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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1020 on: August 19, 2013, 04:40:48 PM »

I couldn't agree more.  I mean, hello.. pliers!  A person needs to learn the right tool for the job.

New computer screen, please.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1021 on: August 19, 2013, 05:14:09 PM »

I couldn't agree more.  I mean, hello.. pliers!  A person needs to learn the right tool for the job.

New computer screen, please.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1022 on: August 19, 2013, 07:59:31 PM »

I couldn't agree more.  I mean, hello.. pliers!  A person needs to learn the right tool for the job.

New computer screen, please.

When you're six years old, a LOT of things seem like a good idea.
Oh, yes!  When I was a kid, one of the little girls in the neighborhood found out that the Tooth Fairy would leave you MONEY for your teeth!  So she offered to split it with her older brother and had him pull out all the teeth that he could wiggle loose with the pliers.  "Look, Mommy, I've got a LOT of teeth for the Tooth Fairy!" Mommy darned near fainted.  It was several years before the girl had a full set of teeth again, since they'd pulled out several that weren't even close to being loose.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1023 on: August 19, 2013, 08:35:18 PM »
amylouky wrote:

"I superglued my retainer together a few times in high school. Not because I was a cheapskate really, just didn't want to deal with the Wrath of Dad."

Using superglue on a retainer or dentures isn't really cheapskate stuff, since it will work pretty well on those things and it's not going to hurt if it doesn't work.  Using it on a tooth, however, is plumb foolish because it's just begging for an abcess that could cause serious health problems and LOTS of pain, since you'd be sealing in a host of bacteria that would then happily go to work on the inside of your tooth.

I don't think I even have to address how wrong it is to try to use a Dremel tool for personal dentistry.

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I couldn't agree more.  I mean, hello.. pliers!  A person needs to learn the right tool for the job.

I lost a couple of baby teeth to pliers in my dad's hands.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1024 on: August 19, 2013, 10:39:49 PM »

I couldn't agree more.  I mean, hello.. pliers!  A person needs to learn the right tool for the job.

New computer screen, please.

When you're six years old, a LOT of things seem like a good idea.
Oh, yes!  When I was a kid, one of the little girls in the neighborhood found out that the Tooth Fairy would leave you MONEY for your teeth!  So she offered to split it with her older brother and had him pull out all the teeth that he could wiggle loose with the pliers.  "Look, Mommy, I've got a LOT of teeth for the Tooth Fairy!" Mommy darned near fainted.  It was several years before the girl had a full set of teeth again, since they'd pulled out several that weren't even close to being loose.

Oh. My. Gosh. I think I might faint.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1025 on: August 20, 2013, 12:37:00 AM »

I couldn't agree more.  I mean, hello.. pliers!  A person needs to learn the right tool for the job.

New computer screen, please.

When you're six years old, a LOT of things seem like a good idea.
Oh, yes!  When I was a kid, one of the little girls in the neighborhood found out that the Tooth Fairy would leave you MONEY for your teeth!  So she offered to split it with her older brother and had him pull out all the teeth that he could wiggle loose with the pliers.  "Look, Mommy, I've got a LOT of teeth for the Tooth Fairy!" Mommy darned near fainted.  It was several years before the girl had a full set of teeth again, since they'd pulled out several that weren't even close to being loose.

Oh. My. Gosh. I think I might faint.

How did that girl turn out? I can't tell if she would turn out as a super rich person due to her sheer determination to get money, or as a failure because she didn't correctly weigh present costs against future earnings...
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1026 on: August 20, 2013, 12:43:57 AM »
I'm more wondering about her pain tolerance...
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1027 on: August 20, 2013, 06:47:04 AM »
Holly carp  :o
I'm speachless. Most parents only have to look out for the "look mommy, I gave myself a haircut!".

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1028 on: August 20, 2013, 10:43:06 AM »
I never knew anyone who did that but had I been the parent I would have freaked out.

As a person whose teeth aren't beautiful I can't imagine how this child's permanent teeth might have been affected by this.





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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1029 on: August 20, 2013, 11:01:12 AM »
I never knew anyone who did that but had I been the parent I would have freaked out.

As a person whose teeth aren't beautiful I can't imagine how this child's permanent teeth might have been affected by this.
She needed substantial orthodontia, since there were no neighboring teeth to guide the new ones as they erupted.  How she turned out, I don't know, as we moved away from there when I was in my teens.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1030 on: August 23, 2013, 07:04:26 PM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :).
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1031 on: August 23, 2013, 08:15:00 PM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1032 on: August 24, 2013, 03:35:18 AM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.

It's generally done in order that someone who's having suicidal thoughts can't just go buy 100 tablets and then do whatever they were thinking of.  It's not just aspirin though, it's any OTC pain medication that could be lethal in overdose amounts.
You can however buy two packets in one shop, then walk down the street to the next shop and buy two packets and then walk to the next shop etc, so it's no major deterrent if someone's dead set on harming themselves, but for the person who sees the pills on the shelf and thinks "Maybe I'll do that" has time to really think about it before they can gather enough pills.

It is a pain for people like me though, where I'll be fine for months, and then have a batch of 8 or 9 bad headaches over a week.  I solve it by buying a couple of packs every time I'm in Boots, and since I pass a couple of Boots every week, I usually have enough packets in the house that I could take 2 pills a day for a month and not run out!!
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1033 on: August 24, 2013, 05:31:36 AM »
Carotte some cheap advice.

don't get them from boots. go to a supermarket they will be a lot cheaper there. Also it's a restriction per transaction. So if you want to stock up in one go get as many packs as you can and go when it's quite. Use the self service area and just do lots and lots of little transactions.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1034 on: August 24, 2013, 09:24:20 AM »
Ok so this one is not cheapskate, I'd say 'opportunist spender' :) .
While vacationing in the UK I tried to stockpile aspirin. See, I got 7 boxes of 16 tablets each for 2.03£  (3.10$- 2.30€), that's 0.19£ the aspirin! (you don't even need to figure that out, it's printed on the price tag :) ).
I probably couldn't find a box of 10 for that price here!

The only problem to my stockpiling scheme (we go through a lot of aspirin with my SO) is that you cannot buy more than 2 boxes (or 32 tablets) of pain killer per purchase in the UK, and I wasn't going to go multiple times with a different disguise so I just tried to go in a Boots (pharmacy and drugstore store that are everywhere in the UK) everytime it was convenient.

But yeah, the pharmacy and general drugstore prices could almost be attractive enough to think about doing a yearly trip just to stockpile on stuff.  ::)
For aspirin? That's insane! Aspirin is dead cheap here in the US.  CVS house brand is $.99 for 120 uncoated tablets.  Most bottles of aspirin are 100 pills.  And no one cares how many bottles you buy.

I don't think Carrote is from the US but in Europe.

I am not in Europe but I just paid the equivalent of $6 for an 18 pack of aspirin.