I always thought that I’m a cheap person, because I’m easily being content if I’m surrounded by, well…cheap stuffs that I treasure at thrift stores, yard/ garage/ estate sales, Craigslist, curbside, flea market, and the clearance section in every stores I visited. Not only to stuffs, but also to food: I’m cheap, my forever favorite food is Lotek (or Gado-gado/ pecel, basically any veggies with peanut sauce) – I have that for my lunch every single day when I’m in college. And not only to stuffs and food, but also to condition. If I got bored and frustrated just to stay at home, it’s cheap to make me happy. No malls, no luxury spa (even though it would be nice!), no gadgets, no exotic destinations (would be nice too!) – just take me to the nearest park or beach or library or farmers’ market or pond or small coffee shop (with many old fellas scratching their lottery coupons)….and my mood could be fixed easily. Nothing fancy. I always said to Ara, how lucky he is to have me as a wife (cheap-wise): because I’m cheap.
But, I am not cheap – I am thrifty.
Thrift—the word derives from thrive. Be Thrifty—it’s how to thrive, and feel good and virtuous about it, too..
I hope, one day, when we’re rich and wealthy enough to buy any kind of stuffs that we want (and go to any places that we want), we would forever be a thrifty people; always seek ways to lower our spending and maximize our benefits and live better with less. Not stingy, not cheap, but thrifty (and frugal, too).
About the book:
Be Thrifty is not about being cheap—it’s about being smart and self-sufficient. Drawing on the work of experts in every field, it shows how to cut your food bills, cut your credit card debt—cut your own hair. Financial writers explain how to create a budget, and the thriftiest ways to invest in the market (thrifty people are savers, and savers need to make their money work hard). Professional chefs give step-by-step advice for shopping for the cheapest, tastiest ingredients—and offer recipes that put those ingredients to good use, from homemade Chinese “take-out” to the frugal barbecue. There are also tips on creating a home spa; why beeswax candles burn the longest; the twenty best bottles of wine for under $10; tips for building a budget music collection, including how to buy from a flea market with confidence; how to sell your home without a realtor; the adjustable-wrench guide to home plumbing repair; how to make your own fresh mozzarella for less than half the cost of an Italian deli’s brand; the basics of negotiating a killer rate on a car; keeping your clothes looking great without a trip to the dry cleaner; unspooling old sweaters and repurposing the wool; the stuff you should buy in bulk and the stuff you shouldn’t; how to outfit a nursery; and much, much, much more (-review from Amazon).