Every time I hear or say that phrase, I think of the scene in Transformers where Sam drives off with Bumblebee and fills the backyard with clouds of black exhaust and his mom says “You are so cheap” in that’I cannot believe you’ voice. 🙂
I have always been kinda cheap, in the sense that I don’t like paying for expensive things. I love to shop and I love to spend money, I just don’t love things that cost lots of it at once. My mom has always been a major tightwad too, which is where I get it from. We grew up on garage sales and clearance clothes, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. My brother and I were very hard on our clothes growing up, so why spend all that money to have it be torn up in a couple weeks? (Honestly, that’s probably the attitude I’m going to take with my kids too, when I have some.) But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to understand and appreciate the phrase “You get what you pay for” a lot more.
I used to always shop at Kohl’s for pretty much everything. (LOVE Kohl’s!!!) But unfortunately, the quality of some of their clothes has started to go down. Their So… jeans used to be the only ones that I could find that would fit when I was younger (in the price range that my mom was willing to pay for, and Kohl’s $25 jeans were the very top of her clothes budget for me!), but as I got older they started to tear apart a lot faster (thanks a lot thunder thighs!) and I would have to be buying new jeans every 4-6 months! So I started to look a little further out of my usual price range and I got a pair of American Eagle jeans. I love them so much! And so far they’ve lasted me over a year and they’re still going strong! Then my husband took me into Express. Wow was that hard! I had a hard enough time convincing myself that I loved the American Eagle jeans enough to buy them, but spend $60 on a pair of jeans?! Ridiculous!!! So Ross told me to take some thing sin to the dressing room and just stay there, he would pick clothes for me. He did, and I loved them all! (I do have very expensive tastes, I just don’t like the price tag.) And now, I have a couple pairs of Express jeans, plus my pair of American Eagle jeans, and I haven’t bought jeans in over a year!
So now that allergy season is in full swing, I am reminded if that same lesson. I am so cheap that I’ve been buying generic 24 hour allergy medicine and I’ve been MISERABLE!!! Yes, it’s nice to only pay $6 for a months worth of allergy pills but it’s not worth it to be so itchy that you can’t stand it and to feel so sick because you’re so congested. So I guess I have to go pay for the expensive allergy medicine tonight, but at least I’ll be able to enjoy my lake weekend!