My father was a frugal man.
If you talk to our mom, she seems to suppose of his frugality in terms of miserly.
I suppose he just doesn’t like to waste money. He regularly said that when he retired, he wasn’t going to need to worry about money. Mom agreed with this, although she still wanted to have nice things. Dad would roll his eyup and tell her that there were more crucial things than just having ‘nice’ things. That was the only time they argued. When he began to do his own Heating & A/C service, mom was furious. She told him there was no way he was going to be able to maintain the Heating & A/C plan as well as the Heating & A/C company would be able to. She thought he was just asking for more concerns with the already outdated air conditioner equipment and gas furnace. He argued with her over this and told her he was just saving money. He could do the same thing as any Heating & A/C serviceman. When the air conditioner equipment quit blowing chilly air into the house, mom started with her ‘I told you so’ speech. Dad was the 1 to be furious this time. He said it wasn’t anything he had done. When the Heating & A/C serviceman arrived, he found that the fan blades were twisted and put back onto the hub improperly. Mom told him that was what happens when you do your own service. The Heating & A/C tech laughed and told dad to suppose of Heating & A/C service as a necessary evil. Dad was not amused by mom or the serviceman.