June 12, 2006
Mir has begun a new blog about being frugal, Want Not.
When she first told me about it, she said it was going to be about living frugally for real people, who still like to have nice stuff. People who don’t want to brew their own coffee in their used stockings and reuse their coffee grounds multiple times, so that they could save that $10 a year or go dumpster diving for discarded but still edible produce.
Okay, she didn’t actually say these things, but that is what I thought. I read the Tightwad Gazette. Actually I bought it, which is telling in and of itself about how frugal I am.
I mean I like being frugal, in theory.
Then I read one of her posts about how frugality requires a separate freezer. And I screamed, “I have a freezer!” And I felt so good about my frugalness that I went to zappos.com and browsed pretty shoes .
Already I have learned that sunblock expires and that I shouldn’t stockpile it in my basement, no matter how good the sale or how close I think End Times might be. And I found out about a 10% off sale at Overstock that is perfect for Father’s Day. And laundry, I love Mir’s laundry tips. So go on over there and read, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll become frugal through osmosis. Okay I can’t promise you that… but you will laugh. So go on and leave her a comment, today is the public unveiling.
Then she asked me about my grocery bills and I told her how much we spend. And she fainted. After a while she revived, but evidently was brain damaged in the fall because she told me what airline she was flying to Blogher next month. And I decided to fly on that airline too. But then… I found out I could get on the same plane, because every airline wants us New Englanders to crisscross the country, stopping at least three times, turning what could be a three hour tour into an all day long affair, for which we will have to bring our own snacks. Why aren’t there any snacks, you ask?
We are flying the cheap airline, see already I am becoming frugal. There aren’t even seat assignments, it is first come, first served and this is where Mir’s training for her 60 mile walk will come in handy, as she runs, jumps over the defenseless, pushes down the elderly, and secures us two seats together. She has been instructed to grab the barf bag and moan should anyone try to sit next to her.
(The only exception to this is if a NORMAL single male who has all his teeth, is literate, and employed wants to sit next to her. But we have already determined that there are none of them left in the world, so no worries there.)
So hopefully more of her frugal living ideas will rub off on me. Though I do draw the line at fashioning attractive footwear out of the skytop magazines, or a fetching hat out of our personal flotation devices.
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