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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

She’s Not Cheap…She’s Thrifty


She’s Not Cheap…She’s Thrifty

Have I mentioned that my wife is thrifty?  Thrifty in a never throw anything away, kind of way, not thrifty in a never buy stuff, kind of way.

I have been chastised for throwing away a used paper towel.  “There was still some clean up left in it!”

I have been shunned for tossing a Popsicle stick. “I may need it to prop up the plant on the window sill!”

I have learned to leave a glass with two ounces of water covered by a paper napkin alone.  “I wasn’t done with that water...and what happened to the napkin!!?”

In our garage we have a 29 year old stroller/ baby carriage, state of the art in its day, garbage today, because “One of my kids may want it someday!” (No way in hell)

I almost tossed a VCR tape re-winder away…OMG did the you-know-what hit the fan.

So when I saw this in the dish drain next to the sink, did I throw it in the trash? 

I may be a slow learner, but eventually I do learn, I left it to dry.

I know the last straw when I see it.

23 comments:

  1. My sister isn't thrifty. She's a hoarder.

    She got mad at me for throwing away a shoe box once. When I asked her what she was keeping it for, she said, "To hold smaller containers."

    A container she doesn't need to hold containers she doesn't need!

    This is why the self-storage unit industry is thriving.

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    1. "A container she doesn't need to hold containers she doesn't need!" Haha! Great line!

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  2. I do that with straws! Even though they are free for the taking when I get my 44 oz Diet Coke every day. No need for a new straw, just rinse it out and use it again. One straw a week is fine!

    I was also fine using my big foam cup for a week to get refills, but then that environment-unfriendly enemy-of-the-Earth county health department ruled that refills are unsanitary!

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  3. I used to pinch the pennies until they screamed, and then I became penny wise and pound foolish, life's too short.

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  4. The PHG and her beau spent three months and two of those large haulaway dumpsters straightening out his thrifty mother's house.

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  5. well that is absolutely the last straw! Ha Ha.

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  6. Congratulations on resisting the urge to chuck whatever it was in the drainer. It takes a while but men DO learn ... eventually.

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  7. Of course she wants to use the straw more than once, that's thrifty. By the way, open notice to anyone over age 50, if you are saving it for your children/grandchildren, they don't want it (unless it's one or two very valuable small antique pieces to remind them of grandparents/great grandparents).

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  8. It's not about thrift, you know...

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  9. Kudos to you for such a funny and well-written post. I am a throw away stuff while hubby wants to keep anything that belonged to his mother...including a very old and chipped mixing bowl. He now uses it for shaving.

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  10. I hear ya. We have a hundred-pack of straws in the cabinet, and at the rate the wife uses them/disposes of them we'll still have 90 left at the start of the next century.

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  11. The last straw cracked me up. As for the glass of water, I have found that a cat food container cover is the perfect cover for a half empty glass and it is reusable but of course she will have to buy one first. Good luck.

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  12. I love you wife. I know you do too and it's far better to have a thrifty wife than one that spends, spends and spends some more. You know that too.

    Have a fabulous day Joe. ☺

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  13. LOL! At least you know that "everything" is off limits. I feel sorry for my husband - he has to guess which items he should have left alone and which ones he should have had the sense to know were meant for the trash!

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  14. My granny was nuts about the paper towels. You were expected to basically use the same paper towel for the duration of your 2-week visit. But in her defense, she had to get through the rationing of WW2 with living in one room with a cranky husband and 4 kids.....

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  15. I'm the one who throws everything away. It's taught many people (ok, four) to clean up after themselves.

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  16. Aww.. she cares about the environment.. that's a good thing.

    I had a basement and garage full of things that I thought should stick around for one reason or another. When I moved, I donated several dozen boxes of things.. and those were just the things that fit into boxes. I learned that if you find your local Freecycle online, you can get things to homes that really need/want that particular item. Anyway, I figure they might not want the straw. ;)

    Your wife is a gem.

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  17. I've moved too many times to hang on to stuff I don't need. There have been times when I wished I had kept something...but not very often. LOL at "the last straw."

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  18. I'm right there with ya man, too few hours in the day and too many rules!!

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  19. You may be a slow learner, but you are learning indeed!

    betty

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  20. Hahahahahaha. The "last straw.." Love it. :D

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