We all share something in common here. As devalued as they are, we all like our hard earned FRN's and would prefer to use them as wisely as possible.
My mother learned from her parents how to stretch just about everything. Food, clothes, tools etc. Some things that my mother was frugal with, I am too. With some things I realized it was worth more to me to buy better or more and not sweat the few extra bucks. For instance the little homeowner tools that my mom had while I was growing up are some of the most annoying things I've dealt with and refuse to use tools not equipped for the task at hand. Now I buy my mother nice corless drills, ladders, brooms etc. Mostly so when I am around I won't have to use her cheap stuff!
Later in life I befriended someone that is the cheapest most stingy bastid I've ever met. He won't ever spend a penny more that he has too and usually won't even spend the penny! Example: He washes his clothes in a pot in the sink; sleeps in the same bed he had for many decades; keeps the house at 50 in the winter(wood only); grows his own food and NEVER eats out(unless someone else foots the bill). After spending a few years watching his thrifty ways, I started to realize the pleasure he gets from NOT spending. Of course on the other side of the spectrum was my wife when I first met her. Money was for throwing at all of life's problems and name brands were the order of the day.
For me personally, the balance is somewhere in between. I like to splurge every once in a while without burden or guilt and I am usually only able to do that after a thrifty period of saving.
Some things I splurge on:
Travel expenses(car rental, airfare)
Going out to eat once or twice a week (nothing fancy but it adds up)
Autos and maintenence
Things I am thrifty with:
Electronics, furniture, clothes, beverages, entertainment(Don't watch tv or movies) etc.
One thing I wish I was better with is using coupons, but I find that they often expire before I use them. I do manage to use coupons for bigger items at Home Cheapo and Harbor Freight though.
What are some of the more extremes you (or someone you know) take in being frugal?