Four Turn Offs

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another installment of this blogging activity...

Blogging Activity, Day Seven
Four Turn Offs

1. Smoking. It may be judgey-judgerson of me to say so, but it's true. My dad was a smoker when I was growing up and I truly just cannot stand the smell. I can't imagine trying to cozy up to or kiss someone who smells like smoke, so it's just a huge turn-off for me.

2. Lack of motivation. I'm a do-er, and I don't like to be around people who would rather sit around and do nothing. I like to go places, I like to do things, and I like to look forward to the future. I couldn't be with someone who didn't have any goals in life.

3. Rudeness. There are people who are just inconsiderate of everyone around them. They don't hold doors open for people, they are unnecessarily mean to customer service workers, they may have an attitude that they are "above" everyone else. I can't stand that. You can learn a lot about someone by watching how they treat others.

4. Being cheap. Listen, I am as frugal as they come, and I would even describe myself as a "penny pincher." But damn, if you ever tell me I owe you $1, or you break down the restaurant check by the nickel... c'mon now.


Vanessa October 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

I'm considering my spending habits right now, and I would be interested to know how you define 'frugal', what it means for you. Obviously no specifics on your finances (I would never be so nosy) but I would be interested in your views on saving and spending generically.

Heather October 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM  

Vanessa--My definition of "frugal," at least in my life, is that I very rarely buy things that are full price. If I go clothes shopping, it's on sale or I have a coupon. At the grocery store, I buy mostly generic (store brand) products (hey, they're just as good!). Every paycheck, I have a chunk of money that goes directly into savings by direct deposit, and then we aim to put away some extra money on top of that, too. We don't go out to dinner a lot. When we're making a bigger purchase, I research the hell out of it and shop around until I get the absolute best price. These are the things that I think make me "frugal." :)

Vanessa October 23, 2010 at 4:11 PM  

Thanks for taking the time to reply, Heather, that is really interesting for me, as I am trying to be a better saver generally.
I'm afraid I do buy things full price, but almost only ever if I really want them and nothing else will do, or if I really need them. Otherwise I try to get a good deal. But I need to get much better and to curb my spending! We eat out once a week, it's an important thing for us to do, but we have this great card that gives us 50% off many restaurants so we tend to get a good deal.
It's so important to be on top of one's finances I think!
Thanks again! :)
PS: I totally agree with you re. generic brand products!

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