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.