After reading a post on Wise Bread, I was inspired to share some tell-tale signs that you were raised by frugal parents. Both my sister and I have caught ourselves doing, saying, and behaving a certain way because of our parents’ penny pinching teachings. Below are some things that apply to us. See how it compares to you!
- You scoff at the “best by” or “use by” dates on products. Remember I mentioned my family save money on eggs by buying them a couple days before their best by date?
- You were told stories that made your household sound wealthy, by comparison: “When I was a kid, we didn’t have a computer.”
- You had to ask for a doggy bag even though you didn’t have a dog.
- You reheat your coffee for days (or have it cold) till it’s all gone. Mom knows best, right? Right.
- You’ve heard the phrase, “A little mold won’t hurt you. Just cut it off and eat it.” And you do.
- You were forced to shop at thrift stores before it was cool. Now you brag about it. Guilty!
- You head straight for the sales inserts in the Sunday paper.
- You’ve washed foil, paper napkins, plastic wrap and baggies to use them a second or even third time.
- You remember smuggling homemade snacks into matinees and still do.
- You’ll pounce on a penny when you see one on the street.
- Your family holds a contest to guess how much money is in the change jar. Winner keeps the change!
- You ignore the suggested use or recommended quantity directions on most products.
- You save rubber bands and twist-ties. No need for fancy clips to keep bags sealed.
- You can sew a button, darn a sock, or repair a seam. Props if you know how to use a sewing machine.
- You believe that vinegar, baking soda, and lemon are the only household cleaning products anyone really needs.
- You know how to change the oil in your car and your father forced you to spend Saturday mornings helping him change the brakes of his car because it would come in handy when you grew up.
- You picked up cans before going green was trendy.
- You have a secret stash of used, neatly rolled gift wrap from previous holidays and birthdays.
- You cut open toothpaste tubes to get at the last bit of product.
- Most of your furniture was acquired through dumpster-diving, a yard sale, thrift store, or by having your father make it. Yup, he’s handy like that!
- You carry a water bottle everywhere you go to avoid paying $2 for water.
Wait. I’m I the only one who does this? Can’t be. Let me know how you know you were raised by frugal folks in the comments.
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