Linkworthy: Pity, Pandas and a Fist Full of Dollars

When you’re frugal, others that aren’t don’t always understand the reasons behind it. The reasons I am frugal range from thinking towards the future and valuing some things more than others. I’d rather spend more money on my family than on buying lunch out every day or buying a new car every year. My Linkworthy pick of the week goes to Frugal Dad and his post Stop Feeling Sorry For Me — I’m Frugal, Not Broke.

Frugal Dad talks about some of the experiences he has had with others that look in on his frugal way of life with pity. He states,

Most Americans, myself included for far too much of my life, are overly concerned with what other people think of them. (…) As we go through our day making little sacrifices here and there, voluntarily passing on opportunities to spend a lot of money, people not living a frugal lifestyle will naturally assume we can’t afford to keep up with them. That’s fine; you can’t control their thoughts and assumptions.

The fact is, most frugal people are in much better financial positions than those feeling sorry for them.

What an awesome way to put it Frugal Dad, and it’s so true. Might I add, people being frugal may not always be in a much better financial position but they are working towards one, not away from one like most spend-happy people in the world today.

Here are the other greats I read this week:

  • Financial Samurai creates a great parallel about the Panda’s possible extinction and people being upset because a Conservationists saying “put them out of their misery” because they are “stupid” but their are other endangered species that are facing extinction yet no one seems to care because they are less cute and cuddly. He elaborates on this idea bringing it to the human context saying that studies show beautiful people are more likely to succeed so we should do everything we can to improve ourselves.
  • Financial Freak Show witnessed a high roller at a club, paying with a fist full of hundreds so he tried the same thing at Starbucks..with slightly different results 😉
  • My Two Dollars commented about a poll by Vanity Fair that revealed 50% of poll respondents chose Wal-Mart as the best Symbol of America..that’s a scary thought..
  • The Monivator talks about how in London in the 1990s (similarly to 2007 here in the USA) many people found themselves thrown from normal life to that of living on the streets thus stressing the importance of an emergency fund.
  • And Fiscal Geek gives a review of some of the Personal Finance Apps for the Android phones. I had to include this one not only because Fiscal Geek gives some great insight, but because I happened to upgrade to one of these great phones as my work phone! (thanks work!) and will be giving an in-depth review of these apps and any other PF apps I can find in the coming weeks. Yay!

Some awesome, really thought provoking and motivational stuff this week. Keep it up everyone!

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5 People have left comments on this post

» Paul @ FiscalGeekNo Gravatar said: { Oct 16, 2009 - 01:10:20 }

Thanks for the shout out, I’m honored to be listed under Mr. T. Congrats on your new phone, my wife’s thinking about an android powered phone herself.
.-= Paul @ FiscalGeek´s last blog ..Quicken 2010 Personal Finance Software Review =-.

» Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar said: { Oct 16, 2009 - 09:10:00 }

No prob Paul, thanks for the review. I was looking at phones and was just disappointed all around but had forgotten about Android till I read your review that same day. Coincidence? I think not 😉

The Android OS is amazing and the hardware is pretty nice too. The touch screen is like nothing I have used before. I’m sure she would enjoy it.

» Financial SamuraiNo Gravatar said: { Oct 16, 2009 - 10:10:40 }

Hey Jesse! I’m glad you enjoy the Panda post and thanks for highlighting it on your fine blog.

It’s always fun to meet new publishers in the PF world. I like your firewall theme! Keep in touch, and feel free to comment away at FS as well.

Keep in touch!


.-= Financial Samurai´s last blog ..You’re Rich And I’m Rich, OK! You’re Still Rich And I’m Not As Rich, Not OK! =-.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Hey Samurai, thanks and thanks for stopping by. Like I always say, great content deserves recognition, your post was really motivational because there are areas of my life I need to improve in. You’ll be seeing me around 😉

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