*Note there is a difference between a tightwad and a cheapskate.
Have you ever visited a home and wondered if you could talk about saving money? Here are 10 signs that you have entered a tightwad’s house.
10 Signs You Are in a Tightwad’s House
- When the seasons change instead of a trip to the mall for new clothes, one makes a trip to the storage shed to retrieve the box labeled with your size. No store bags lying around the house.
- When you notice items used in a different way like a china cabinet holding school books, or a kitchen cabinet going sideways to fit about the refrigerator.
- The cars in the driveway clearly have almost 200,000 miles and weren’t manufactured in this decade.
- When you can’t find paper towels or napkins because the cloth napkins are stored in the silverware drawer.
- The popcorn doesn’t come in a bag with directions for the microwave.
- There is homemade dishwasher soap on the counter.
- Dinner leftovers are stored in plastic containers to be frozen for packed lunches.
- The thermostat in the summer is set to 84 degrees and in the winter set to 67 degrees. Settings are for temperatures to not sweat or freeze to death.
- An assortment of cups assigned to each kid and left in designated spot to be reused throughout the day.
- Hardly any magazines lying around the house but the ones you do see are most interesting.
When a tightwad way of life becomes the normal, it’s easy to forget what things you do to save money. People often ask me what are some of my tricks for saving money…I usually draw a blank on the answer. Doesn’t everyone have cloth napkins in their kitchens?
Really it takes time to incorporate different lifestyle changes. When I first got married we ate at restaurants almost 3 to 5 times a week. My husband and I still talk about when the kids move out maybe we can go out to eat once a month. Well maybe we will.