I am strong believer in the little known adage for living: Extreme thrift is a thinly veiled form of greed.
My husband is usually generous, but sometimes he tries to "save money" on things that end up costing us more. For instance, when we had to remodel our downstairs bathroom. I picked out a $225.00 toilet. He balked at paying that much for a toilet and bought a.... $40.00 toilet. It started clogging almost immediately, and ended up costing us not only Four Hundred Dollars
for an emergency plumber visit, but we then had to shell out the money for the decently priced toilet ON TOP OF the cheap one, which had to be thrown away.
He does the same thing with stuff like aluminum foil. Buys the cheap ass thin as onion paper stuff, that then has to be tripled or quadrupled over just to work. We could have bought the heavy duty aluminum foil for less per use.
(My Man is at the VERY TOP of my Shit List today, if anyone is interested....)
I hate cheapness. I will pay for quality, as it lasts longer and causes you to not have to rebuy things, as quality lasts longer. My mother criticized me because I asked for good quality pots and pans for my wedding. (Not really expensive, Revere Ware, good quality mid priced stuff.) However, unlike her cheap cookware, I never burn anything because my pots and pans withstand and distribute heat, and I have not had to replace them in... (mumbles to herself) the many years we've been living together.
I could give myriad examples, but for me, quality and being generous to people who matter to you (and that includes the wait staff who brings you your food in a restaurant, the guy who delivers my prescriptions when I'm sick and even the girl who brings me my Jimmy John sandwich) are worthy of my hard earned money.
You can't take it with you.