I'm tired of being criticized for being cheap.
I am a college student so most of my money goes to rent and tuition. My money comes from my parents, and I dont work. However I spend that money very carefully. For instance i dont eat out very much, and opt to cook because its cheaper. When I shop for groceries I only buy the discount meats and vegetables. When I do eat out, I only eat at places where I can use coupons to get deals. I dont buy needless things or new clothes, and when I do shop, the first place is look is on craigslist to try and find it used.
My friend criticizes me on all this. We often have arguments over who is richer. I always say he is cause he has all this nice stuff, but he says I am because I have a bigger balance. I explain the bigger balance is because I dont spend my money. My friend who criticizes me does have a job, and is also a college student, but he has loans to pay for most of his tuition. In college he was the richest of us since he got so much financial aid. And while I'm saving money and only spending on essentials, hes using his financial aid money to eat out every day, buy a new laptop, monitor, xbox360, new bicycle... And then he calls me cheap because when he wants to eat out I usually say I dont want to spend money. On top of this hes always complaining how he wants to quit his job but can't because he needs the money. I have told him why does he eat out all the time (spending $16 a day on food vs $5 if you cooked) but he just says hes too lazy to cook.
On top of this my gf also criticizes me for being cheap, saying how we never eat out, or we dont watch movies. She thinks im crazy for wanting to do grocery shopping using my bike. Or how if we want fast food, I offer to bike to the restaurant to get the food and bike back. She got annoyed at me today when I got pissed that this persian food place refused my coupon. I know she was thinking "why is this guy so cheap". But its true that I only eat out when I have coupons so it really irritated me I had to pay full price, but what made me madder was my gf wasn't even standing with me on the issue.
Sometimes I get disgusted at how much money a typical American spends. One can live so much simpler and cheaper if they didn't have a car, and didn't eat out, and don't need to go out to see the latest movie. I understand those things are luxuries but I think for some people (like my gf), they feel they need to get doses of those luxuries at regular intervals to survive. I feel those luxuries should be saved for special occasions, and instead of watching movies in theaters, one can rent DVDs. So what if you see a movie a few months later than everyone else, its the same movie.
SOrry just ranting but I just saw Bruno and it sucked. Waste of $9. One could watch it online or on DVD and it would be the same. No point in going to the theater to watch it.