With the economy in its current state, and unemployment on the rise (again), it seems logical that most people are trying to spend less (stay-cation ring a bell?), save more (the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the personal savings rate was up 6.4%) and in a word, be a little more “frugal”.
But as things would have it, being “frugal” can be a potential turn off for those “looking for love”. According to a New York Times article entitled “How to be Frugal and Still be Asked on Date” a survey conducted by ING Direct (a company that offers online savings accounts…how ironic) asked 1,000 people what comes to mind if someone were to set them up on a date with someone who is “frugal”. According to the survey, 27% of the people surveyed would consider the person “stingy”. 15% used the word “boring”, while only 3.7% answered “sexy”. Read the article here.
For those of you, who don’t care about saving money or excess spending, please feel free to stop reading now J
On the other hand, for those of us who prefer to live within our means and maybe even consider ourselves the F**** word, ….there is hope! I remember when being frugal was synonymous with being a tightwad or cheapskate….heck there are people who actually made livings promoting thrift. Remember the Tightwad Gazette (Amy Dacyczyn) or The Complete Cheapskate (Mary Hunt)?? I’ve owned all of these authors’ books (borrowed from the library, then purchased used, of course!).
Today, there is a large movement towards living a simple, minimalist lifestyle. Minimalism takes the sting off the word frugal or simple. Minimalism is more about creating a simple life, where necessities are focused and non-essentials are eliminated. It’s about doing more, with less. It’s not about reusing Ziploc bag or dumpster diving (yup it was promoted in the Tightwad Gazette), but about eliminating (and not purchasing) the nonessential in order to have more freedom (and less debt!!) to actually live more.
A simple, minimalist lifestyle…..that’s what I want for myself and others. So go ahead, drop the F-bomb on me. I’m frugal person and it’s sexy as hell 🙂