Extreme Frugality: The Scrooge Syndrome

Posted by Mrs Money on August 2nd, 2008

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scr.jpgI 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?

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3 Responses to “Extreme Frugality: The Scrooge Syndrome”


  1. Sue says:

    You could be me! The way you think is SO ME!

    You’ll be pleased to know that I’m 53 and along the way life has taught me to ease up on the Scrooge Syndrome and enjoy a few $$’s.

    The main thing is that you’re aware of becoming a Scrooge and you do something about it without going to the other extreme.

    Don’t worry too much about it. You can’t change who you are.

    My husband reckons my frugal streak has been good for him. He used to waste all his money. Now he does without a few of his past luxuries, but he has a lot more to show for his hard work.

    My kids used to complain about my frugality, but now they say they learned a lot from me. They’re both frugal too.

    I’ve spent most of today browsing your site and I love the way you think! Just remember that overall, people come before money.

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  2. Mrs Money says:

    Sue,
    Thank you for your kind words! I appreciate it. :)

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