Well, shoot, that must have been disappointing. I wouldn't want to sit and be grilled like I was defending my master's thesis about my life either. Hope your next presentation goes better!
What was terrible about the frugality talk I went to:
1) I don't think the presenter gave any new information that I haven't heard elsewhere
2) her delivery style was very dry and appearance was very frazzled/frumpy--an organization "expert" should look the part, you know?
3) she pulled out file folder after file folder--literally 12 of them--as examples of this one simple thing you need to organize your life--each had a specific purpose! Coupon organizer, car files, school papers, home organizing notebook, phone log (organized and filed by month--do most people even write phone messages any longer?--when everyone has their own cell phone with voice mail?), etc.
4) her handout was 9 pages long and really poorly organized; we went through every step at a glacial pace.....
5) she had lots of tips and tricks centered on going to websites where you earn points for using their search engine (swag bucks?), taking surveys for money, buying discounted coupons as gifts, all sorts of really time-consuming things which are just the OPPOSITE of how I want my relationship with money to function.
I don't want to spend hours of time saving money or even thinking about saving money. I want to just buy less, buy more simply and be done with it.
So there's my vent on that...whew!
I came out of it with a new year's resolution: I will not clip, organize or otherwise use coupons in 2010. I would rather live really simple than save money the way she does.