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Being Cheap


Cheapness should always be practised forthrightly with no excuses, like a proud vocation. Its benefits, for those of us who are not poor and have a choice, are too important to keep hidden. Words like "thrifty," "frugal," or "prudent" nowadays conjure up the austere, dutiful lives of ancestors we have no wish to imitate. But the point of being cheap is not to lay up a store in heaven, let alone to hoard money like a miser in a Dickens novel. Its real purpose is to provide opportunities for whatever you want most ...

CHRISTOPHER CLAUSEN, a long-time contributor to Queen's Quarterly, is the author of My Life with President Kennedy and other books.

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