Originally Posted by daylatedollarshort
I read a comment on a Yahoo finance article that has helped me to spend a bit more. Someone wrote about a frugal neighbor who died and the widowed husband's second wife was enjoying spending the money.
Ooh, don't get my mother started on that subject. Grandpa (her Dad) was so frugal that my Grandma had to sneak out with my Aunt (Grandma didn't drive) and use money she inherited from her parents to buy new linoleum for her tiny kitchen floor, because Grandpa said that the old stuff was just fine. They were survivors of the Great Depression and never got over it; they hated to leave food on the plate or throw it away.
Grandma died in her late 70s and Grandpa remarried. To be fair, SG (Step-Grandma) wasn't a bad person and they seemed to have a good marriage, but suddenly Grandpa's purse strings loosened. SG didn't bring much into the marriage; in fact, her adult kids told her after she was widowed that she'd better find a man if she wanted to continue living in the manner to which she'd become accustomed. They bought a unit in a retirement community in FL. For their 5th anniversary, she got an "upgraded" engagement ring with a diamond that was bigger than the 1-carat I had at the time. Grandma always wore the little diamond Grandpa gave her when they were young and starting out, and Grandma LOVED real jewelry.
My parents are pretty frugal but Mom says she's not going to deny herself anything just so Dad can spend it on his second wife.