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Amara

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1080 on: April 26, 2014, 01:48:36 PM »
Doodlemor, tell your husband about this place: http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/square-head-nails?GCID=S14464x015KEYWORD=old%20fashioned%20square%20nailspartner=gpc&gclid=CJCVwPTn_r0CFcRefgodhB4Apg

Here is their mission; he might really like it: At House of Antique Hardware we believe period homes were designed and built with a rare integrity. For those of us compelled to restore that integrity, we share a responsibility: to stay true to the original design, materials and workmanship. At House of Antique Hardware, there are no short cuts to reproducing the past. We have one of the largest selections of original and authentic reproduction hardware on the web, and sales staff dedicated to matching the most faithful restoration project.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1081 on: April 26, 2014, 01:57:41 PM »
Doodlemor, tell your husband about this place: http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/square-head-nails?GCID=S14464x015KEYWORD=old%20fashioned%20square%20nailspartner=gpc&gclid=CJCVwPTn_r0CFcRefgodhB4Apg

Here is their mission; he might really like it: At House of Antique Hardware we believe period homes were designed and built with a rare integrity. For those of us compelled to restore that integrity, we share a responsibility: to stay true to the original design, materials and workmanship. At House of Antique Hardware, there are no short cuts to reproducing the past. We have one of the largest selections of original and authentic reproduction hardware on the web, and sales staff dedicated to matching the most faithful restoration project.

Thanks Amara, I will.  He does like for things to be as authentic as possible.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1082 on: April 26, 2014, 01:57:49 PM »
My favorite bridal shower gift these days is a set of Pyrex baking dishes with the couple's monogram etched on the bottom. The set I like does not come in a box, so it is very hard to wrap and too heavy for a bag. I've started wrapping them in flour-sack towels. They don't look fancy, but at least they're practical.

Have you tried putting them in a really pretty reusable shopping tote? Grocery stores often offer bags that are tasteful and not just a huge logo. I have started giving my go-to baby shower gift (diapers and then a treat for mommy) in totes, so that even the bag is a useful gift!

Not that there's anything wrong with flour-sack towels, I would love that gift-wrapping!!! But a bag might be easier for transport if that were a concern for you.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1083 on: April 26, 2014, 02:19:04 PM »
He saw me cleaning one time and had a fit.  I was supposed to be taking the nails out of the paneling and straightening them out so he could reuse them.  Clue "the look".

Nails went into the trash.

We save the screws when striking a set, but nails, and straightening them?  You'd have to pay me to do that :-).

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1084 on: April 26, 2014, 02:49:04 PM »
...    He came to our open house and spent the ENTIRE TIME muttering under his breath about "can't believe anyone would pay 100k, my entire house only cost $7000, ridiculous amount of money, can't believe it, absurd amount of money, blah blah blah..."

I wonder if he'll still feel that way when the time comes that he wants/needs to sell his house!   ;D

After my aunt's passing my dad offered to buy her house from the estate at the original asking price...$1500 in 1934.  My aunt passed away in 2012.  I told my dad, "Nice try."  (I was the executor, and eventually sold the house for $60,000, which was a good price in the area where she lived for the amount of work the house needed.)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1085 on: April 26, 2014, 02:55:37 PM »
My favorite bridal shower gift these days is a set of Pyrex baking dishes with the couple's monogram etched on the bottom. The set I like does not come in a box, so it is very hard to wrap and too heavy for a bag. I've started wrapping them in flour-sack towels. They don't look fancy, but at least they're practical.

Have you tried putting them in a really pretty reusable shopping tote? Grocery stores often offer bags that are tasteful and not just a huge logo. I have started giving my go-to baby shower gift (diapers and then a treat for mommy) in totes, so that even the bag is a useful gift!

Not that there's anything wrong with flour-sack towels, I would love that gift-wrapping!!! But a bag might be easier for transport if that were a concern for you.

LL Bean does great zipper top tote bags.  You can have those monogrammed as well and they come in a lot of colors in a few different sizes.  I love them for gifts. 

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1086 on: April 26, 2014, 02:59:45 PM »
I like the idea of a reusable piņata.  If it's reasonably salvageable, keeping the thing makes perfect sense. 

