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I Can’t Even Afford To Pay Attention

extravagant – lacking restraint in spending money or using resources; costing too much money.

Do you know why Lincoln never went to jail?
He’s in a cent.

There are times when I’m with coworkers or at a conference that I wish I was more refined. As we gather for dinner, most order a glass of wine or a mixed cocktail. Me? Uh, ice water. Or I might splurge and get myself an iced tea. I may be a California girl, but I certainly don’t fit in with the lifestyle that’s maybe 30 miles away. For me, it’s more about having experiences with my family than buying stuff. I’d rather spend money on a family trip than purchase the latest iPhone. Actually, I’d rather have a root canal than purchase any iPhone, but that’s a story for another time. 🙂

I have a difficult time parting with money. “Extravagant” is not in my vocabulary.Well, I guess it is now, but it won’t be used much! I’m cheap. I think the key is that each of us places different values on things, people, places, etc. What might seem worth it to me might not be at all for you. For me, things often don’t hold as much value as society claims. I can’t see myself spending $200 on a purse or pair of shoes. When I find myself in an outlet mall, half the time I scoff at the prices. Actually, I find myself quite annoyed at being suckered in, after all, what’s the point of an outlet if you aren’t saving anything compared to the original store? LAME.

We’ve teased an in law for being “Captain Frugal”, but honestly, I’m almost as bad… as his sidekick, Pennywise. No, wait…I think that name’s taken…

That’s one of the motivating factors when it comes to my fixing things around the house (or in the car). $400 for Sears to come out and waste my time, or $20 to do it myself and solve the problem. Tough choice. When we go out to eat, I hate wasting food, so there are times I don’t order and simply eat portions of what my kids won’t finish. I’ve saved condiments in my refrigerator (especially blackberry and boysenberry jam, yum!). Instead of using the heater, I wear layers until I can’t stand it anymore and then I turn it on. If we visit an amusement park, I always bring snacks to tide them over until lunch or dinner. Ever since the tax increase on gas, I’ve been getting up early to get gas at Costco.

So you see, extravagant isn’t me. In fact, it’s the very opposite. It isn’t that I wouldn’t love the finer things…as long as it’s on someone else’s dime. But even then, there’s still a degree of discomfort. If I were to inherit so much money that I’d never be able to spend it all in my lifetime, I still would be frugal, and probably give it to those that needed it more than I. What does that say about me when I can’t bring myself to buy anything extravagant for myself?

Do you have a weak spot for something where you’re more willing to spend money?

2 comments on “I Can’t Even Afford To Pay Attention

  1. ichabod2014ic
    December 29, 2017

    I am super frugal in how i heat the house. Miss Plumtartt and I are both cold-natured, so we want the house warm. I have installed a couple of old gas space heaters that heat the house mush more cheaply than central air. Gas furnaces are too expensive!

    As far as splurging my cash without restraint…

    power tools, baby!
    Milwaukee brand rules!

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    • Elizabeth Los
      December 29, 2017

      Stay warm! I’ve been kinda cheap on some power tools. Actually, the last build project I was using a brand from Harbor Freight, the “dollar” store of tools. Then again, I also had a free multimeter from the same place that failed to work, so…

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