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When Frugality Bites…


I’ve been known to be cheap, err, frugal. We don’t have a lot of cash and I’d prefer not to go into debt so I’ve been caught acting ridiculous a time or two to save money.

I knew it would catch up with me.

I made a fresh batch of cookies the other night and grabbed my husband’s Charger football oven glove from the drawer to pull the cookie sheet out. As soon as my gloved hand touched the hot metal, I screamed and dropped the cookies on the floor. Upon further examination, I found a rather large hole in the thumb finger of the glove. My hand suffered a nasty burn.

I angrily threw the oven mitt in the trash and used another one from the drawer for the remaining cookies.

Last night, hubby made a yummy dinner and I heard him shuffling through the oven mitt drawer while the baby and I were playing on the living room floor.

‘Hey hon? Where is my Charger mitt?’ he asked.

‘It had a hole in the thumb and I burned myself so I threw it in the trash.’ I called from the living room.


I picked up the baby and walked into the kitchen. He was staring at the drawer, deflated.

He looked up at me, ‘I know it had a hole in it. I just didn’t use the thumb part. Things have been kinda tight lately and I didn’t want to spend the money to replace it. And aren’t you always saying we need to make things last longer?’

Sigh. He caught me on that. He should be allowed to have at least one crazy frugal holdout. Plus, I should have known not to throw out a man’s football anything.

Looks like the first thing I’m buying in debt free March is a Chargers oven mitt. Sorry honey.

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  • Reply Poor to Rich a Day at a Time |

    Just browsing sites and found your lovely blog here! Looking forward to being a faithful reader for 2012 and am adding you to my blog roll!

    I have done that burn from whole in the oven mitt thumb! Too funny it had to be poor hubby’s football one!

  • Reply Monica |

    Please don’t think that everyone who chooses to live a simple, non-indulgent life might be suffering a psychological problem (as the Consumerist article that brought me here sort of implied). Particularly as people get older and as the economy gets worse, people may get some satisfaction out of making do with what they have rather than indulging in the type of spending they might have done when times were better. And also, people may choose to live simply for religious or spiritual reasons that are none of anyone else’s business. On the other hand, if almost everything on the checklist applies, that might be an indication that things have gotten out of hand for you. So thanks for the article, because I think it really does help you think about whether you’re going too far.

So, what do you think ?