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Frugal moments in marriage.

December 23rd, 2005 at 09:05 pm

MD just called. Took 45 minutes to drive 5 miles from one store to the next. Now he is trying to find parking at the grocery, but says if he parks he's not going to get back out! Sounds pretty crazy out there. I told him to forget the butter, I can deal without it, but he is STUBBORN. And, he LOVES butter. Our first realization of what DIFFERENT backgrounds we came from was when I asked him to run to the store for "butter" thinking of course the 20 cent store brand of margarine. He returned with 5 pounds of Land of Lakes butter! Never occurred to me that people would purchase butter unless it was a holiday or they were entertaining. Never occurred to MD that someone would actually buy 20 cent margarine!

Maybe that's part of the blending in a marriage. I learned that he expected to eat butter, mayo, sour cream, and steak, and he learned that I expected the cost of groceries to be negligible in the budget. [I think what I actually said was something like "you mean you PAID for that?".] The first time I made BLTs, I expected we would each use one slice of bacon per sandwich, as my frugal family does, but while I was setting the table he scarfed down the two pounds straight!

Over the years, we've learned to compromise,. We each save judiciously, but we each have our own style and priorities. MD would never buy clothes on his own, he stitched his Nike's back together once; I would never buy $20/pound steak. But he LOVES and APPRECIATES clothes for Christmas, and I've got to admit, he grills up a mean steak.

1 Responses to “Frugal moments in marriage.”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I'm with you...I sent hubby out to the store to get veggies one day (figuring he would pick up whatever was on sale). He came back with the most beautiful, pencil-thin asparagus. I said, "How much were they?". He said he had no idea, but he was in the mood for asparagus and they looked so great. Turned out they were $3.99/lb. (I don't usually pay more than $1.99/lb). I had a cow, and he looked at me like I had two heads. Ah, the beauty of blending two different backgrounds...

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