When it comes to politics, I generally tell people I am LIBERAL on FREE speech & expression and CONSERVATIVE on spending. I see far too much waste in what the Governement does with our money.
Me & my husband have a large family, he is the only bread winner, his job is considered blue collar- we are not Rich by the standards of "RICH" , infact low income for our family size of 8, but we do amazingly well. We own our house, 2 good working but older cars, land, and are debt free since our early 40's. We know many families with less kids, better jobs, even both parents working -making thousands more than us & have credit card debt, cars not paid for, Home loans, even older than us --all because of how they choose to spend their money. The immediate gratification factor trips them up.
Many of those parents likely DO buy their kids bigger presents at christmas time, think nothing of what it will cost to give them the BEST of everything whereas I count the cost , use coupons, only buy on sale & get excited about "a deal" and saving $$$.
I used to work for a Financial Planner in my early 20's, he would get mad at me cause when I got a compliment, I would let the person know how cheap I got my clothes. He told me to just let them THINK I paid full price. And I thought about that, but the thing was, I am proud to be Frugal, it is a part of who I am.
When I am feeling generous, I can be -cause I have the funds to do whatever I want and whatever I need or my kids need.
Saving for a rainy day -having those funds, this is essential to a peaceful life, no matter your income, it can be done. We saved when my husband had a job earning less than half of what he makes now (terribly sucky job for 18 long years), and we still managed to put down half of the cost of the 1st house we bought back then, it was a handy man special, but we sold it 2 yrs later after much hard work & made a big profit.
Being a conservative spender is wise - for the Governement and for the Family. But I will say I am VERY thankful for those who aren't - so I can go out and buy their beautiuful hardly worn clothes at Consignment shops for my family & their traded in vehicles for 1/3 or less of the original cost -with many years of driving life left in them.