Frugality is a Virtue

I am a very stingy person.

I wear my father’s old shirts. I wear shoes with holes. I don’t have a car. I walk in the rain to save the bus fare. I never buy anything new if the old stuff still works. I don’t make presents. In winter, I put my food outside, so that I can switch off the fridge. I always look for the cheapest shop. I go to cinemas in the afternoon when films are cheaper. When I feel hungry, I collect mushrooms in the forest.

Some people seem to be put off by this behavior of mine, particularly women.

Thus, I was excited to see that Congressman Gary Peters, an equally stingy guy, it seems, made a virtue out of it:

He won the election.

Henceforth, I shall no longer be ashamed of being stingy, but I shall advertise it as a virtue and recommend it to others. Being stingy is cool.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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11 Responses to Frugality is a Virtue

  1. Hessenhenker says:

    Why give the money back to the state, they use it for global warming and such crap.
    Give the money to me for my Krautfunding! Thanks.

  2. djgarcia94 says:

    I wouldn’t call any of that behavior you described “stingy.” Stinginess means not willing to share with others. At least that’s what in means in American English, I don’t know about in Britain.

  3. hrh7 says:

    Errr, in moderation, it is.
    But as a previously stingy and sick person, to myself most often, I really don’t like being stingy anymore. The value of my life increased exceedingly when I resolved to start spending money on me.

  4. Gia says:

    Frugal means “economical in use or expenditure; prudent saving or sparing; not wasteful”.
    Stingy means “reluctant to give or spend; not generous; penurious”.
    So which one is you or are you both?
    You say you have nothing to share but you can always share your smile your compassion your kindness etc..

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