Cheeseparing – Saving via extreme frugality

If someone cuts for you a rather thin piece of cheese, they are cheeseparing.  Perhaps because they are frugal.

Cheeseparing comes from the Old English word for cheese (case) and the Old French word for trimming, parer. 

Not long ago, I discovered THE manual on cheeseparing.  I’ve read financial books for years.  Starting reading them decades ago when I decided to become a teacher.  At the time, I did not realize I was signing up for a low-income job. 

I have never taught for the government schools.  I am not sure I consider those jobs low income.  Back in 2018, there were 10,000 teachers in New Jersey earning more than $100,000 a year.  Not bad.  I wouldn’t have needed to read books on finance and frugality had I been earning $100,000 a year. 

But, I never earned $100,000 a year as a teacher, and so I did read financial books.  Lots of them.  Somehow, until last month, I had never heard about Your Money, or Your Life. 

I read it.  I recommend you read it, too.  It’s good.  If you want to master the art of frugality, read Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez.   

I did not agree with everything, of course.  The author quotes Paul Ehrlich several times. I think you can safely ignore pretty much everything that professional doom and gloomer has to say.   Other than that, I found the book extremely helpful. 

If you would rather read blogs than books, I highly recommend the site Trip of A Lifestyle.  Stephen and Lauren work clean.  You could send your kids over to their site.  Another site, though sprinkled with vulgarity (too bad) is Mr. Money Mustache.  The language is sometimes bad.  The frugal advice is good.


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