Monday, January 26

How to know you've gone over to "The Frugal Side"

Sam's Club offers business members early hours -- including some coffee and some snacks. (Mom got a membership back when freelance writers still qualified. I'm her secondary on the account.)

Walking in to get some milk, I noticed they had still-green bananas instead of the usual donut holes. Wouldn't be good for another day or two. But on the way out, I grabbed one.

Walking out, I prided myself on grabbing a banana. Sure, it wouldn't be ready to eat today, but it was free food. Then, a sudden realization hit me: I could have had two bananas. I didn't ask Tim to grab one. I started mentally kicking myself.

About five seconds into a "Dumb, dumb, dumb!" rant in my head, I realized that I was castigating myself over something that sells for about 99 cents per pound.

That was when I realized: I am definitely losing my perspective... And yet, I was still irritated at the missed chance.

Very worrying.

Worse is that I would see the banana while walking into the kitchen to get some water or whatever. And I would think, "Oooo! Free banana!"

Yep. That's right. I'm excited to eat a banana.

I think the important part is just acceptance of this facet of my personality. And to stay away from monkeys.

What was your moment of realization? What is your favorite thing you've gotten for free?

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Blogger Naturally Frugal said...

I've found how addictive can be. So far my favorite free thing I've gotten is Trivial Pursuite 90'2 Edition game and the game Scene It!
Oh, and the free food at Costco - you can get a whole meal out of that stuff!

January 27, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Blogger Shtinkykat said...

I haven't gone completely frugal but you make a good point about losing perspective in the rabid pursuit of frugality. I knew I lost perspective when I would buy stuff I didn't need only because I had a coupon or it was discounted. 50% off $20 junk means I lost $10 on junk. I need to constantly remind myself: No matter the price, it's not a bargain unless I need it.

January 27, 2009 at 9:09 PM

Blogger ~Dawn C said...

You have gone over to the 'other side' in a scary way... oh how will we ever pull you back out of this black hole that will suck you in? /snark

Glad to see you reveling in your frugality

January 29, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Blogger Fabulously Broke said...


"Ooo free banana!"

It's okay. We all have our lapses.

Fabulously Broke in the City

"Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver."

January 30, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Blogger Abby said...

In my defense, the banana *was* awfully tasty!

January 30, 2009 at 12:19 PM


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