I'm not frugal. I'm cheap. And I married another cheapo. Today my wife got 5 pairs of pants at the local thrift store. But sometimes, comparing what things cost makes me crazy. Like tonight--at dinner out with my sister and her husband, we got into a conversation about whether to have a $1.99 or $4.99 dessert. Somehow having the $12 steak seemed extravagant compared to the $8 burger, but the dessert seemed no big deal. I rationalized that the 3 bucks was less than a happy meal (or about the same as a large Starbucks coffee), and I definitely figured I'd enjoy the bigger dessert that much more. In the end, cheap won out, though--Mrs. Sal and I split the $4.99 one, so it was only 50 cents more apiece.
On a similar topic--Applebees overcharges obscenely for iced tea. $2.19--for a GLASS of TEA! I didn't want a beer--but if I had, it would have been cheaper. Now, how is that possible? A six-pack of domestic beer costs $5-6. So each 12-oz bottle is maybe a buck, and they mark it up 100% to $2. You can buy enough tea bags to flood Boston Harbor for 3 bucks, and cold water comes out of the tap! How the heck do they get away with that? There's more profit margin in the tea than the entree!
I guess since I shelled out extra for dessert, I shouldn't let the tea bother me. But when you're a cheapo, things like that really rankle. At least we got "free" refills!