About the Author
MakintheBacon$ is a personal finance/lifestyle blogger who enjoys writing about her thoughts and experiences in life and finance. When she’s not blogging she can be found at the gym motivating people, in the kitchen baking cupcakes, riding her bike here and there, travelling to an exotic destination or on the couch with a glass of white wine and a good book.
Kids can be cute and say the darnedest cutest things. But they can also be real mean. Two words: Mean Girls. In real life and in the movie. Okay. Okay. It’s not only girls. But for some reason, girls seem to be naturally meaner? What is up with that?
During my grade school days, I got made fun of. It was never to the point of bullying, but I did get teased a fair bit. For many different things. Getting good grades in school. Funny how being a “braniac” in grade school and high school is not considered cool by most, yet in university it is considered very cool and you are well-respected. I actually consider it a turn-on! This explains the fact why most guys I’ve dated were nerdy in one way or another. The love of my life is pretty nerdy. When we both are wearing our glasses and kiss, I say “Nerd love.”
I got teased also for having to wear glasses at an early age. This was at a time when they weren’t considered “trendy”. I got teased for being the one of the first to get braces. But then everyone else started to get them!!! As I mentioned in my post I want to get married, for all the wrong reasons , I got teased for my last name. Although no one makes fun of it now, it still bugs me.
With all those things put behind me, people appreciating my nerdiness, braces off, glasses replaced by contacts, I still get teased for one thing from time to time: BEING FRUGAL
I’d have to say the most common thing I’ve been told is “Stop being so cheap!”
My sister told me I would (emphasis on the would) shop for clothes at the grocery store. And why not? I’m all about multi-functionality, efficiency, and saving money!
“What do you use coupons for? Are you 60 years old?”
I had a flip phone for so long and although I got a blackberry a little over a year ago, I am constantly teased for it.
Aside from the teasing, I have been complimented a few times on how well I am able to find bargains and save so aggressively. (I do not have a six figure income and am currently nowhere near it).
It’s ironic how a lot of the times, the people who tease you about your spending/saving habits are the ones who most likely have worse spending/saving habits. It’s almost as if they want you to be in the same position as they are, so they won’t feel so bad.
NO THANK YOU.
Or maybe they are jealous.
I’ll admit, sometimes I do feel like a complete outsider to some of my friends when it comes to frugality or investing. I get real excited when I find a deal and am able to save more money. I get real emotional watching the prices of my stocks and mutual funds rise and fall. I am obsessive about entering my expenses in my monthly budget spreadsheets and always strive to save more of my income and invest more. I am constantly thinking about what stocks I should buy next.
If you still want to tease me about my frugality, go ahead. I don’t care. All I know is that I’m saving my money, enjoying my money and enjoying watching it grow. So just like the little red-headed kid in the image: nanny-nanny-poo-poo!
Have you ever been teased for being frugal?