Am I being too cheap and not rewarding myself enough every now and then?
August 18, 2013 8:28 AM Subscribe
During the past 4 years, I was working part-time (23-30 hours a week) at an optical department in JcPenny. Other than a 10 minute drive from home/school, the pay was not great as to be expected within the retail sector. I was thankfully laid-off in early March and came across another gig that was 40 hours a week with benefits to boot & making $3 more a hour. Now I'm making twice the income in a month's time.
posted by tnar23 to work & money (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
When I was working at JcPenny, I was just living to work with a student loan (shudders) and paying miscellaneous bills around the house. (family's cell phone plan, internet, and etc) Nowadays, I'm actually able to put some money towards my savings account, and spend some here and there for myself. However, every time I'm making a purchase towards a want and not a need, I'm always having to convince myself really hard if I need this item in the 1st place. Im so used to automatically paying bills in the past, and not for anything else. I did make some progress yesterday by buying a pair of sneakers at Ross, and getting 3 sweaters at a thrift store for $8. One of them still had the tag on it priced at $30! My frugality or some people may it call cheapness has kept me afloat and not having to touch my savings during the JcPenny days. Straight to the point, not sure if my mentality is leaning towards frugality or cheapness. Has anyone experienced this mentality before? If anything, it's better to have some $$ for emergency purposes in the event that a lay-off were to occur (knock on wood), car repairs, and etc..