Recently, the Wisebread blog had a post called “30 Signs That You Were Raised By Frugal Parents.” While I read that post and found myself nodding my head in agreement with many of the “signs,” after I was done reading, I thought, “Hey, there’s more!”
So I came up with 11 more ways that you know you were raised by a frugal parent.
- You purchased dinnerware, cutlery, pots and pans through frequent buyer points at the supermarket.
- You had to save every label and UPC code for refunding.
- You had at least one article of clothing in your closet, per season, that came from a house of worship rummage or yard sale.
- You grew vegetables in your yard.
- You walked places within a mile of home to save gas.
- You packed a picnic lunch to take to the beach rather than stopping at the deli on the way or, gasp, the concession stand when you got there.
- You collected and returned all bottles to get the deposit back.
- You never paid for fireplace wood; you gathered it from the yard.
- You reused every plastic bag, newspaper sleeve, and padded envelope to line trash cans, pick up after the dog, or mail something to someone else.
- You didn’t have central air conditioning because an attic fan was cheaper.
- You never purchased rags or bought paper towels. You would cut up old t-shirts and bath towels to repurpose them as rags.
Additionally, I discuss 9 living frugal ways in this Home Goes Strong blog post, all inspired by that aforementioned WiseBread story.
Let me know if you also grew up in a frugal household and how that frugality came to fruition.