Most people would equate “Cheapskate” with miserly, and Webster agrees. But I use the term with some nuanced differences. A miser won’t part with his money, he loves it for its own sake. Generosity, or sharing, is out of the question. He’s willing to do without, and expects others who may depend on him to do the same. He’s selfish, and I deplore that. It is quite a different matter to be mindful of how your money is spent, to avoid wastefulness. Some might call it frugality, some stewardship, but here it is celebrated. When the purpose of an expenditure is to fill a particular need, it makes no sense to spend more than that which will fill it! It is simply the pursuit of getting a dollar’s value for a dollar spent. Or maybe a dollar and a quarter for a dollar spent! Of course, “value” is a subjective thing, and merchants, advertisers, and charlatans will go to great lengths to create the illusion of value. One way to greatly increase the “cost” versus the “value” is to attach importance to somehow impressing others. It’s everywhere in our consumer society-brands that say conspicuously expensive. People, lots of them, will buy a finicky, undependable, horrible resale value vehicle from, say, Jaguar or Audi or Rover when a Civic, or a Corolla, or a Hyundai will haul their butts around for far, far less per mile. People, lots of them, will pay double or triple or more for an item of clothing because of a brand name or logo, when equally durable and functional clothes are readily available. And nothing says ”I’m a sophisticate who can afford the best” like showing up at a party with a $70 bottle of wine. Now, please understand it is in no way my intention to assert people don’t have the right to spend their dough anyway they choose. Of course they do! If Armani suits, and Audi A8s, and Chateau Margaux wines make sense to you, go for it! But, they do not to me.