Does Thrifty Living Mean You’re Cheap?

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Does thrifty living mean you're cheap? Stop by to find out and learn our family's thrifty philosophy! (My answer just might shock you!)

We had just sat down to eat lunch at our favorite hibachi grill (you know, the kind where you sit around a grill and watch the chef cook your food in front of you)! There were two couples seated beside us that had just finished their meals and were chatting it up.

As they got up to leave I noticed that they had left the signature copy of their receipt within eyeshot of me. (They had been sitting two chairs down from me.) I’m always curious as to how much people leave as a tip so I glanced over to see how generous they’d been – go ahead, call me nosy! I’m fairly confident that my mouth dropped open in shock when I saw that they had only left $2! $2 on a bill that was $35…that’s not even 10%!

I was outraged! Did they not realize how little waiters make or how hard their jobs are?

I realize that the amount of tip that the other patrons left is none of my business, but you better believe that we left a larger than normal tip for the waitress that was busting her tail on that busy Sunday afternoon.

Thrifty people tend to get a bad rap.

When people hear that Trent and I are thrifty they generally think that we’re cheap. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be stereotyped as cheap…that word just has a bad ring to it!

But, if you consider shopping at the Goodwill or using coupons when dining out, then yes we are “cheap.”

(Don’t get me wrong, some thrifty people are cheap!)

Does thrifty living mean you're cheap? Stop by to find out and learn our family's thrifty philosophy! (My answer just might shock you!)

Our “thrifty” philosophy

Trent and I save where we can not only to be able to splurge on a few items that we really want but to also have a solid financial future and be able to give generously. (It’s so fun to be able to give!)

I found this awesome verse on giving generously.

“You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.” – Deuteronomy 15:10

This doesn’t mean that if we become thrifty people and learn to give generously that we’ll automatically become millionaires – I wish it did! But knowing that the Lord is watching what we do with our finances is a good enough reason for me to be a good steward of what He’s entrusted me with.

What do you think? Do thrifty people get a bad rap?

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Comments (4)

  1. Such a interesting post. I also try to be “thrifty” – and I dont think thrifty means “cheap”. =)
    I think its a good idea to save where we can, and like you mentioned its a good thing to save for what we want, and to be able to give.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Tshanina Peterson January 19 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Melissa!

  2. blogqueendiane January 17 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I think it’s great to be careful with your money, whatever you call it. And I always think people who don’t compare prices, try to get the best deal, etc. are sort of dumb not to!

    I also think you can be careful with money most of the time and prioritize the things you do want to spend money on (Super Thrifty but These are the Things I’m Willing to Splurge On at Everyone needs some treats sometimes!

    • Tshanina Peterson January 19 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      I’m amazed at some of the ways people throw their money around without comparing prices too!

      Much like you, we have a few things we splurge on too. :O)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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