i was reading the other day about "the frugals", people who penny pinch in some areas so that they can have what they want in other areas. i might live in weirdsville but i didn't think that was a characteristic of frugal people, i thought it was necessary for survival.
it got me to thinking about my own spending habits.
- i refuse to buy a coffee everyday, when i have coffee at home and there's free coffee in the canteen at work. i will buy a coffee as a little treat or pick- me- up.
- i would prefer to eat out less often at nicer places with better food than to eat at crumby places with crumbier food
- i refuse to buy cheap coffee. i don't desperately need the extra few dollars per jar so i might as well drink something palatable
- i also refuse to buy cheap ice cream and these days i even buy my favourite, very expensive, Homer Hudson on occasions rather than look at it longingly ( it's $8 for 500ml/ pint)
i read recently that contrary to what you might expect, prostitutes do well in times of economic downturn because the men who frequent them regard it not as a luxury but as a neccessity
what would you be prepared to give up in a fiscal emergency and what do you regard as sacrosanct?