Those of you who have been following this blog for a while might remember my post about cheapskate-ing here. As I mentioned in that post, I don't consider myself a cheapskate, frugal or thrifty- yes, but not a cheapskate.Well, imagine my surprise when a few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a casting assistant for the famous show "Extreme cheapskates". OK, I do realize that they, probably, send similar e-mails to a bazillion people but I was surprised. Because as I mentioned before, I DO NOT consider myself extreme in our frugal ways.
For many reasons, I felt that I'm not a good fit for the show but I've been thinking about it ever since. Am I too frugal?! Am I sometimes extreme?
Then in the last few weeks some things happened that prompted this post. First, was a conversation about mending socks that I had with my SILs a couple of weeks ago. Do you ever mend socks? I do! And I never thought twice about it. My Mom always did it, and she taught me how to do it correctly, so it only takes a couple of minutes of my time. When I do the laundry every week, I go through all the socks and set aside the ones that need to be mended, and then take care of them throughout the week when I have an extra minute (like when I watch TV or something). Maybe, because there are only four of us but it really doesn't take much time at all. But it's not just socks. I'm not much of a seamstress but I do mend clothes all the time to help them last longer (like jeans, etc). And I've never thought of it as extreme...
The other thing that made me think was a comment that Daniela from Frugal Ain't Cheap (isn't the name of her blog cool? That's how I see myself too :) left the other day about clothes swaps. It immediately brought up some memories. I've been to a few clothes swaps in my life (organized by our church members) but once I was invited to a swap in a nice area where mostly rich people live. I've never seen anything like it. There were piles and piles of clothes, almost like a thrift store, seriously. They were giving out big garbage bags to fill in as you go through (you know, those black ones for really big trash cans). As I was going through the room, I looked around and quickly realized that the only people looking through clothes other than me, were teenage girls...None of the local women would wear things second-hand...I didn't stay there long...I felt a little weird.
I really don't mind thrift stores and buy plenty of clothes there, often in brand-new condition (like the yellow shoes that I wore with this outfit). But there are some things where I draw the line. As I was reading "Money secrets of the Amish", the author mentions that they would buy used underwear too. Um, sorry, but no, thank you! I know hot water and bleach can do wonders but just the idea of how many people might've...khm...tried them on...makes me cringe...As a matter of fact, no socks from thrift stores either. I'd rather mend my own :)
I guess, we all have different ideas of what's frugal and what's cheap for us (and some don't care or even try hard not to be either). What's yours? Where do you draw the line? Under what circumstances would this line shift for you? And hey, if you say that mending socks is cheap for you, I promise, it will not offend me :) What works for me, doesn't have to work for you. I mean it :)
And for those of you who think, you might be a good fit for the "Extreme Cheapskates" show, you are welcome to contact Alessandra for more information:
Casting Assistant - TLC's Extreme Cheapskates