Friday, May 7, 2010

Pinching Pennies

One of the reasons my husband and I have gotten along so well lo these many years is that we're both cheap. Well, perhaps thrifty is a better way of putting it. It's not that we won't spend money; it's more that we're careful about how we do it -- no designer bags, business class, fancy hotels, or 16 euro coupes de champagne for us. We have lots of fun for a whole lot less and whatever thread count our 15 year old sheets are, that's good enough for me.

As they say, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. My mother-in-law loves to find a bargain at the Dollar Store in her home town and she can squeeze a nickel like nobody's business. She's not up to traveling these days and I guess it's a good thing because there ain't no such thing as a Dollar Store here. Instead you've got this:



The times (and the exchange rate), they are a changing. Who knows? If the euro continues its slide, two euros might end up being closer in value to a dollar than anyone could ever have imagined.

6 comments:

Suburban Princess said...

Our dollar stores have gone the same way...everything is from 1 to 2 dollars now!

debbie in toronto said...

same here...we have Dollarama..but most things are now 1.50 or 2 bucks...curses....

Belle de Ville said...

I love the fact that you and your husband are thrifty in a world where culture pushes us to be unthrifty. I hope that the dollar gets stronger while you are living in Paris.

Starman said...

The best dollar exchange was when the euro first came out. Deux euros equaled $1.70.

ParisBreakfasts said...

I've always been penny-wise
and pound foolish...

Louis said...

If your mother-in-law comes to visit and feels like doing a cultural comparison, she should be able to find a true "Euro Store" (everything 1 euro) on the Boulevard de Belleville between Métros Belleville and Courrones.

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