This is an interesting topic. REcent research shoes that white, middle to upperclass females in rural areas are the most likely to use coupons and feel good about using them. I don't mind the word cheap, but I have heard a few to many cashiers throw the word around when they are frustrated with my massive stack of coupons. I consider myself to be frugal, resourceful, and genius for the ways I use coupons. These are all good qualities. I ran across this and thought it was worth pondering:
1. A frugal person doesn't go out to dinner when they can't afford it, and pays their fair share when they do. A cheap person doesn't leave enough money to cover their portion of the bill, thereby causing the rest of the group to pay for them.
2. A frugal person borrows DVDs from the library. A cheap person makes illegal copies of the DVDs for their own personal library.
3. A frugal person has a grocery budget and cooks healthy meals from scratch. A cheap person eats Top Ramen every night even though they can afford much better food.
4. A frugal person doesn't spend every penny they earn, and leaves an inheritance. A cheap person eats cat food for dinner and lives in squalor while they have a million dollars in the bank.
Not taking care of our own health and well-being could be considered being cheap with oneself. I want to be both frugal and generous, and I don't think they're mutually exclusive.What are some other examples of when frugal goes too far and enters the land of the cheap?