There is a world of difference between a stingy person and a frugal person. While a miser or cheapskate may not spend even when he has money, a frugal person is someone who is prudent about spending as he may have other important things in mind. Sometimes the people who spend wisely may appear as a miser to the others. If you want to get rid of this reputation, you can follow these tips.
The most important part of it is communication. If you are with your friends, tell them beforehand that all of your money is not expendable and you are quite careful about how you are using it. Set the expectations right with your friends and they will know your purpose. If you are going out with your friends where you might need to spend more than you desire, it is better that you avoid such places. Even if someone offers to spend on your behalf, decline it. People will spend once or twice but if it becomes a routine, they will start considering you as a cheapskate.
You will need to be assertive with your friends in many cases. A lot of our friends force us and drag us to places which are expensive. Be polite and yet assertive about your stand. If they are good friends they will understand. If not, you anyway don’t need their company.
While purchasing, you can look for the places where there are more discounts available. Trying to spend wisely does not make you a stingy person at all. It is your money and you get to decide how you want to plan your finances.