I’ve mentioned it before, but I believe that being thrifty is making the smartest decisions with my money- getting the best deals possible on great, long-lasting materials. To me, being cheap is just spending as little money as you can all the time. I really do consider myself to be thrifty… I mean, I even created a blog about it! This weekend I crossed the line from thrifty to just plain cheap… and boy, do I regret it!
One of my favorite hobbies is running- I run in races regularly and I’m currently in training for my first marathon (February). Most runners know that you need to change running shoes every 300-400 miles. At this rate, I should change my shoes every third month. Well-made shoes range from $80-120, but sometimes I find the same pairs at $40-60 by stalking the end-of-season sales at running stores. With all my money going towards house-stuff and a serious lack of good sales, I’ve put off buying a new pair.
Thrifty-me would know that it would make more sense to just bite the bullet and spend the money on quality shoes, but Cheapo-me want to stretch out the life of them even longer… so I ended up wearing the dead shoes to a 10-mile race this weekend.
Have you ever crossed over the cheap line and regretted it? Any finish line crossers out there going for a big run (marathon?) this year?
Fortunately for my house, I was able to spend a big chunk of the weekend (before the race) finishing a giant project I’ve had in the works. I’m excited to share it with you tomorrow!