I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
A previous blogger on my blog about an IPAD called me CHEAP. Personally, I don't give a rat's rearend about people who "don't get it". Most of us have to live on a budget. Like me, we were not born with a silver spoon in our mouth and we don't get "handouts" from mom and dad or other family members. We work very hard for a living and what we have is what we "earned". When I was a child, my mother and I had nothing more to eat at times except a can or two of corned beef hash. My mother worked hard but she, at first, did not make a lot of money. As time went on, she improved her earning status. She never accepted welfare or food stamps. After my parents' divorce, my dad gave us money when he felt like working. Back in those days, it wasn't easy to get an absentee father to pay child support. We "managed" because we were "frugal". My mom and I did not buy our clothes at the finest stores and I did not have toys stacked from floor to ceiling but I was a happy kid and I appreciated what she did for me. She instilled reasonable values in me that I kept with me throughout my adult life.
The definition of Cheap is: Stingy; Miserly
The definition of Frugal is: Living without waste; thrifty
We all have WANTS. We also have NEEDS - legitimate Needs. We may want something one day but realize we really don't need it the next day.
A lot of people, nowadays, have lost their jobs, perhaps their homes and their usual way of life. When my husband lost his job because his company closed their doors, he was without work for 2 years except for odd jobs and temporary jobs that he managed to obtain. We made it through because we had lived frugally and we continue to do so. We never know what life may throw at us from one day to the next - we choose to be prepared. We are at the mercy of society, government and anything or anyone else you want to add. Sometimes we just are stuck between a rock and a hard place and we do what we can to survive in life. ALL of us live through tough times - no one is able to hide from this.
If you know someone and are aware personally of what that person is like, THEN you can make firsthand comments about that person's way of life. Being frugal DOES NOT mean one should not enjoy life, just that we should examine our way of life to see if what we are doing is bringing us pleasure for the cost associated. As stated in the past, my husband and I have everything we need - we enjoy great vacations, have a nice home, have nice and clean clothes on our backs and drive fairly new and well-maintained vehicles. What's important to one person may not be important to another. I don't need a Mansion, A Mercedes, Clothes from Nordstroms or an IPad to be happy.
Personally, I don't look forward to or care about "non compliments" from people I don't know and who don't know me. Life is WAY to short for that. Of course, blogs are for commments from anyone who cares to comment. I will, most of the time, defend myself and anyone around me if someone cannot justify their "attitude" towards others. The way someone looks, their outlook on living, where they live, what they wear, and so on and the way others "perceive" them is what makes headlines nowadays. How very unfortunate.