Wise Bread is one of my favorite financial websites. It has inspired many of my columns and is a great resource for money-saving tips. The site also publishes funny columns from time to time, like “30 Signs That You Were Raise by Frugal Parents.”
Now, this list isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. I got a few laughs out of it. My parents weren’t overly frugal, but they’re definitely bargain hunters and do-it-yourselfers — clearly it rubbed off on me.
To read the full column click the link above, but I’ve pasted the 30 signs below. The numbers in bold apply to myself, and I’ve left a few comments in Italics. Which can you relate to?
1. You skip the headlines in the Sunday paper and head straight for the sales inserts.
2. You’ve washed (or seriously considered washing) tin foil to use it a second time.
3. You remember smuggling homemade snacks into the Saturday matinee.
4. You know how to buff your shoes to high shine by adding a bit of water or heat to the polish.
5. You’ll still stop to pick up a penny. (Confession: only if it’s heads up)
6. You ignore the suggested use or recommended quantity directions on most products.
7. There’s a coupon organizer in your purse or car (extra credit if it includes a calculator). (No calculator in my coupon book, but the one on my phone comes into play often)
8. You save rubber bands or twist-ties.
9. The chocolate milk you were served as a kid was heavily diluted with regular milk.
10. You have a loyalty card to any thrift store chain.
11. You can sew a button, darn a sock, or repair a seam.
12. You firmly believe that vinegar and bleach are the only two household cleaning products anyone really needs. (Maybe not the ONLY cleaning products anyone needs, but these two products are life savers with universal uses)
13. Your family holds a contest to guess how much money is in the change jar every six months.
14. A little mold on bread or cheese doesn’t cause you to immediately toss it.
15. There’s an almanac somewhere in your home.
16. You know the technique for properly canning food.
17. You know what Green Stamps are.
18. Your medicine chest has at least two hotel soaps or bottles of shampoo in it.
19. You know how to change the oil in your car (even if you don’t always do it yourself).
20. The primary toys of your childhood were wooden blocks, the great outdoors, and a tire swing. (I had plenty of traditional dolls, Barbies, etc., but I lived to play outside as a kid and loved to swing)
21. You know the balance of your checking account (within $5.00) at all times and without looking.
22. Negotiating the price of a used car inspires a sense of adventure and thrill.
23. You know the secret magic that’s contained in every bottle of furniture scratch cover.
24. You have a secret stash of used, neatly folded gift wrap from previous holidays and birthdays.
25. You regard empty butter and yogurt containers as a reuse challenge, not trash.
26. At least three pieces of your household furniture were acquired through dumpster-diving, a yard sale, an estate sale, or thrift store.
27. You brag to friends about how much you saved instead of how much you spent. (This probably gets really old after a while, but I’m not sorry)
28. You can calculate any product’s price-per-ounce in mere seconds.
29. Your dryer sheets have three times the life expectancy of other people’s.
30. You rinse out laundry detergent bottles and cut open toothpaste tubes to get at the last bit of product.
So, which of these do you fall under? What would you add to the list?