Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Put them in the recycle bin - for crying outloud!
I am a born-again saver. And by that I mean....I inherited the 'thrifty' gene.
My dad was.....uh-hem....'frugal'. And yet....somehow I managed to think I had an amazing childhood. Sure, he would embarrass me when we'd go shopping and he'd walk up to the checkout counter and say "how much will you take for this?". As I stood there in horror, poking him in the side saying "DAD...the price is on the tag", he'd turn to me and say "yes, but that's not the price you have to pay....always ask."
As a teenager, I was mortified until I observed that many times the sales person would say "oh...we'll give you 10% off". Are you serious?? Then why didn't they just put up a sign that said "10% off"??? But I had some really cool stuff!
He also knew where all the best sales in town where. It's not that we were dirt poor - in fact, he was a genius when it came to investing leaving my mom in great financial shape when he passed away suddenly. He was just smart with money.
Now that I'm all grown up I am pretty proud to say that I LOVE A BARGAIN and am queen of the good deals (ask my husband how much I have SAVED him over the years!)
But there really should be a place where I draw the line on being frugal. Right? I mean really, how many empty Salsa Containers do I need to keep to store leftovers? Today, I'm going against my genetic nature and tossing a few in the recycle bin. After all, I'm sure it will be melted down and someday I'll end up buying another container of Salsa made out of recycled plastic. I think this is truly....the circle of life.