MayoSalmon wrote: »
Life is too short to be a tight arse..not meeting up with friends because of a 30 euro meal is depressing but hey whatever makes you happy. The most valuable thing you will have in old age will be your memories and if creating tem costs a little bit then so be.
Íde, 39, from Dublin, was horrified by the idea of perfectly good food being thrown away and started going through supermarket dumpsters weekly to rescue fruit, vegetables, meat, ready meals and even fancy chocolates.
'I talked about it quite openly at work. Sometimes I'd bring in stuff and I'd leave a sign saying, 'Free doughnuts – these are dumpster-dived. Some people were really disgusted about it.'
'People walking past assume you're poor or you don't have anything. You're not driving consumption and you're saving something, that would have otherwise been wasted, from being thrown out.'
zell12 wrote: »
Daily Mail -Maths teacher who goes bin diving reveals how she can eat three meals a day plus snacks for FREE
Sorry, but she does not look very healthy
This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself.
enoughalready wrote: »
I wonder if anyone else has experienced this? My friend today shamed me by stating I was so stingy in front of another friend because of my money saving, frugal habits. I was so annoyed that I shot back that at least I'm not in credit card debt and so on. It got me thinking that now in future I have to 'hide' my fugal way off living because if I speak about it people will call me cheap or stingy. Its a horrible feeling not being able to live the lifestyle you want without being judged. Has anyone else had a similar experience and how they combated it?
Ash.J.Williams wrote: »
Sometimes I’ve observed frugal friends taking for granted how much is spent on a social event and being frugal with coughing up . They are the lowest of humanity:)
To be fair I think there is a big difference between frugal & a tight arse or just plain mean. I think mean ppl give frugal living a bad rep. I've been frugal since college, no choice, my mam was a widow since I was a child. I've learned skills to save getting professionals to do things, try to shop around for things I need, use coupons etc but if I agree to go out for drink or meal I'm buying my round. I only purchase in that restaurant or bar as its a business with staff to pay etc. At ppl birthday I spend the same money as they do on me but I do try & shop around to get more bang for their buck, family know me now so they will tend to tell me what they want so they get more for their money. I hate meaness but if I can save on things that I don't care about so that I'm mortgage free at 37 with my house worth €350,000, why not!!
+1 for the difference between "frugal" and "mean", the first is a lifestyle choice and nobody's business, the second is a nasty personality trait and can impact on others. Which one is the OP guilty of?