For this week’s Frugal Friday, I thought I’d put a few questions out there for response from my dear readers. I would love to have a conversation about this with other like-minded individuals, but since there aren’t many real like-minded individuals in our social circle, I’m turning to you, my cyber-friends.
Steady Eddie and I do not have a lot of close friends with whom we socialize regularly, but we are always looking to change this and enlarge our circle of friends. In the past, when we have had occasion to go out with another couple for dinner, cost has really been no deterrent. However, since beginning this journey of frugality, we have turned down one invitation from some dear friends to join them for dinner at a fancy, out-of-town, expensive restaurant. Granted, this family is not on the same journey at all that we are undertaking. To them, though, it must seem somewhat strange that we joined them last year at this same restaurant, and now, with no real explanation, we decline. I am all for being hospitable, and in fact, we have both hosted this family in our home and have been guests in theirs. Sometimes, though, among our acquaintances, nothing beats a dinner out. We have not sworn off all eating out, but we usually spend our eating out allotment together as a family on family outings, etc. So, after that ramble, I suppose these are my questions or points for discussion:
How do you explain your frugality to others (particularly those who do not share your vision) without seeming miserly or poverty-stricken?
How do you make up for your unwillingness to attend expensive functions in terms of socializing?
Is there a way to work these unexpected social outings into an overall budget?
I’m really not interested in necessarily converting others to our way of thinking, and indeed, I often feel in the minority in our church and general society in terms of being a one-income household, etc. However, I do believe that we can still maintain some of our living standard (i.e. vacations, day trips, eating out, etc.) through planning. I’m just not sure how to communicate this well to others. Let the discussion begin!
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