I don't think I necessarily cringe....I just don't get it. It's not a judgement thing at all, it's just that I can't imagine walking into a store and dropping a couple hundred dollars on an outfit (at full price!). My mom was very frugal and, although we teased her constantly, it's absolutely rubbed off on me. I got a knot in my stomach today when I had to pay full price for milk today (I can usually plan around it being on sale). There are certain things that I wish I COULD just let go and buy at ful price....like the perfect pair of every day shoes or the perfect black shirt. I'm constantly looking, and I know that I'll get my money's worth because I'll use them a lot and forever, but I have so much trouble handing over the money if it's not on a great sale!
I will say that I DO cringe watching the spending habits of dh's family...particularly his brother's family. They live in a dilapidate mobile home, she doesn't work, he's out waiting on a workman's comp settlement, they're thousands of dollars in debt, bank account overdrawn, and when they received their tax refund, they went out and bought a TV, a PS3 & a trip to Disney World
: And really, I wouldn't even care...it's their money....but BIL called DH this morning and asked if they could borrow some money.
: We have worked HARD for our money and we have worked HARD to save our money! GRRRRRRRR