Saturday, December 11, 2010

I'm frugal, not cheap

   There are numerous ways that I live "on the cheap," because this is what's best for my wallet and the environment. I drink water in restaurants, take navy showers, reuse aluminum foil, etc., etc. Because I do MANY little things, I have the money to splurge on what matters to me, even if it's $11.64 per pound imported cheese.
   Conscious of the carbon imprint of shipping foreign goods here, I have given up foreign wines, Nutella, avocados from Chile when they're out of season here, Bonne Maman Preserves and any number of other AMAZING products.
   Though I still crave it like mad, knowing Nutella contains palm oil, the production of which is decimating rainforests, makes it easier to give up. Abstaining from avocados in the off season just makes them that much more coveted when I can get them from here in the states. And I now make my own preserves, without high fructose corn syrup, that are pretty durned good (but not as good as Bonne Maman...sigh). Aside from an occasional bottle of liqueur, the Parmigiano Reggiano pictured here is my last holdout.
   I will use every little smidgen of this block of cheese--even the rinds, which will help to flavor soups. And I will doggedly continue to search for high quality US products, preferably made right here in ole Kentucky. Regardless of the price.
   When it comes to food, quality outweighs expense with me. BUT I've found that the expense of quality foodstuffs is sometimes comparable to the cheap stuff, because one little scoop of DELICIOUSNESS is far more satisfying than a whole heaping bowlful of MEH. Know what I mean?


Leigh Ann said...

Absolutely. What I've also learned is if I buy something because it's a cheaper brand (say, salad dressing) and I don't like it, I won't finish it, and it will mold in my fridge. If I had spent an extra dollar, none of the food would be wasted. So I think three dollars of fully-consumed is better than two dollars tasted and wasted. :)

That said, it is tough for me not to use this as a justification not to buy pretty much anything I want sometimes.

Gorgeous site. And thanks for listing my blog in the side column! I'm truly honored. Keep up the awesome work.

Dmarie said...

Thx, Frugal Ima, I'm so tickled to have found your site through Blogspot's Blogs of Note. I always look forward to your next post!

Alaiyo Kiasi said...

I admire your creativity regarding saving money. My husband always have the "discussion" at restaurants whenever we are eating out and I want to order something besides water. Those beverages DO add up. Your discipline inspires me.


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