What Is “Almost Frugal”?

by Emily · 11 comments

in Concepts in Frugality

Hi Everyone!

I’m Emily, from Troy, Ohio, and I’m so proud and excited to be one of the new AF writing team members!  This blog has been so helpful in keeping the Wasouf family budget low, both through Kelly’s insight and the tips and comments from the readers.  When Kelly invited me to join the team, one of the first thought in my head was, “what is almost frugal?”  So I threw together a little quiz…

1.  The alarm clock just buzzed away your good dreams.  You stumble out of bed, fumble into the shower.  Do you:

  1. take a shower so long you run out of hot water, because that’s just how you roll.
  2. no dawdling – in, soap, shampoo, rinse, out.
  3. “navy shower” – in, wet down, turn off water while you soap up and shampoo, turn on water to rinse, out.

2.  What’s your choice of hair cleansing?

  1. Pantene
  2. Suave
  3. Baking soda wash, apple cider vinegar rinse

3.  You’re all patted dry and powdered up.  How do you keep your underarms smelling inoffensive?

  1. Degree or other name-brand
  2. Crystal Rock
  3. au naturel, as God created.

4.  You’re squeaky clean and ready to be caffeinated.  Do you:

  1. leave for work a little early to hit the FourBucks on the way?
  2. make yourself a latte with your fancy countertop cappuccino maker?
  3. brew an old-fashioned pot of coffee, and take a second dose along in a thermos for the 2pm slump?

5.  Lunchtime!  The coworker is headed out to that trendy new bistro down the street and asks you to join her.  You:

  1. grab your purse and head out the door.  It was so nice of her to ask, you may even offer to cover the whole bill!
  2. regretfully decline.  You still have half of that $5 Footlong from yesterday’s lunch in the breakroom fridge.
  3. smile and invite her to join you eating the delightful lunch you packed before coming to work.  There’s enough hummus and pita bread for both of you!

6.  Finally, another workday is over.  You have to pick up a few things for dinner tonight.  You go:

  1. to the nearest Golden Arches.  Cooking takes too long, a Big Mac is much faster.
  2. to the grocery store and stand in the Express (ha!) Lane  with all the other tired, hungry people just picking up a few things on their way home.
  3. home and think of how you can improvise with items already in your pantry.

7.  Your family has just finished a sumptuous dinner and you’re basking in the glow of a meal well received.  What do you do with those leftovers?

  1. Grab a few Rubbermaid containers.
  2. Ziploc baggies and plastic wrap – disposable’s good.
  3. Old margarine tubs & sour cream containers (bonus points if you take the food in that container to work the next day as lunch).

8.  You eat a vegetarian dinner:

  1. Never, I’m 100% carnivore.
  2. Weekly.
  3. Almost always, meat is expensive, cruel, and riddled with antibiotics and hormones.

9. Your nightly ablutions include:

  1. Lancome serums.
  2. Good old-fashioned Ivory soap.
  3. Homemade brown sugar scrub.

10. Your last act before climbing into bed is:

  1. Turning down your cashmere sheets.
  2. Turning down your husband.  🙂
  3. Turning down all the thermostats in the house.

Now add up all your answers – 1 point for option 1, 2 points for option 2, 48 points for option 3 (just checking if you’re awake, 3 points for 3’s.)  Here’s the breakdown:

  • 10-14 – (Cuing in that famous scene from Clueless)  “Squeeel!  Makeover!”
  • 15-24 – Congratulations, you’re “Almost Frugal”!  Savvy enough to be saving money, but still open to improvement.
  • 25-30 – Why are you reading this and not writing it?

In case you were wondering, I got a 25.  No, the scores weren’t rigged – I still have much to learn.

Dare to share your score?


1 Simple in France March 16, 2010

Emily–I really enjoyed this post. I also think it’s helpful having explained the notion of Almost Frugal . . .I always kind of wondered.

I like the quiz format–fun! I’m in the #3 category I guess . . . I didn’t realize how frugal I was 😉
.-= Simple in France´s last blog ..Spring, sprouts, newborns and new creations. . . =-.

2 Kelly March 16, 2010

I got a 22…and I’m definitely going to try that brown sugar scrub recipe!

3 Monroe on a Budget March 16, 2010

Haha! Nice to see you here Emily!

Now, a Big Mac is most definitely NOT faster than cooking at home. I could not believe how long I had to wait for a “grab and go” dinner on a day when I had a speaking engagement out of town, and decided to get dinner at one of the eateries down the street from my appointment. Ugh!
.-= Monroe on a Budget´s last blog ..The $104 pothole bill =-.

4 Random Thoughts of a Jersey Mom March 16, 2010

I scored 22 so I guest I’m almost frugal =)
That was a fun quiz! I always say that I’m frugal, kind of, not in an extreme way. I know there’s room for more frugalness; it all depends on whether I’m ready to take that next step or not…
.-= Random Thoughts of a Jersey Mom´s last blog ..Emergency Now! =-.

5 Indian Thoughts March 16, 2010

Nice one Emily. I scored very well.
Nice to see you at one more place.
.-= Indian Thoughts´s last blog ..Is gender biasing really true? =-.

6 Lisette March 16, 2010

That was fun and made me so aware of how frugal I really am— yikes! I scored a 17.
.-= Lisette´s last blog ..I hate this Monday =-.

7 Saint of Bad Credit March 17, 2010

I got 22 😉 I’m quite cheap when it comes to things but really some of this stuff here is really quite OTT. It’ll make people look funny at you if you keep it up.

8 Keilah March 17, 2010

I did not think I was that frugal but I got 27, sweet! I actually make my own deodorant with baking soda, cornstarch and coconut oil. Super easy and cheap and I do not smell, well I smell like baking soda 🙂 I love this blog. Keep up the great posts!
.-= Keilah´s last blog ..Miss Victoria’s Scarf =-.

9 Denise March 18, 2010

OK I have to disagree on number 7. Re-usable rubbermaid containers should score higher than “disposable” ziplocks.

10 Nicole March 18, 2010

Nice, I might need a little bit of a makeover, but I guess that’s why I’m reading this! :^) By the way, love the quiz format. Fun!

11 Victorino April 1, 2010

Opps yeah I’m almost frugal based on the quiz. However this is because i know how to be frugal – that I can answers questions that way frugal will. But this doesn’t mean that what I know is what I really do. It can be easy to think the frugal way, but to hard to do the frugal way.
.-= Victorino´s last blog ..How to reduce income tax payable and expense =-.

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