We're bread-making, restaurant shunning, do-it-your-self-ing and saving tons of cash. My favorite past time is watching the bank account grow and then paying off huge chunks of debt. One day, those dollars will get to stay in the family instead of filling the coffers of big corporations. Boy oh boy the fun trips we will go on then!
Ask the Readers: What Makes You a Cheapskate?
**Congrats to our winners! **
The winners of the $20 Amazon GC AND the book:
- #34 I consider myself a "cheapskate" by the way my household is run. Lunches are made at home for work, school, outings, etc. Water bottles are filled up anytime we get into the car, there is 200.00 mo/50.00 wk spent on groceries for a family of four. Ebay it all day long for back to school clothing, craigslist etc. I dont believe I have paid full price for anything in the last few years.
Being frugal is a stress free way of life. Your family is closer, your bills and debts are being paid, and it makes it easier when you know that snack you put in your mouth was either free, or next to nothing.
Life is good, and you should never waste it on material things. You cant take it with you, and when you do have it; it is only temporary enjoyment. That is not true happiness. God, Family, and a peaceful life is worth being "cheap."
Night_Runner: I'm a cheapskate because I cook at home instead of going out - it's more fun and a whole lot cheaper. :)
The winner of the book:
- #41 Our family motto is "Use it up, wear it out, fix it up or do without."
Remember when the title "cheapskate" had a negative ring to it? Thanks to people like Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate and author of the new book The Cheapskate Next Door, it's nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, you can now wear your cheapskate badge with pride! In celebration of frugality and the community that lives it every day, we're giving away 3 copies of The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means, along with our regular $20 Amazon gift card prizes. You can read all about this great book in our review, or check it out for yourself at Amazon.com.
"One thing that delighted me about this book is how the people Yeager met seemed extremely proud of their lifestyle. They revel in the fact that they have a minimum amount of debt and seem to love their lives." - Xin Lu, Wise Bread
We want to know what qualifies you as a "cheapskate". Are you horrifying in your money-saving ways? Or do you pinch your pennies with finesse and class? Let us know what makes you truly frugal, and you'll be entered to win one of two $20 Amazon gift cards or a copy of Jeff's new book!
Feel free to link to a blog post, if you've written on this topic! We'll include it in our post upon the conclusion of our giveaway!
Win one of two $20 Amazon gift cards or one of 3 copies of Jeff's new book:
We're doing two giveaways — one for random comments, and another one for random tweets.
How to Enter:
- Post your answer in the comments below, or
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- Contest ends Monday, July 12th at 11:59 pm CST. Winners will be announced after July 12th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email and Twitter Direct Message.
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- Only tweets that contain both "@wisebread" and "#WBAsk" will be entered. (Otherwise, we won't see it.)
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