No invitations with a slight smell of lavender were sent. No white gown made primarily of tulle was painstakingly stiched. No escort from a well-respected family needed to be secured. I may be Southern born and may have gone through junior cotillions, but I never received a proper coming out ball. No dramatic introduction into society declaring I am a woman (and apparently ready to be wedded). So, let me formally make my societal debut here.
[In dramatic announcer voice]: Broke Millennial, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Fiscally-Aware Boomers, is escorted by her date, Mr. Frugal, son of Mr and Mrs. Cheapskate Tightwads.
Yes, stifle those unrefined gasps. I am indeed escorted by Frugality. A most respectable date, even if often rebuked as no fun and possibly a little obsessive.
(I’m not really one for curtseying …)
(Perhaps more for bull riding in formal attire.)
Jokes aside, coming out frugal has proven to be quite the find for me over the past few years. I’m not remotely ashamed of my frugality. I also will not balk at the terms: cheapskate, penny-pincher, scrooge, tightwad, stingy, skinflint or miser. Okay, maybe miser and scrooge would cause me to debate the merits of my lifestyle. I actually do spend money on things I see a value in, which tends to be traveling.
If you’re frugal, but are afraid to come clean with friends and family now is the time. Why? Because get this…THEY GIVE YOU THINGS! People who know about this blog or just know me well are pretty inclined to send coupons, discount codes, hand-me-downs, food and sometimes just cash my way.
A few great gets from friends and family being aware of my money-conscious ways:
- All this nail polish from a co-worker (painting my nails is my one girly vice).
- A lot of designer brand clothes from people who wore it once and decided to give it away.
(Yup, that Banana Republic blazer and cute sundress were hand-me-downs.)
- Furniture, home accessories and dishware
(That isn’t the actual set up in my apartment. For display purposes only.)
- People’s leftovers. Okay, that one might be a little embarrassing, but I can’t stand seeing food go to waste. If we ate family style or in a way that people’s germs aren’t all up in their food then I’m likely to take it home.
- FOOD, of the not already slightly used variety…
(Yesterday, a colleague brought me half a loaf of freshly baked bread. Unprompted!)
So this week’s frugal find is simple. If you tend to hide your frugality don’t. You never know what you might get!
What is the best SWAG you’ve received? Do you find people are more likely to give you things if they know you’re frugal?
Some of my favorite posts from this week:
- Versailles: A Tale of Ten Kitchens on Club Thrifty
- Movin’ On Down on 1500 Days to Freedom
- When lifestyle inflation isn’t even fun on Get Rich Slowly
- Could the end of unpaid internships be near? on Debt Blag
- Let Your Savings Account Blossom with These First Day of Summer Freebies and Discounts on GoBankingRates.com
And thanks to College Financing Group for sharing my story: How one student avoided the “millennial curse” by looking beyond her dream school.