So, the other day, Want What You Have asked for readers to write out their own frugal story and email it to her. She will feature someone's story on Fridays. I was interested in writing up my own story, but then I started thinking, "Am I really a tightwad?"
This thought process has been complicated as I read my two Tightwad Gazettes (books 1 and 2) as I realize how many ways I've drifted from my tightwad habits.
For example, I thought it would be fun to have a small kid's pool for Peanut to play in. I went to Walmart and bought one. I did not garage sale for it, nor did I even look at a thrift shop.
On the other hand, I made bone broth from the scarp bones from when we purchased the quarter of a cow.
I don't reuse coffee grounds, though they do go in the compost pile.
I do cloth diaper, but I also used my dryer regularly.
I garden and can produce, but I will also buy blackberries and blueberries (but only when they are less than $2 a pound -- I guess that is somewhat tightwadish).
So, I'm not a dyed-in-the-wool tightwad, but I have my frugal ways.