Jun 30, 2010

Identity Crisis for Cheap Senior Citizen

I interrupt this Helpful Hints column with a serious Identity Crisis.

I think I should start calling myself the FRUGAL senior citizen, not the CHEAP senior citizen. -

  • I am thrifty enough to turn the ketchup bottle upside down in a glass [with the cap still on, duh!] to get at the very last of the ketchup.
  • I use a special spatula to remove the last of the mayo from all those nooks and crannies of the new lovely plastic mayonnaise jars.
  • I don’t mind using up any and all leftovers, even if we are sick of them.


There is a difference between frugal and cheap.

This is frugal:

I have no problem using bar soap down to the really skinny phase. At some point, skinny soap cannot produce enough suds for me. Then I say, chuck the little soap slip! We already buy the cheapest non-scented soap we can find. That's not cheap enough for Jim.

This is cheap:

He uses the tiny soap until it is the size of a pea. You ask, How does he get the soap into that funny, tiny shape? When the sliver gets really thin, he folds it! Then folds it again. Takes real talent to fold soap. But, don’t forget, he’s the son of the man who cut all of his napkins in half, so I guess it’s in the genes.

I refuse to use the folded soap. I have my standards, you know.

....and one more thing......
uh, I'll get back to you when I remember it.
The Cheap Senior Citizen is a Guest Writer who occasionally shares helpful hints she has learned through her experience.


Mom said...

Sadly yes it's in the genes I do the same.

Ruth said...

I cannot believe that you fold soap, too. I thought it was in the MORSE genes, but it must be a Crocker thing.

I'm sure you save 2 cents......