Frugal or cheap?
A frugal person usually isn’t afraid to spend money. They do insist on getting the most out of their dollar, though. A frugal person always shops around for the best prices and comparable services. They often have a system in place for this since they are usually well organized people.
A cheap person won’t spend money unless absolutely necessary. When they do have to spend, oftentimes it’s become somewhat of an emergency. Lowest cost is of utmost importance – never mind the competency of service or quality of an item. They will often speak in an agitated manner about having to spend their money. Cheap people simply cannot understand why they can’t get something for free.
A cheap person in a mate is a huge turnoff. To all you cheap guys out there – if you are fearful about taking out your wallet for that once-a-week dinner you take your girl to, rest assured she’s gonna pick up on how you’re feeling. This would also bear reference to the sorry tip you left the waiter, thinking she didn’t notice. Spare her the time and embarrassment next time and just don’t go.
You can learn a lot about a person by how they act while dining out. I used to know a couple who, when they would dine out, make a habit of finding something “wrong” with their meal. This usually resulted in their bill being “adjusted” or, as I also witnessed, omitted entirely. This makes me sick to my stomach. Needless to say, you’ll never catch me out to dinner with them again.
Cheap people’s cheapness affects those around them. Frugal people’s frugality affects their own selves. (as quoted from NY best-selling author Ramit Sethi)