Recently, DH and his coworkers were discussing what everyone did over the weekend. DH reported that we had gone out and bought a refrigerator. One coworker commented, "Wow. I didn't think you tightwads ever spent money on things like that!"
*Mental sarcastic voice: Yeah! We have a magic frozen hole in the backyard where we keep our perishable food items fresh. Who needs a refrigerator?
The coworker just doesn't get it. Yes, DH and I are tightwads; we work hard at it. We are constantly improving and adding to our knowledge and use of tightwaddery. Tightwads DO spend money. We just spend it carefully and to our best advantage.
Because we are tightwads, we are financially able to do most of the things that we want to do. We have no debt other than a home mortgage, and we'll pay that off early. We buy nothing on credit. We are able to handle financial emergencies (like a dying refrigerator or car repairs). We have savings. When an old one wears out, we pay cash for new cars. I could go on and on about what tightwadding does for us.
Tightwadding is a discipline that gives us great financial freedom. Our money works for us, not the other way around.