Please refer to me by my Latin name: illegitimus frugalis.Posted by Donna Freedman on May 13, 2010 | 12 comments
Apparently some folks think that frugal people are really just cheap bastards. Witness this response to my most recent Living With Less column on MSN Money, “Stock a closet with $1 gifts“:
“I really can’t stand articles like this. No matter what you’ve been told, you really should learn to pass up a bargain,” wrote someone named “Kaplan.”
“It doesn’t matter how bad the economy is, going el-cheapo on your gift-giving is like telling a person, ‘You matter to me, but not that much.’ … Come on, people! Stop being so materialistic. Stop feeling like you have to buy things. If you can’t afford it, don’t give it. And if you are materialistic, tell your cheap friends you don’t want their store-reject coupon deals!”
Anybody but me think that Kaplan wanted a pony last Christmas and didn’t get one? What puzzles me is that he or she suggests that people “stop being so materialistic,” yet rants about how they’re not spending ENOUGH on gifts.
As for the “If you can’t afford it, don’t give it” aspect of the argument, the entire point of shopping in this way is that this is the only way some people can afford to give.
Oh well. Everyone is entitled to the wrong opinion.
For other Living With Less columns — topics like “Get paid to save money,” “Free toothpaste for life,” “How to play the cashback game,” “Free stuff: Get it, give it, swap it,” “How to live rent-free” and “Surviving Armageddon on a budget” (or, in case you don’t survive, “How to get a free funeral”) — bookmark this URL:
Incidentally, you have to scroll way down to leave a comment on these articles. There’s mondo white space and then a box with MSN videos. But you can voice an opinion if you choose. Not that I’d ever lean on readers to do that. (Do it.) Because that would be pushy. (Do it!) I mean, just because I wish I had more comments on some MSN columns (do it do it do it) is no reason to strong-arm folks.
And could somebody send Kaplan that pony?