one word : frugal
You would think that my life would be one of great frugality, what with being single and (too often) unemployed, and yet when I ponder the word “frugal” I don’t apply it to myself. I think “budget” and “penny-pincher”, which apply to my dad and to my sister, respectively, but I wouldn’t use them to describe myself. Which is a shame, of course, considering that I am single and unemployed. And yet it does not seem to fit.
Frugal is a grand goal to have. It’s a goal I would like to adopt, in fact, if I could ever get past the lure of the bright and shiny in the aisles of the supercenters. Bright and shiny is my downfall. So while I can say that I try to stay on a budget and try to keep spending down, it is hardly a motto of my life. The Targets of the world know this… and create bright and shiny One Spots. And frugal goes out the window.
I will continue to try until one day I can school others on being frugal. I will make renewed efforts each year to resist temptations as I shop for groceries. Barring that, I’ll lose my eyesight and no longer be tempted by the shiny. Let’s see which comes first.