Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Word Wednesday- Skinflint

Skinflint. Doesn't that sound like a bad word? Something at least "R" rated, if not worse?

My husband and I heard this word on TV the other night (I have since forgotten what it was that we were watching) and he immediately said, "hmmm...skinflint. Now, that's a word you don't hear very often anymore". And, of course, my response was, " What are you talking about?  I've NEVER heard that word! What the heck is it?" My thoughts- pornography? a skin condition? But, no. Not even close.

The definition, according to freedictionary.com:

skin·flint
n.
One who is very reluctant to spend money; a miser.

Who would have thought? It's not anything to be embarrassed about or hide. Nothing "X" rated. Nothing gross. I actually want to be a skinflint! Not so much a "miser", but "one who is reluctant to spend money". Yeah, that probably would have been a good thing for me. Or at least to have had some knowledge about how and when to save and how and when to spend. That would have nipped some hard life lessons in the bud!
In all honesty, though, I have started to gain a bit of  perspective and insight about money over the last few years.  About what I need and don't need. About what's important to me and not important to me. I guess sometimes it takes a life changing event (or two) to do this to a person. But, in any case, I'm glad it finally happened. Now, maybe I'll be able to retire before the age of  80!!
So, I'll leave you with an image from my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life. This is definitely not the image that I thought I would be using to coincide with the word 'skinflint', but it's very fitting, don't you think?
I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday~ Juli

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