So you're not exactly ready to call yourself "cheap," but you wouldn't argue with those who dub you with that supposedly less than admirable characteristic.
And you're perfectly find with that attribute.
The reason you won't squabble or quip at being called "cheap" or "thrifty" is you take it as a compliment, rather than an insult. Carrying around a mentality that makes you think twice about buying something you don't need or saving money at a record pace puts you well ahead of the consumer that resides at the completely opposite end of the spectrum.
Your ability to withstand even the most superb sale or only buy items that you deem necessary probably has afforded you a budget that is riddled with attention to detail. That's not to suggest you don't buy anything or have your money buried in coffee cans in the back yard but rather implement a lifestyle that is modest, underscored with a sense of stability and preparedness in the event you suffer a job loss or financial setback.
The latter mentality often goes missing with those who spend money just as fast as they make it. Let's say you get a new job and make double what your previously salary was; that isn't a green light to go shopping, buy a new TV, car or even a larger house. Wouldn't it make more sense to give yourself six months to a year to see how it goes?
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