Extreme Frugality: The Scrooge Syndrome
I have a confession to make. I have developed a Scrooge Syndrome. I have been trying to hard to save money and pay off debt that I have been depriving me (us) of pretty much anything extra. It’s made me irritable, cranky, and downright blah. I’ve decided that I’m going to relax a little bit on how much we spend and live life a little bit. You only live once, right?
I am tired of pinching pennies. I have become obsessed with saving money. Hoarding it, basically. I want to save every penny I can, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. For example, I had been keeping the air conditioning set at over 80 degrees. One night I got so hot and tired of not being able to fall asleep that I got up and went and turned it down to 75. I figured that was a happy medium. The other day I wanted Mr. Money to come out to my work and go to lunch with me, but being that it’s so far away and gas is so expensive, I decided I would just eat lunch by myself. Then I decided that I really don’t see him that often and that I would take advantage of being able to spend time with him and make a memory that I called him and asked him to go to lunch with me. And I don’t regret it one bit.
I don’t know if it’s my personality or what, but it just seems like sometimes I go to extremes. I have gone past frugal and cheap and went all the way to Scrooge! I am kind of disappointed in myself, but I also feel better now that I’ve realized what I’ve been doing and I have a plan to correct it.
What crosses the line of frugal vs cheap? Have you found yourself doing some of the same things as me?