I am proud to admit that I come from a frugal people. Both sides of my family, regardless of relative wealth, are filled with thrifty shoppers, crafters, cooks and putterers. For example, my wonderful and unique great-aunt was a shrewd shopper and could wrangle a good deal out of anyone. I have many stories about her thriftiness, but one of my favorites is about her final gift to me. When she passed away, my mother was responsible for handling her estate and had the job of sorting through all her possessions. She found a wonderfully kitschy ceramic hen bun-warmer* filled with Betty Crocker points . . . from the last 25 years.
I used them to buy all my kitchen supplies at a discount and think of her every time I use my silicone spatulas. That, my friend, is thriftiness that spans decades.
*If you don't laugh when you type "bun-warmer," there's something wrong with you.