Are you secretly thrifty?

Are you secretly thrifty?

It seems those of us with thrifty leanings fall into two camps – those who are happy to shout about the merits of a thrifty lifestyle, and those who would rather die than tell people about their money savvy ways.
I can kind of understand hiding it and not wanting people to know you hunt out bargains or live on a tenner a week. Whether it is borne of necessity or choice, there can be shame from society if you look as though you’re struggling or scrimping by or even just making sensible choices.
Initially when our financial shit hit the fan we were embarrassed to so much as mention that we were cutting our cloth to suit. We were always conveniently ‘busy’ if someone asked us out to dinner or ‘not sure where we fancied this year’ when the topic of holidays came up. The truth was we were brassic and keeping a roof over our head was a challenge, the thought of going out to dinner was the last thing on our minds.
We spent months learning how to stretch two merge graduate pay packets and once we felt a bit more confident in making £20 stretch at the supermarket and lowering our gas bills we started to shout from the roof tops about our new lifestyle. For months and months we had hidden away, hidden our coupons, hidden our thrifty skills put on a big show when people came to stay – meaning we fed them like kings but ate hardly anything for the rest of the month. We were ashamed of being thrifty, ashamed to have them see the thrifty manner in which we lived but now we’re pretty brazen about it. We’re no longer secretly thrifty, if you come to stay with us you’ll be welcomed with open arms but you’ll probably be served up a slow cooked casserole rather than the best steak and the booze might just come in the form of homemade elderflower champagne or blackberry vodka rather than the best wine we’d have plumped for before.
If you’re new to a thrifty lifestyle and scared your friends will find out, or if you been hiding your scrimping ways for years just take a deep breath and relax. I’m not asking you to divulge personal financial details but taking the time to mention to friends and family about the ways in which you’re saving money will lighten the burden and it may even help them out too. Who knows, in a year you could well be screaming from the rooftops about your yellow stickered chicken breast marked down to 30p, your 50p charity shop skirt and how you’ve bumped £200 a year off your utility bills.
Are you secretly thrifty or do you wear your thrifty badge with pride?

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