I always thought of myself as a frugal person, but my husband takes it to a whole new level. He only buys the things he needs and nothing else.
You would think that would be a good thing, but it can be quite annoying at times.
Take toilet paper, for example. I recently noticed that we were running low on toilet paper. I asked my husband if he was going to buy some, and he said no. When I asked why he said he had a better idea. He wanted to use the old Yellow Pages phonebook that we had in the store room.
At first I thought my husband was joking, but he was serious. He said that the paper was just as good as toilet paper and it was free. He said that if we ran out of the Yellow Pages, he could always get more from Garang guni.
At first I was horrified by the idea. I couldn’t believe he was serious about using the Yellow Pages as toilet paper. I tried to convince him to buy some toilet paper, but he wouldn’t budge. He said it was a waste of money and that the Yellow Pages worked just as well.
I was so frustrated that I started to cry.
I told him that using the Yellow Pages was gross and unsanitary. He said he cared about my feelings, but he didn’t want to waste money on something he could get for free. After a long argument, he finally agreed to buy some toilet paper.
I was relieved, but I was also a bit angry. He had put me through a lot of stress and anxiety over something that was so trivial. I thought he was being a real cheapskate and I told him so. He said he was just trying to be practical and save money.
I understand why my husband wanted to save money and I also understand why he was so stubborn about it.
But I still don’t think it was right for him to put me through all that stress and anxiety. And I definitely don’t think it was right for him to suggest using Yellow Pages as toilet paper!