Perusing all the articles I missed this week around the personal finance world, I came across this one over at Silicone Vally Blogger that reminded me of something. (And just pointed out that the original discussion about this was over at Money, Matter and More Musings…thanks SVB!) When I was visiting my grandmother earlier this week, we were discussing eating out at restaurants and she mentioned how she always takes the little coffee creamers and ketchup packets whenever she can get them. I asked her why she takes them if she doesn’t really need them and she said “just in case”. Mind you, this is a woman who by no means needs to take these things…she has plenty of money, lives on her own, drives her own car and takes care of herself just fine, thank you. She does not need to steal anything to get by. She just likes taking them for their convenience. Does it have something to do with going through the Depression? Who knows…all I know is that there are creamers and ketchup packs in her kitchen from restaurants all across town.
I cannot figure it out. Is this a frugal act for most people? Criminal behavior? Or just convenience? Is it right? No, I don’t think so, as you are really only supposed to use what you need for the food you buy. But my grandmother is 95 going on 96 and is neither frugal nor a thief. So what gives?