Oh sure, we know what Ebenezer Scrooge is like. He could bleed a nickel of it’s very last cent and then still not use it! Is that what the ‘storage’ or preparation mentality is like? May it NEVER be!
To be very sure that as we develop more of the preparedness mentality we don’t cross that line from frugal to stingy, there are a few other distinctions we will need to look at on the journey. We can live simply and frugally and still be giving and hospitable, but where those lines blur requires being on our toes at all times, to proceed with care and caution.
Not giving to a church, charity, synagogue or person in need because ‘we just don’t have enough’ is stingy. Giving, even if it is just a little, not even the ‘expected percentage’ with a happy heart is ALWAYS appreciated and can still be frugal along with helpful.
Having two or three of an item that one is un-used or infrequently used is borderline stingy (some exceptions apply), while selling them at a reasonable yard sale price or putting both to good use, donating, do double duty and using both, or loaning one to a friend in need are all frugal yet not stingy choices.
Hoarding is stingy, but being prepared and teaching others to do so is frugal and generous.
As our family has faced some extreme economic challenges in the past few years, we have learned a bit about these lessons that really need to be in the forefront of my mind as we ‘tighten the belt’ for the days ahead. Frugal living, and thinking can still be a very giving, thoughtful and generous life! After all, I’d rather share the bumper crop of tomatoes than can them all anyway! It’s a win-win situation!
EnJOY your LIFE!