You are only “too” frugal when you’re being frugal at the expense of someone else. For example, if you don’t pay your fair share when you go out to dinner with friends, you’ve got a problem.
If you encounter the best waitress ever, and only tip her 10%, you’re too frugal–and selfish as well. If you can afford to go out to eat, you should tip appropriately.
If you routinely clear out the shelves at CVS on Sunday mornings before anyone else can grab a deal–knock it off! And, go to church while you’re at it.
If you photocopy coupons or obtain them illegally, not only are you being too frugal, you’re being unethical and jeopardizing couponing for everyone else. Some stores no longer allow Internet coupons, thanks in part to practices such as these. Thanks a lot.
If you refuse to provide basic necessities for your family because you’re too engrossed in not spending money, then you’re causing harm. If little Billy has a toothache and needs to go to the dentist, and you can absolutely pay for it but you choose to wait until next year for the flexible spending account reimbursement–you’re pretty much a rotten person.
You can never be too frugal, as long as you practice your frugality ethically and never at the expense of others.
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