How Tightfisted Are You?

by Olivia Fox


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You wouldn't be reading this if you weren't curious, but the question begs an answer. Do your "Lincolns" scream for mercy? How far do you go? Take this quiz and find out where you are in your frugal journey.

For dish detergent you...
A) Make your own.
B) Stock pile when it's a loss leader and use double coupons.
C) Buy the biggest bottle you can at a warehouse store.

As your kids outgrow their clothes you...
A) Pull out the larger hand me downs from the box in the attic.
B) Hit the thrift stores.
C) Shop online for sales.

If you have a small amount of leftover veggies from supper you...
A) Put them in a freezer container for your weekly pot of soup.
B) Eat them for lunch.
C) Dump them into the compost pile.

When going to the store you...
A) Use cloth bags made from old blue jeans.
B) Ask for paper bags, cut them open for drawing paper, recycle them as garden mulch.
C) Get plastic bags and reuse them as trash can liners.

Your home is decorated with...
A) Refurbished curb picked items.
B) Yard sale finds.
C) Stuff from going-out-of-business sales.

Meals consist of...
A) Largely home grown foods.
B) Bulk purchased farmer's market goods.
C) Loss leaders from your local grocers.

You drink...
A) Tap water set out for 24 hours to dissipate the chlorine.
B) Home filtered water.
C) Sun tea.

When your sweetie says you have to cut back for the next few weeks you...
A) Pull out an envelope of cash you've been squirreling away for a while.
B) Hit the change jar and start rolling quarters.
C) Eat nothing but beans and rice.

For food storage you...
A) Reuse washed zip lock bags
B) Use wide mouthed jars
C) Pull from your stash of yard sale purchased Tupperware

When your child says, "All my friends have..." you...
A) Wonder if they were switched at birth with someone else.
B) Encourage them to get a job.
C) Allow them to cash in their change jar.

A = 1, B = 2, C = 3

A score of 10 to 16 is magnificent, you should start giving lessons.
A score of 17 to 23 is excellent, an encouragement to us all.
A score of 24 to 30 is quite good, you are reaping the benefits of your wise behavior.

As you see there are no wrong answers. Many things factor into our frugal choices. Hope you continue to explore the limits of creative tightwaddery. Keep up the good work, and have fun.

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