’s harder to resist this and decide for yourself what is of importance and value.

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This article has 5 Comments

  1. Garrick S

    Are you kidding me? Questioning your buying decisions is NOT a downside. It is an inner voice that makes you think twice about buying useless knick-knacks.

  2. Rahul Lane

    My mother is the direct opposite. She is a pack rat. My brother and i got so frustrated that we ended up clearing out the garage that was literally filled to capacity and dumped everything inside at Goodwill. It took 2 days of constant moving and Goodwill forced us to take it to another location because we had given them too much.

  3. Bront C.

    There is nothing wrong with being a frugal spender. That is why dollar stores exist. Everyone has too much already. How many countless garage sales have you been to and wonder why people have so much junk.

  4. Randal

    It can be dangerous at times especially if you have a young child to take care of which needs more than an adult to grow up healthy in mind and spirit.

  5. Dusty B.

    Being frugal is, in the end, a good thing. It teaches responsibility. You get what you need and that is all. Most people can’t handle the temptation of MSM advertisements.

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