In case y’all didn’t know, J and I are super cool personal finance bloggers and a perfect example of that would be last night when we were cuddling before bedtime and we started talking about blogging (of course). This may explain why I often dream about blogging…just kidding…kinda…
Here’s the real irony of it all, if anyone is familiar with both our blogs, than you would know that J and I have very different writing styles and our blogs are like night and day. Yet we continue to bounce ideas off each other, although neither one really listens to what the other suggests because we are both stubborn and have firm visions of how we want our individual blogs to be.
Nevertheless, J is the best sounding board I could ask for. When the idea of writing a “His and Her Frugal Habits” hit me that night, I asked him to tell me ways he felt I was more frugal than him and I in turn would brainstorm ways that he was more frugal than I.
Before I share our list, I have to say that I had a much easier time coming up with examples of when J is more frugal and he had a very difficult time coming up with a few examples of when I am more frugal lol. To use a personal finance related metaphor to describe us, J is someone who could be a “star” on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates while GMD is a contender for Oxygen’s My Shopping Addiction. I’m actually just poking fun of us since J isn’t even close to being as cheap as the weirdos on Extreme Cheapskates (although he does have his moments and I start to wonder…) and I certainly no longer have a shopping addiction but I definitely represent the more “normal” spender of our personal finance duo.
His Frual Habits
- He will squeeze the toothpaste down to the very last bit. Even if I think it’s done and toss it in the trash, J will pick it out if he thinks he can get in one more squeeze.
- When his jeans have holes in them, he will take them to the tailor to get patch rather than buy new jeans.
- He refuses to waste food, so if I can’t finish my breakfast/lunch/dinner, he will finish it for me.
- He unplugs appliances that aren’t used on a daily basis.
- It’s not broken until he tries to fix it at least 3x.
Her Frugal Habits
- It literally pains me to have to pay 5¢ for plastic bags at the grocery store, so when I shop at the rare stores that still give out free plastic bags, I will use the self-checkout to “borrow” an extra one or two bags. I know. I’m bad.
- I force J to meal plan with me so we can make a weekly shopping list and grocery shop effectively.
- I always double-check my receipts and credit card statements to make sure there are no errors.
- I love free samples and will wait in long lines for it.
- Overall, I order water to drink more often when we dine out.
I would love to hear in the comments below examples of how you are more frugal than your partner and vice-versa!