When I met my wife a few years ago, I wasn’t exactly “frugally fit” yet, but I had a pretty good head on my shoulders when it came to my finances and knew what I could and couldn’t afford. Well, that and I worked for peanuts at my first job, so I was pretty much forced into frugality.
Then I met my future wife.
There were probably about 900 red flags to tell me that she was not exactly the frugal type, but you know how that whole “love” thing goes, and the next thing I knew, I was googly-eyed in love and engaged.
To say that my wife was a spendy girl is an understatement. She was making some money with a freelance job of her own, and she had no idea what to do with it all except to spend it. And boy was she good at that!
After a few months of marriage, I got wrapped up in all the cash-blowing revelry, and before I knew it, I was financing a bed, a car, a couch, and then a house! There was not much of saving happening in our household.
Luckily, it didn’t take long for me to correct my wayward, high-rolling tendencies and my spendthrift wife, and I am now happy to say that we are in great financial shape with only the tiniest amount of quickly diminishing mortgage debt. People can change, but it’s definitely not easy.
Needless to say, I have honed my skills, and I can now spot a big spender from a mile away.
So what’s a frugal girl (or guy) got to do to spot a frugal hottie these days? Well, I can definitely tell you what to stay far away from in the handy list below. Since my website is all about frugality, this list comes to you at the low price of free, but if it doesn’t work for you, don’t worry because there is a full money back guarantee.
Print it off and keep it in your wallet for quick reference at your local bar/rave/dance club in case you start making eyes at the person dancing next to you. (Just kidding. Of course we are frugal people here, so we know we would actually be at the library, park, or other awesomely free venue to pick up a date.)
10 WAYS TO KNOW YOUR NEW SWEETHEART ISN’T FRUGAL
1. HE TAKES YOU ON YOUR FIRST DATE IN HIS NEWLY LEASED CAR.
It’s probably a two seater and red. He loses even more points if it is lowered or has fancy rims and tires.
2. HIS RETIREMENT SAVINGS IS IN THE FORM OF VIDEO GAMES AND COMIC BOOKS
or worse, chopper bike and an xBox 360. He sounds like a fun guy!
3. HE THINKS PENSION FUND IS THE GOVERNMENT TAKING YOUR MONEY
He has no clue of PPF, VPF, APY etc. Hey, give the guy a break. Acronyms can be really confusing sometimes!
4. HIS LAST NAME IS AMBANI, TATA, OR BACHCHAN.
Yes, they are very big spenders indeed, but I dare say you should run away quickly for more reasons than that. Do we really need an explanation here?
5. HE HAS A DRINK AND A BURGER NAMED AFTER HIM AT THE LOCAL BAR.
When he walks in, all of the waitresses know his name, a tab is already started, and his drink of choice is promptly delivered.
6. HE THINKS HAVING NO RETIREMENT FUND IS NOT SO BAD AFTER ALL.
Social security will be there anyway, right?? Well not in India atleast for another 100 years.
7. HE BLOWS HIS ANNUAL BONUS ON A DOWN PAYMENT FOR A NEW CAR.
This is a two-fold warning, because he blows his tax refund… on a toy.
8. HIS REFRIGERATOR ONLY HOLDS BEER, ICE, AND KETCHUP.
He eats out for every meal, and he needs the ketchup for the fast food he brings home every night. Frugal and healthy– double win!
9. HE TIPS THE WAITRESS (WHO GAVE GREAT SERVICE WITH A SMILE) ONLY 10%.
There’s nothing frugal about dissing the waitstaff. That’s called being cheap.
10. HIS FAVORITE HOBBY IS SHOPPING,
and his favorite day to shop is Diwali, Christmas and Black Friday, when he thinks that’s when he will get all the best deals.
Happy hunting for a frugal soulmate friends!