The stories about people being cheap because they think the prices are too high reminds me of me. I wear lots of T-shirts because they're cheap, cheaper than nice shirts. I have money in the monthly budget that's supposed to go toward my clothes but I never spend it. When I do go clothes shopping I usually come home with nothing. $10 for a plain T-shirt? $40 for jeans? No thanks. I saw a pair of shorts online for $50 the other day, and I can't even fathom shopping at a place like Anthropologie, where a shirt can be close to $100.
I don't consider this to be cheap, but frugal. You aren't inconveniencing anyone or making anyone go without, or impacting anyone else because certain items cost more than you choose to pay for them. And unless you constantly badmouth people who are willing to pay that much for things, then you're fine.
Iím cheap about certain things as well; while I work in a store where a t-shirt can be $30 or more, pants over $100, and so on. I get a nice discount, even on the sale stuff. And when I didnít work there, I waited for sales as well. Certain things, yes, I will pay more for since Iím a firm believer in ďyou get what you pay forĒ regarding some things. But others, nope, I go as cheap as I can.
My friend's DH however, I posted about him upthread. he wont get a haircut unless he has a coupon, and its only $10 to begin with. She also told me he wears his undies until they are literally falling apart, in spite of the fact he buys the cheapest he can.
I'm the same way. I refuse to pay $$$$ for clothes. I am a regular at thrift and consignment shops and have shopped on e-bay because I can get great stuff for a fraction of the cost and the thrill of the hunt is fun for me too. I am also too cheap to pay full price for clothes for my daughters who are young and will grow out of them in a few months (although I do splurge on shoes because they can be hard to fit). Soon after DD1 was born, I realized yard sales were a great place for kids toys and will buy nearly all of them there.
I don't mind paying full price/bigger bucks for union-made or locally-made/fair trade clothing. I won't pay big bucks for something I know was made in the same factory or sweatshop as the cheaper labels. Besides, I can get a lot of stuff wholesale through work
When DD1 went into high school, she wanted the same kind of designer jeans that some of the other kids had. Jeans that cost $60, when my budget for new school clothes for two kids was $150. She nagged and whined and was just generally so obnoxious that I finally snapped. I went to the credit union and pulled out $150 in cash, handed her $75, and told her that this was all we could afford. She could spend it however she wished. Get the jeans, and no other new clothes, if that was what she wanted.
And you know what? She looked at that money, more than she'd ever held in her hands before, and the state of her wardrobe, and stopped nagging about those jeans.
She asked to be taken to the three different thrift shops in the area, and got several new-to-her skirts, blouses, and sweaters. And yes, even designer jeans.