Without a shadow of a doubt, in this day and age being frugal is a valuable asset which can help you preserve your liquid assets. But when does one stop being smart with their expenses and starts being penny-pinching, money-grudging, mean, stingy or, in other words, a cheap bitch? If you haven't got a clue how to answer this question, you're in luck because I've come up with some illustrative examples to clarify the difference between being frugal and being cheap.
If you wash your clothes at night, instead of during the day, so you pay less for electricity, you're being frugal.
If you change your underwear and socks only once a week so you have to do less laundry, you're cheap.
If you decide to avoid going to someplace tropical for your vacation and you lounge by a nearby lake or river instead, you're frugal.
If you put on your bikini, spread a towel in your living room in front of an electric heater and pretend you're someplace tropical, that's cheap.
Recycling tea bags might be frugal.
But recycling toilet paper has cheap bitch smeared all over it.
Parking your car few blocks away from the store/restaurant/bar when you're taking your girl out so you two don't have to pay for parking and can enjoy a lovely walk together is frugal. And romantic.
Making your girlfriend park the car blocks away after she first leaves you in front of the store/restaurant/bar so you don't have to walk and can save on parking is cheap. Cheap as hell.
Smuggling your own alcohol into a club is frugal. Shady, but frugal.
Bringing your own alcohol into a restaurant is cheap. You don't need to get wasted at a restaurant, have some class, man. Wait till you get to the club.
Making your own card for your girlfriend for Valentine's Day - that's frugal. And again - romantic.
Proposing to your girlfriend with a DIY macaroni ring - that's cheap.
Turning off lights at home when you don't need them at night is frugal. And environmentally friendly, you really should do that.
Making everyone read by one LED bulb powered by a potato battery in the evenings is cheap.
Staying at home and watching TV because you don't want to pay for a round a drinks is cheap. And antisocial.
Going out and guzzling down whatever's on the table and ordering drinks like crazy and then at the end of the night saying: "Sorry, guys, I must've forgotten my wallet..." is even cheaper. The frugal way would be to order an inexpensive drink or two and that's it for the night. But let's face it, there's no fun in that. Then again, 'frugal' does start with an 'f' just like 'fun' does, but that's about all those two notions have in common.
Using a cloth handkerchief when you have a cold so you save money on paper ones - frugal.
Waiting for the mucus and boogers on used paper handkerchiefs to dry so you can reuse them - cheap.
Turning off the facet when you wash your teeth - frugal. And again - environmentally friendly.
Not flushing every time you use the bathroom and making your girlfriend look at your shit floating in a puddle of urine in the toilet bowl - cheap.
Please, don't think I'm insinuating that these examples are true to my life (although I'm 100 % they are true to someone's life). I didn't purposely single out my or any other boyfriend, it just seems more believable to appoint all the stupidity to 'a boyfriend', wouldn't you agree? Girlfriends are usually (much) more sensible, it's a fact of life.
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