Smart Saving is “In”
Is it cool to be cheap? I’m sensing a change in attitudes. I don’t hear “It’s only money, honey” anymore.
Do your friends brag about how cheap they are? I was at a get-together where that was exactly what was happening. As we sat around a fire into the evening family and friends started bragging about how cheap they were. I mean everybody was laughing about how cheap they were with stories to prove it. Had I stumbled into an alternate universe?
I remember when frugal was a dirty word. If you said your boyfriend or husband was frugal, you got lots of sympathy. Frugality was almost a disease. Worse than alcoholism maybe. You just didn’t talk about money, much less admit that you were frugal. Most people tried to dress in the latest fashions and would do the humble brag about their vacations and specialty cars.
Is It Cool to Be Cheap?
Not so much anymore. Some of these same people are telling stories about how they got such a great deal on this or that. They dress down and when they dress up it’s in classic styles that won’t go out of style quickly. These same people who used to stay at only the best places are now asking Mr. Pennies and me about how they can copy our frugal lifestyle. And they are not being sarcastic.
Is the economy just that bad? Or have people awakened to the fact that being frugal is just smart? “Smart is the new rich” is a saying I hear on tv these days. Being smart about money is just . . . smart.
Have you noticed a change in attitudes lately? Or did I really stumble into an alternative reality?