I've heard of young children who had a bit of distress when a piņata in the shape of an animal or person was destroyed.  Having Elmo attend several parties is a nice idea. 

We also keep and reuse gift bags. So long as they're in decent condition, they can be used to package gifts for others.  If the seams are starting to go, we'll tape them up and use them to package gifts for each other.  There's nothing wrong with that.

We keep and reuse gift bags, too.  We got lots of mileage out of the ones we got wedding gifts in, and were still using them five years later.  I liked the ones that were solid colored or not specifically for a wedding, because those could be used for anything.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1087 on: April 26, 2014, 03:09:47 PM »
My favorite bridal shower gift these days is a set of Pyrex baking dishes with the couple's monogram etched on the bottom. The set I like does not come in a box, so it is very hard to wrap and too heavy for a bag. I've started wrapping them in flour-sack towels. They don't look fancy, but at least they're practical.

Have you tried putting them in a really pretty reusable shopping tote? Grocery stores often offer bags that are tasteful and not just a huge logo. I have started giving my go-to baby shower gift (diapers and then a treat for mommy) in totes, so that even the bag is a useful gift!

Not that there's anything wrong with flour-sack towels, I would love that gift-wrapping!!! But a bag might be easier for transport if that were a concern for you.

I sew tote bags out of remnants and use those for gift bags.  The only problem with this is that people know I do it, so it's obvious who the gift is from.  (Last Christmas for a white elephant party I gave a gift that I wrapped in a box that had held sifting kitty litter liners.  Nice strong box.  The recipient said the type of box was a dead giveaway that it was from us, the local cat owners.)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1088 on: April 26, 2014, 06:52:59 PM »
I think I told this story here before, but I was once at the Lindt cafe. Those of you who know your Lindt might know that they sell their famous Lindor chocolate balls by the weight. So this one gentleman wanted to purchase a single Lindor ball. When she weighed it, it came up to about 11g, therefore costing $1.20. He insisted that the last time he was there, it had only weighed say 10g and cost $1.10. So he pulled out a different ball and demanded she weigh it. The remarkably patient cashier explained that they would all weigh the same, but he was only convinced after she weighed 3 separate balls.

The clincher was that there was a plate with about eight cookies as free samples. After he verified that they were indeed completely free, he took all eight cookies.

Over $1 for one chocolate ball? Yikes!

I was going to write a whole post of outrage, but then I notice from your profile that you're in Australia so perhaps that price is normal for chocolate.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1089 on: April 26, 2014, 07:07:08 PM »
Before the local refuse utility put a weight limit on the garbage cans one of our (the children) jobs growing up was to get into the garbage can and jump around in it to compress the garbage so dad wouldn't have to pay for a second can. 

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1090 on: April 26, 2014, 08:04:12 PM »
Before the local refuse utility put a weight limit on the garbage cans one of our (the children) jobs growing up was to get into the garbage can and jump around in it to compress the garbage so dad wouldn't have to pay for a second can.

LOL!!  We pay by the bag (although we have free recycling of anything that can be recycled).  We STILL stand in the wastebaskets to compress the trash as much as possible!  You'd think we'd outgrow that, but nah.  We're in our seventies and still do it.  I guess we're practicing for that "one foot in the grave" pose.   ;D

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1091 on: April 26, 2014, 08:25:42 PM »
Maybe having to carry one bag instead instead of 2 or 3.

I think it was George Carlin(?) who had a funny one-liner in his routine when trash compactors were popular: it turns 30 pounds of trash into 30 pounds of trash.  ;D

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1092 on: April 26, 2014, 08:41:47 PM »
A certain relative used to try to go to the bathroom at work only, not at home, so that it was not his TP or water being used......

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« Reply #1093 on: April 26, 2014, 08:51:10 PM »
A certain relative used to try to go to the bathroom at work only, not at home, so that it was not his TP or water being used......

Wow. You win.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1094 on: April 26, 2014, 08:54:18 PM »
A certain relative used to try to go to the bathroom at work only, not at home, so that it was not his TP or water being used......

 :o :o What?!