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Monday, August 20, 2012

30 Signs That You Were Raised by Cheap Parents

WiseBread recently published this post on the "30 Signs That You Were Raised by Frugal Parents".

Well, there is a fine line between being frugal and being cheap.
After reading WiseBread's post, I decided to rewrite the list, as seen by the product of a "cheap" parent.


30 Signs That You Were Raised by Frugal Cheap Parents

1. You skip the headlines in the Sunday paper and head straight for the sales inserts.
You read the Sunday paper on Mondays.

2. You’ve washed (or seriously considered washing) tin foil to use it a second time.
Tin foil? That's what the Sunday paper is for.

3. You remember smuggling homemade snacks into the Saturday matinee.

You remember snacking on the leftover popcorn wedged between the seats during the Saturday matinee.


4. You know how to buff your shoes to high shine by adding a bit of water or heat to the polish.

You know how to add heat and water to a shoe to remove its polish and transfer it to another pair.


5. You’ll still stop to pick up a penny.

You’ll still stop to fish coins out of the public fountains.


6. You ignore the suggested use or recommended quantity directions on most products.
You ignore the suggested use or recommended quantity directions on most products. In fact, you often forgo using the product altogether.

7. There’s a coupon organizer in your purse or car (extra credit if it includes a calculator).
You hold up the line during your extreme-couponing outings. (Extra credit if it goes on for longer than an hour).

8. You save rubber bands or twist-ties.
You sell all the rubber bands or twist-ties you've saved.

9. The chocolate milk you were served as a kid was heavily diluted with regular milk.
The chocolate milk you were served as a kid was made from regular milk with a couple Hersey bar shavings in it. ("No more than two slivers, Jimmy. We don't want to get greedy now".)

10. You have a loyalty card to any thrift store chain.
You don't need a loyalty card at any thrift store chain. All the employees know you by name.

11. You can sew a button, darn a sock, or repair a seam.
You can forgo buttons, socks, and sometimes pants.

12. You firmly believe that vinegar and bleach are the only two household cleaning products anyone really needs.
You just don't clean your house.

13. Your family holds a contest to guess how much money is in the change jar every six months.
I'm not sure how this relates to being frugal. What happens to the change after?

14. A little mold on bread or cheese doesn’t cause you to immediately toss it.
The mold on your bread is the cheese.

15. There’s an almanac somewhere in your home.
Your home is made of almanacs. (I don't know... I'm reaching here).

16. You know the technique for properly canning food.
You've only eaten canned foods.

17. You know what Green Stamps are.
You were so frugal with Green Stamps, you still hoard dozens of them.

18. Your medicine chest has at least two hotel soaps or bottles of shampoo in it.
You only use hotel soaps and shampoos.

19. You know how to change the oil in your car (even if you don’t always do it yourself).
You change the oil in your car and replace it with self-filtered oil from your last change.

20. The primary toys of your childhood were wooden blocks, the great outdoors, and a tire swing.
You had no toys, only your imagination. (This is getting sad...)

21. You know the balance of your checking account (within $5.00) at all times and without looking.
Checking account? Is that what you call the big pile of money under your bed?

22. Negotiating the price of a used car inspires a sense of adventure and thrill.
Stealing a used car inspires a sense of adventure and thrill.

23. You know the secret magic that’s contained in every bottle of furniture scratch cover.
It's not a good piece of furniture unless it has a good scratch in it.

24. You have a secret stash of used, neatly folded gift wrap from previous holidays and birthdays.
Gift wrap? See #2.

25. You regard empty butter and yogurt containers as a reuse challenge, not trash.
Butter and yogurt are luxuries for the rich.

26. At least three pieces of your household furniture were acquired through dumpster-diving, a yard sale, an estate sale, or thrift store.
At least three pieces of your household furniture are cardboard boxes or milk crates.

27. You brag to friends about how much you saved instead of how much you spent.
Your friends beg you to spend money on personal hygiene. You laugh at them.

28. You can calculate any product’s price-per-ounce in mere seconds.
If it doesn't come in bulk and measured in pounds, you don't want it anyway.

29. Your dryer sheets have three times the life expectancy of other people’s.
You don't own a dryer and you beat your clothes on the clothesline to make them soft.

30. You rinse out laundry detergent bottles and cut open toothpaste tubes to get at the last bit of product.
Fact: those hotel soap bars work well in cleaning both your clothes and your teeth!


So, how does your childhood compare? Were your parents cheap or just frugal?

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