Log In Sign Up

are you frugal or practical? (or both?)

Forum: Large Families


Welcome to the JustMommies Message Boards.

We pride ourselves on having the friendliest and most welcoming forums for moms and moms to be! Please take a moment and register for free so you can be a part of our growing community of mothers. If you have any problems registering please drop an email to boards@justmommies.com.

Our community is moderated by our moderation team so you won't see spam or offensive messages posted on our forums. Each of our message boards is hosted by JustMommies hosts, whose names are listed at the top each board. We hope you find our message boards friendly, helpful, and fun to be on!

Reply Post New Topic
  Subscribe To Large Families LinkBack Topic Tools Search this Topic Display Modes
July 9th, 2014, 10:21 AM
Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 8,242
Which do you consider yourself to be? And did you grow up this way or did you learn to be this way as your family got bigger.

I'd consider myself more practical than frugal, but have my frugal moments, there's just some stuff that I refuse to pay for.

I don't like spending money on eating out, I don't mind doing it occasionally when there's a fun factor involved, but I've been packing a lot of coolers lately. It's how I grew up. The funny thing is that my older brother is "scarred"by us never eating out as kids, and as a result always eats out when he's on the road.
mom of 5 girls
Reply With Quote
July 9th, 2014, 11:12 AM
MIL2lissy8's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: May 2009
Location: southern cali
Posts: 3,204
i think i am practical but i eat out WAY TOO MUCH! my dh likes to go out so we do. plus i am tired of cooking so much after parenting for 35 years.

i am a careful shopper though. i buy at target, wal-mart or kohls about 95% of the time, use generics when buying groceries when i can (some things do matter!).
school's out for the summer.....

Reply With Quote
July 9th, 2014, 03:54 PM
HalfDozen's Avatar Formerly Number5OnTheWay
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 3,481
It depends on the moment or circumstances. I would say I'm more practical than frugal, but my family likes to tell me I'm cheap. I do shop at different grocery stores, depending on what's on sale, etc., and I don't like to pay full price for clothing. I think much more of it has evolved as my family has grown. There's just not the extra funds that there were when we had a smaller house and smaller and fewer kids.
Mommy to Jasmine (17), Kirsten (13), Ana (12), Katie (2), Xavier (1), and...

Reply With Quote
July 10th, 2014, 07:04 AM
Mom to 8 amazing kids
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Melba, Idaho
Posts: 2,601
My family will also tell you I am cheap, and I am to an extent. I think it comes down to limited resources and limited space. I have to be more aware, cause as of now money doesn't grow on tree's and our house is small.

As a child going out to eat was something we did with my grandma, we rarely did it. I have no problem hitting a drive-thru every now and then, but for the most part we eat before we leave and I pack an ice chest for longer trips.
Reply With Quote
July 10th, 2014, 11:52 PM
deaths final kiss's Avatar Veteran
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: WA
Posts: 425
I try to be practical. I HATE spending money on food when we are out, but lately, we've been in such a time crunch when we run errands, that if we don't hit a drive thru, DH won't get to eat before work.

I also hate being the voice of reason, DH spends more than I'd like him to most of the time. I rarely buy anything unnecessary, and when I do, I feel guilty. I'm always stressed about money, and bills... and knowing that something always breaks/goes wrong, when we don't have money to take care of it.

With this move, I'm SO stressed. More bills (public water/sewer), further commute for work/errands... Idk how we're going to make it all work out.
Sahm to DS - 8, DS -6, DD - 21mo

Angels 3-27-04 9wks, 6-2-14 8w5d
Reply With Quote
July 11th, 2014, 02:40 AM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,121
I'm the type of person that umms and ahhs about the space of things. I'm not really frugal, the situation has called for me to be in the past, but now it's more about "Ugh we don't need more stuff".

I admit we eat out a fair bit. Nothing like how I did when I was a kid, my parents were really into fine dining and we were out multiple times weekly, at some place completely unsuitable for a child but I was expected to sit there and enjoy my oysters. But once a week or so I find myself out, sometimes with kids, sometimes with friends, sometimes with my husband, sometimes with his whole extended family (ie: the times we book out entire restaurants). It's just something I enjoy. I'm probably the last person who will pack a cooler (or as we call it here, an esky).
Reply With Quote
July 11th, 2014, 08:24 AM
~mommy~'s Avatar Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,475
I am frugal dh is spendy. His attitude is years from now you'll never miss the $$, but the memories will be priceless. I have relaxed a lot since marrying him, but am still pretty tight. I figure he earns it, so it's his right to spend as he desires, It's my job to save and be frugal.
Reply With Quote

Topic Tools Search this Topic
Search this Topic:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:46 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0