Kiplinger put out a 2013 list of the best cities for Cheapskates. We were actually pleasantly surprised that we happen to live in a mecca of cheapskates! In fact, we actually live about 15 minutes from TWO cities on the top 10 list….. one is 15 minutes to the south and the other is 15 minutes to the north!
Is your city (or nearest city) on the list? We’re curious if it is and where you live!
The article shows all 10 cities and why these 10 cities made the list. Top factors were cost of housing and free activities in the area!
Here’s those top 10 Best Cities for Cheapskates in descending order:
10. Cedar Rapids, IA
9. St. Louis, MO
8. Austin, TX
7. Salt Lake City, UT
5. Raleigh, NC
3. Des Moines, IA
2. Ogden, UT
1. Omaha, NE (who are the blessed ones that live near here??)
You can check out all of the details on why these cities were the top picks this year on the Kiplinger site.
Now, while being a cheapskate could be something to strive towards, there are a few things that are not so great about being a cheapskate. We would prefer to call ourselves “thrifty” instead of “cheapskates” as cheapskates have a bad reputation – even often earning the name “cheat-skates” while trying to save a buck at any cost.
Here’s our top 10 reasons why you shouldn’t be a cheapskate:
10. If you are losing your mind trying to be one
9. If you are losing your patience
8. Tempted to cheat the system while justifying it
6. Being very prideful of your cheapskateness that you look down on others who aren’t doing things the way you would
5. Sacrificing health of yourself and your family
4. When you sacrifice valuable time with your family or kids
3. When being a cheapskate is more important than relationships
2. When you have issues of giving to others
1. When you chat someone’s tip – you should never discount service to save a buck
Finally we also wanted to encourage you to not be a cheapskate when it comes to giving God what is His – at least 10% tithe and 3% for charity within the church too. Don’t forget that all that you have been given is from Him who has ordained and created all things. Don’t be a cheapskate with God!
What are some other reasons you have for not being a cheapskate? We would love to encourage the discussion and see what ways you have been frustrated when someone calls you a “cheapskate”. Or maybe you love and wear the term proudly. Are we being too harsh? Leave a comment below and let us know!