We try to be frugal at the H household. Some might even call us cheap. But I hope we're never stingy.
I think it's associated with the genes from Mr. H's side of the family. His sister is one of those people who can almost always find something on sale, and if it's not on sale (or better yet: clearance!) has the willpower to simply walk away. My eldest daughter is very much like her aunt. She can find a deal on every shopping trip. (side note: we are going on our first outing as wedding dress shoppers tomorrow. We'll see how well the genes prevail.)
This applies to utility expenses as well. Living in south Mississippi, you know your highest electric bills will be in the summer. When the temperature is in the upper 90s and the humidity is right there with it, the A/C just has to be on. Last summer, it seemed that the warm weather was slow to start. I think we made it until May before the A/C was turned on. Some years there are days in late February that test the resolve of those who refuse to give in before April. I can take the heat, but my family would rather not sweat.
Then there's that transition from summer to winter (there really is no fall in Mississippi.) There will be several times in November that the A/C will be on for part of the day and you'll be wrapped in a blanket that evening. We try not to turn the heat on until absolutely necessary. Socks, sweatshirts, couch-potato blankets . . . do whatever it takes to keep warm. Usually we have the fireplace to help out, but until the chimney sweep comes on Wednesday, I'm hesitant to light a fire. We've lived in this house since the winter of 2001-02 and never had the chimney cleaned. A few weeks ago, I started a fire and it tended to smoke and smell (yes, I DID remember to open the damper!) so I called to see if someone could come take care of it. Who knew that it would take 3 weeks before someone could come! And that was the 2nd place I called. The first said they couldn't have anyone in our area until the off-season! Wow! If I need a new profession, I'll look into that one. Seems like they need a bigger labor force.
Sunday, 12/4 8:58 p.m.
This particular post has rambled on for several days now. I started writing it Thursday. It's time to wrap it up. The eldest did find a dress she likes. Yes, it is on sale, but her sisters must see it first so we have an appointment Thursday afternoon for all the H womenfolk to make the final decision. There will be no pictures of it posted because a certain young gentleman might see it before he's supposed to.
And with that I'll say good-night because it's been a really long day.