Frugality means something different to everyone. I work part time now, but for the first 17 years of our marriage, I stayed at home with our four children. I didn’t like it when people told me how “lucky” I was to be staying home. My husband and I worked hard to be able to make that happen. Yes, he made a great income but feeding, clothing, housing and activities for my crew was all pricey. I nursed, cloth diapered, cooked from scratch, etc but other people also saw me hiring a mothers helper, take out pizza every Friday, concerts and trips. So frugality was important to me during those years because it allowed us to do what we wanted to do. Spending has so much to do with ratios. It does make me cringe a bit when I see people just trying to spend the least amount on something as if that’s the only goal. I consider things like quality as well as cost. So maybe my Bomba socks are $12 a pair but they last forever and I still buy the $8 on sale pack of 8 Pumas at Costco. It’s all about balance.
I think she makes a great point in the fact that she worked hard at home to save money to buy things that they deemed worthy to them. And ultimately she still buys things of quality that she knows will last.
There are things I pay up for because it is important to me. I buy good quality shoes because I've had multiple foot problems in the past and I don't want them to return. I pay up for undergarments because I want them to work well and last a long time.
What about you? Do you pay up for certain things that are important to you?