I'm actually not a very good Miser. In the true sense of the word that is. I do try, I really do, but when it comes right down to it I'm just no good. The other day I came across a casting notice for a new TV game show/reality contestant show, searching for real Misers. I thought to myself that perhaps I just might qualify for something like that. But then I read the blurb which said: "Misers wanted! Are you the Queen or King of Coupons? Can you stretch a dollar further than anyone you know? Can you find the most incredible deals out there? Then we want YOU to compete with other like mind individuals for a chance to win cash prizes!"
I knew that there was no way I could ever win a competition like that. For one thing, I hate coupons. They are usually for nothing that I would ever buy, and the rare times that I do find a coupon that I might use, I invariable forget that I have it until after it's expired. Also, I cannot stretch a dollar very far, sad to say. I'm not even sure what that means. And I never go searching for deals, rather the deals have to find me. So I'm just not a good Miser in those terms. However, I do have some good Miser-like qualities, I think. For one thing, I've gotten very good at grocery shopping, only buying what I know we'll eat and never letting any food go to waste. I cook mostly healthy, nutritionous meals for my little family these days, and we hardly ever eat out anymore. So we save money there. (Back in olden times, before Bee was born and when both Sparky and I were working, all we did was go out to eat. We wasted so much money at restaurants and bars and cafes, but it was worth it at the time, so who cares?)
But the one thing that both Sparky and I are the most Miserly-spectacular at is our usage of Gorilla Glue to fix anything and everything that has broken. Why go out and buy something new to replace your old-broken-down-whatever when you can just fix it with Gorilla Glue (which just happens to be the best glue that has ever been invented)? I love this stuff. Sparky loves this stuff, it is truly a miracle worker. It works on any and all surfaces such as metals, wood, plastic, stone, ceramics, rubber, etc. And it is waterproof to boot. If something becomes broken around our Miser household, we just fix it with our trusty Gorilla Glue - instead of using coupons or stretching a dollar or finding the best deal possible in order to replace the broken-whatever. Which means that less of our stuff gets thrown into the landfills, less or our money is flying out of our pockets, and even more of our stuff is kind of funky looking. But as long as it still works I'm good with it. So in those terms I guess I am a pretty good Miser after all.