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Old 12-12-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Is your hubby as thrify as you?

Okay so title says it all!
AFM: DH was home for the last week since newbie was born. Now realize, he is not a gidget gadget type guy or needs new clothes etc. I had always thought of him as fairly thrifty, till he was home with me this last week. HE REFUSED to wash out the ziplocks and refused to hang stuff and used the dryer instead. He said he works so we can dry our clothes and buy ziplocks.... I know why he works, but I do those things so he doesn't have to work more nad so we have savings and such.... Plus I find it fun to save as much as we can and not to waste. He is the first out hter helpiing with the Chickens nad gardening and even making everything before we have to buy it,but I officially decided he is not as frugal as me. Oh and if it were up to him, we would use sposies in a heart beat

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
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Is it going to totally weird you out if I say that I've missed ya?? Really though, seems like we are kind of like minded in a lot of ways. I feel like dh and I are pretty much on the same level thrifty wise....but everyone has their days. I've caught dh on a few of those days and was kinda surprised. For example, today was one of those days for me. I'm a ziploc washing, line drying (wannabe), love to stretch every penny, Tightwad Gazette loving...you get the idea. But today, today...I somehow missed my foster daughter getting off the bus, it had to have been early. They drove her all the way back to town and she waited a solid half hour for me to get there. I couldn't believe it. She was so neglected all her life, so attached to me yet completely insecure in feeling loved...she is the last child that needs to feel forgotten by her Mommy. I headed straight to McDonalds for Happy Meals. I had to find some way to divert her attention and to make all of us feel better. $20 for lunch is a major no-no in my book, but today it just did not matter. Maybe you caught dh on one of those days??? New baby in the house with a whole crew to take care of?? I wouldn't be surprised.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:46 PM   #3
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Yes and No. He wears the same clothing he had in high school (he is 27) and almost never buys anything frivolous. He will purchase a cd or two of his favorite bands during the course of the year and that is is. However, when it comes to groceries being frugal doesn't even enter his brain. It is okay because I buy 95% of the groceries and he will only shop for special occasions, like a holiday. He wants to go to Costco to pick out our Christmas dinner and splurge on something I normally would not buy. I tend to think of the grocery budget as a place to cut back and then cut back some more to help towards our financial goals, he tends to think of it as the one place we should relax a little. I am more likely to splurge a bit here and there on a treat for the kids or for the house, he raises an eyebrow at that - even when I get a great deal! We compliment each other pretty well.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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My DH has changed a lot. When we met he was completely unthrifty but after 6 years, he completely supports my crazy couponing, deal hunting, thrifty recycles, and other things. He no longer wants too many items that aren't necessary. He takes his lunch to work. However some things he is still unthrifty about. He feels that a newer vehicle is better than an old one, even with the attached car loan. He has certain habits that he can't break that cost us unneeded expenses. Overall, he is thrifty-supportive but needs a lot of direction to do so. He'll wash out the ziploc bags and hang the clothes to dry without a negative thought - but he needs told to do so otherwise he'll toss the bags and just dry the clothes.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:06 PM   #5
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Every time I send hubby to the store for ONE lemon or ONE bunch of green onions he comes home with anywhere from 3-10 of the item. Why?

"Well yeah you asked for one, but they were 10 for $2, what was I supposed to do!?"

He tries to be thrifty, but sometimes circumstance (and math) conspires against him.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:11 PM   #6
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My dh is a spender, he likes brand names (even though we can't afford them) it makes me so frustrated BUT he is also a hoarder and will use some things forever without seeing how old and horrid they are and that they need replacing. He really doesn't care at all about the house decor and as long as he can sit down and watch tv he would sit on a rotten old outdated couch and it wouldn't bother him at all. which also frustrates me but he doesn't waste money, he actually hates eating takeaway because of the cost. I think we both have different ideas on where it's good to be thrifty.
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My DH has changed a lot. When we met he was completely unthrifty but after 6 years, he completely supports my crazy couponing, deal hunting, thrifty recycles, and other things. He no longer wants too many items that aren't necessary. He takes his lunch to work. However some things he is still unthrifty about. He feels that a newer vehicle is better than an old one, even with the attached car loan. He has certain habits that he can't break that cost us unneeded expenses. Overall, he is thrifty-supportive but needs a lot of direction to do so. He'll wash out the ziploc bags and hang the clothes to dry without a negative thought - but he needs told to do so otherwise he'll toss the bags and just dry the clothes.
This is my DH pretty much. I don't mind driving a beater car and he'd rather drive a nice car with a loan (of course a nice car to him is one that is used with low mileage and is a model like a Ford). So at least he doesn't have ridiculous taste, like wanting BMWs, Escalades etc.

I've gotten him to switch to unpaper towels but I'll still catch him using a paper towel when I am not around (I keep them for cat puke). He has perhaps at times accused me of being a "paper towel monitor."

I have to say that I am not nearly as thrifty as most of you mamas. I don't wash out ziplocs (I will save ones that held "plain" items like crackers or bread). But if it held anything wet or heavily flavored it gets pitched. And I hate line drying here, it's so dusty that everything dried outside feels stiff and smells like dirt.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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dh is a skin flint lol but he will spend money to save money. he'll also spend money i it means we will be more green. hes not that smart when it comes to shopping though. i sent him in the store the other day and he bought the name brand sour cream. he also spent about 3k over blue book for his car before i met him.

our cars are over 15 years old and we dont upgrade on stuff unless its broken and cant be repaired. im the same way so its fine.
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On big things, yes. But ask him to give up (or wash) ziplocks, papertowels, toilet paper, or his beloved tide and youd have a fight on your hands And he'd prefer dispoable diapers over the cloth any day of the week. He likes the savings from the girls and I using the reusable stuff/homemade detergent but not enough to join us lol
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