Frugal Vs Cheap

 Posted by at 2:56 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 012014

There is frugal and then there is cheap, and there is a difference between the two. I wrote a book called The Frugal RVerto help RVers save money on the road. We publish guides to free campgrounds, fairgrounds with RV camping, and casino camping. Taking advantage of these opportunities is being frugal.

And then there’s cheap. An example of cheap is the person who e-mailed me yesterday to say that they love reading the Gypsy Journal when they can find a free copy at a campground or an RV rally and that it is the best RV publication ever, but since there is so much good free information to be found on the internet already, they make it a policy of never paying for subscriptions, and asked if there is a way to get the paper free.

Really? You love reading our publication and it’s the best ever, but you don’t want to pay for it? What do or did you do for a living? Were you willing to work for free? Because I’m not. I have some fun hobbies. If you’d like to go paddling with us someday, bring your kayak and we’ll grab our Sea Eagles and hit the water. If you want to try kite flying, I’ll let you try my Prism Snapshot 1.9 or my Revolution 1.5 SLE Quad Line Stunt Kite . If I really trust you, I might even take you target shooting and let you pop a few rounds through one of my Kimber .45s or AR-15s. I like sharing my hobbies. But writing and publishing is not a hobby, it’s my business. If I give my products away, pretty soon I’ll have to sell my kayak and kites and guns to pay my bills. And I don’t want to do that.

Yesterday Terry and I ran a few errands and learned a lesson. Never go to the post office in the Yuma Foothills on a Friday afternoon at the end of the month. The line stretched all the way to the end of the building and they had one clerk at the counter. It seemed like everybody was either a Mexican wanting to buy a money order to send back home or a French Canadian, and none of them could speak English!

Actually, not everybody was language challenged, there were also quite a few Q-tips who had forgotten to address their envelopes and packages, didn’t have their credit cards or cash with them or something. Seriously, of the six people directly in front of me, five of them could not send out whatever they had stood in line with for one reason or another. One woman entertained Terry out in the parking lot by going off on her husband because she got all the way to the front of the line only to discover he had her credit card and she couldn’t pay.

We got back to Charles and Chris Yust’s lot just in time to ride to Da Boyz Pizza with them for dinner. The pizza at their Foothills location was good, but it wasn’t quite as good as I remember from their restaurant downtown. But the company was great. We always have a good time when we’re with Charles and Chris.

The narrators are finished with the final readings of both Dog’s Run and Big Lake Blizzard. When we got home I gave them one last quick review and approved Dog’s Run. There were still a few changes needed to Big Lake Blizzard, but the audiobooks of both should be finished and available for purchase in the next two to three weeks.

If you have not signed up for this week’s Free Drawing yet, time is running out. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Rift in the Races by my friend John Daulton. It’s the second book in John’s excellent Galactic Mage Series science fiction series. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

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And here are some other books you may enjoy. If you like science fiction, check out Randy Morris’ Minor Demons, which is currently free on Amazon. And K. S. Haigwood’s paranormal suspense romance Hell’s Gift, the second book in the Save My Soul series, is on special for just 99¢. With a five star rating out of 66 reviews, it’s a popular book with her fans. Get yourself a copy and find out why. If you prefer an international suspense thriller, my friend Michael Meyer’s Covert Dreams will keep you turning pages long into the night. It did me!

Thought For The Day – The difference between need and want is that we rarely expect the things we need to make us happy.

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  7 Responses to “Frugal Vs Cheap”

  1. Nick,

    I think you should adopt a new policy of sharing those absurd email messages with us. That way the writer will experience some real wisdom and after a while you will not be bothered by such foolishness. On the other hand, then you would not be able to write about them in your blog. Geez. Journalism is a double-edged sword.

  2. Nick,
    As a “Dreamer” I knew the first time I read The Gypsy Journal that it was well worth the $20 subscription. If he can’t see the value, let him get his information from the web. We all know they can’t put anything on the web unless it’s true.

  3. Nick… I think to days lead in would make a whole story for Bad Nick. You should turn him loose on that one. Your paper is so good I PAID for two years worth of it, and I am a “want-a-be” and long time subscriber.

  4. Nick, We never use the foothills Post office. The Foothills Packrats store is much quicker and they move people through there fast.

  5. I believe in saving a buck but not at someone elses expense.
    I used to work for A guy many years ago that taught me what a cheap person was all about.
    He would need a certain tool generally an expensive one to do a job and he would show up with this new tool to the job-site and tell everyone, how wasn’t it cool he bought them this to do the job.
    Then after the job was done or it was not needed anymore he would tell one of the crew people to clean it up real good and to take it back and tell them it didn’t work right and wanted the money back. I told him that was theft as far as I was concerned and left for another job I was offered. He did that repeatedly. He would say it was not about the money It was what was right as he put it ?

  6. We ate at the Da Boyz downtown on the cheap — found a $10 coupon for a 16 inch pizza. The Pint House across the street has an amazing draft beer collection — probably 50 taps.

  7. We enjoy your Gypsy Journal and read it cover to cover. When we’re done with it, we pass it on to others, encouraging them to subscribe. We’re doing our best to keep you in bullets and kite string! ;c)

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