Come on, guys. The blog has been a little quiet this week. Can we talk about this? Just how cheap is too cheap? I am frugal. Have become a lot more frugal over the last couple of years. My family jokes about my "cheapness." I think it's unfounded, but what the hey. Perception is reality. Which brings me to Neal Templin, the Cheapskate over at the Wall Street Journal, who wants us to take the mourning test.
From the story:
If the question is whether I ever completely forget about money and just do whatever the heck I feel like -- no matter the cost -- the answer, I'm afraid, is no.
We've raised three kids on one salary, and it seemed wrong to me to spend money we don't have. On top of that, I hate waste. And paying too much for something makes me a little ill.
Being cheap isn't always a virtue. My family can tell you stories of the times I've bought bargain steaks at the supermarket that were so tough they were almost inedible. Or when I cast a pall on some outing by fretting about how to do it on the cheap.
Is it close to the point where they won't mourn my death? I sure hope not.
I can tell you right now that I am not that cheap. I know for a fact that my family would mourn my death. I think. Probably. Right?
Are you guys cheap? How cheap are you?
Read the story and come back and tell me exactly what you do that makes you cheap. Also, is there anything wrong with being cheap? Can it be unhealthy? Is it bad for relationships?
Here is the story (link).