When Frugality Goes too Far..
Warning: I am about to be REAL in this blog post.. It’s not meant to hurt your feelings, more t0 make you think about things. If you are easily offended, feel free to skip on over this.
Have you ever looked at a blog post, “frugal tactic” or whatever else and thought: “wow, that person has took it too far” or “that isn’t for me”?
I have. and it seems that lately, I’ve seen this a lot!
When the show “Extreme Cheapstakes” came out; there were a.lot. of things that I didn’t agree with. Such as saving your urine to drink in case you ran out of water. That is very, very extreme. I guess in a life-death situation; I might have to consider it but right now? I’m grateful for the water that comes out of my sink and will never take it for granted.
Another example, is “glitch” coupon deals. I mostly see this on Instagram — and a lot of them I just don’t agree with. Glitch deals are deals that usually happen by mistake because of a coupon code that might have went viral (that was meant for one person, or a select few people) , a coupon is working on different products that it isn’t meant to work on… Its basically people who take full.advantage. of a mistake that a store let slip through.
Consider this: If a physical store (one that you went into to purchase product) somehow left their doors open overnight and someone discovered this… is that an open invite for people to go in and take the products? NO. That is considered stealing. Even if someone made a mistake by leaving the doors open. That is what I see “glitch” deals as.
The anonymity of the internet has made it easier for people to justify the actions they take over the internet.
I encourage you to just take a look at some of the actions that you take when you consider what makes you “frugal”. Here are more tactics that I feel are over the line:
Using an item and returning it. — If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it!
Going out to eat and not tipping correctly. — I am a little biased on this subject because I used to be a full-time restaurant server. I totally get that there are not good servers out there.. but when you go out to eat fully knowing that you don’t plan on tipping the server what they are worth, that is wrong. Stick to a fast food place where the tip isn’t needed.
Asking for a water cup and not using it on water — Sure, soda is cheap. but is it right to take it and not pay? Businesses don’t run by giving away free soda. If they did, they would have given you the soda cup instead.
Turning your paid movie into TWO movies — Sure, maybe they won’t see you sneak into the movie. It still doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.
What do you think? Do you agree with these?