It's Stressful to Be Cheap

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I laughed when I read this post by KLZ, because I totally identify with her. My own debt freak-outs come at regular intervals, and I've spent about half of my adult life convinced I'd be out on the street at any minute, no matter how much money I have in the bank. It's been a real challenge for me to accept I'm not going to be able to control my finances all the time -- the world, unfortunately, sometimes intervenes.

I wanted to hug her when she wrote:

Money to me is not about stuff, it's about safety. Money in the bank means I can afford to replace our roof if needed. It means I can pay hospital bills should they arise when, oh say, my husband unexpectedly comes down with meningitis.

The point I'm trying to convey is, being cheap is fucking stressful.

bills in jars

U.S. Cash in jars via Shutterstock

Read more from The Life of a Cheapskate at Taming Insanity


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