I'm a cheapskate. My husband's a spendthrift. It's wonderful.

The benefits of dating a super-spender if you're a super-saver

Bag lunch, versus bought.
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I'm a tightwad. I've always been that way with money. I've been carefully planning budget-savvy meals since my college days to keep my food costs low. I'll use an almost-empty tube of toothpaste until every last bit is gone. I've sometimes gone years (yes, years!) without buying more than a single item of clothing.

My husband, on the other hand? He dropped $4,000 on a mountain bike a few months ago even though biking is merely a hobby for him. He knew he could get a cheaper one and fix it up, or choose a more reasonably priced bike, but this was the one he wanted. He had no problem spending the money.

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