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Piratelvr1121

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1110 on: April 28, 2014, 06:53:01 AM »

I swear this feels like the perfect placement for some Cliff Clavin "wisdom" but for the life of me I can't think of anything.  Though someone did share recently on fbook Cliff's logic for why some people feel smarter after having a few beers.




"Due to the shape of the North American elk's esophagus, even if it could speak, it could not pronounce the word lasagna."

Sorry , but someone had to do it ....

And I read that in Cliff Clavin's voice. :)
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« Reply #1111 on: April 29, 2014, 05:19:30 AM »
whew. just go to the end. I don't remember if i submitted these stories about Ex husband but here goes:

*When we traveled we stayed at a certain hotel chain where ex had the highest level and so we always got free upgrades etc. This usually included business lounge acess which usually served breakfast, all day hot beverages and cookies/fruit, and a "happy hour".  now happy hour was not a meal, unless your name is Mr. Cicero's-Ex. Happy hour was limited soft drinks, maybe wine (i really dont' remember) and a few snacks (finger foods). yup - we all had to be there to get our one drink even if we didn't want it, and eat the little snacks because "that was dinner". "who needs to eat after *all that food*?" seriously, a bite sized round of bread with a smidgeon of smoked salmon isn't dinner.

*he traveled a lot "for business" (what business that was is anyone's guesss but it kept him very busy). he was very cheap in gift buying. so he would usually end up bringing me back whatever "special" was sold on the plane - junky earrings or watches usually. one time he brought me back something really nice - not my taste or style but very very chic and expensive (a designer item). i was surprised but pleased. until... one day we had a guest for lunch and they two guys were comparing airline stories - you know, "how i got the airline to upgrade/give me more/reimburse me " etc. so he tells this story about how on one flight the entertainment system didn't work on their section so the entire section got a 100$ voucher to buy anything on their in flight duty free shop, and then he turns to me and says "and that's how you got that scarf and pin" thinking i would be pleased. my face must have shown my shock so he tried to back track and said "oh but of course i had to add more money to it" which i knew was a lie.

*when we got drinks at a fast food place he tried to make us get them without ice because you get more drink without the ice. but we like our ice and were willing to drink less ::)

*as i said, he traveled a lot "for business". one year we were having a family celebration and i wanted to go, he wasn't go to go but he didn't want me to go either "because we don't have any money". i finally got him to agree but he told me that i could only spend X $, no more. (I don't remember how much but it wasn't a lot of money). I scrimped on everything - lugged bottles of water, bought 1 dollar coffee/bagel combos from the pushcarts, etc. when he came back from his next trip, i happened to see some of his bills and reciepts - take out food, his hotel bill that included mini bar junk like macademia nuts, car rental etc.

there are more, lots more.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1112 on: April 29, 2014, 05:40:05 AM »
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......

When I still lived with relatives, we had a neighbor that came over every morning to visit - but first had to use the bathroom.  Then she would brag that she had not bought t.paper in years & that one roll lasted her for months.   

Cali.in.UK

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« Reply #1113 on: April 29, 2014, 06:38:00 AM »
My entire extended family lives on the east coast, so we don't see them very often and are not very close. My one uncle, married with two kids is the wealthiest person in the family. He and his wife both have high paying jobs but he is by far the cheapest person I've dealt with. When they come to the west coast they always stay with my family in our small house, never bring anything, pay for anything. One time my uncle offered to take my dad out for a beer to "thank him" for the free accommodation and when the bill came? He paid for his own drink and went to the bathroom.
But the worst they did is this past summer he and his family were traveling near where my sister lives and said they wanted to stay with her and her boyfriend in their small two bedroom, one bathroom apartment. My sister said it would probably be too crowded but they wouldn't take no for an answer. They insisted that they missed her and she was "faaaamily" so they would stay with her.
They stayed four days, the night that they offered to buy pizza, my uncle asked for the cheapest pizza place and refused to buy more than two small pizzas, so everyone got one slice and a half. Then the day they left he told my sister he "left a present" for her in the kitchen, which surprised her, until she arrived back from dropping them at the airport and found a pile of local maps and tourist information that he "gave her" instead of throwing away. She has never received a thank you note or call since they stayed.

Cherry91

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« Reply #1114 on: April 29, 2014, 08:45:25 AM »
I made it! It's taken me three days (on and off) to get from start to end but I did it!

It's quite funny encountering posts from what is now the halfway point or before going "Finished!" while I'm going "I've still got 40 pages!"

Still, at least now I'll get the updates.
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hjaye

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« Reply #1115 on: April 29, 2014, 08:48:14 AM »
*as i said, he traveled a lot "for business". one year we were having a family celebration and i wanted to go, he wasn't go to go but he didn't want me to go either "because we don't have any money". i finally got him to agree but he told me that i could only spend X $, no more. (I don't remember how much but it wasn't a lot of money). I scrimped on everything - lugged bottles of water, bought 1 dollar coffee/bagel combos from the pushcarts, etc. when he came back from his next trip, i happened to see some of his bills and reciepts - take out food, his hotel bill that included mini bar junk like macademia nuts, car rental etc.

there are more, lots more.
I'm curious, was he able to expense those bills back to his company?

I have a friend whose ex-husband could be cheap (but not towards himself).  The family had gone out to eat with some other family members who were in town visiting.  Her ex told her they didn't have a lot of money and be careful as to how much was spent on the dinner.  She ended up just eating a salad and appetizer to make sure there would be enough to pay for the kids meal.  Her husband had a regular meal.  So she was pretty hungry when they left the restaurant.  She found out after they got home he had over three hundred dollars in his wallet.  Part of the reason he is now an ex.

Cherry91

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« Reply #1116 on: April 29, 2014, 08:54:14 AM »
*as i said, he traveled a lot "for business". one year we were having a family celebration and i wanted to go, he wasn't go to go but he didn't want me to go either "because we don't have any money". i finally got him to agree but he told me that i could only spend X $, no more. (I don't remember how much but it wasn't a lot of money). I scrimped on everything - lugged bottles of water, bought 1 dollar coffee/bagel combos from the pushcarts, etc. when he came back from his next trip, i happened to see some of his bills and reciepts - take out food, his hotel bill that included mini bar junk like macademia nuts, car rental etc.

there are more, lots more.
I'm curious, was he able to expense those bills back to his company?

I have a friend whose ex-husband could be cheap (but not towards himself).  The family had gone out to eat with some other family members who were in town visiting.  Her ex told her they didn't have a lot of money and be careful as to how much was spent on the dinner.  She ended up just eating a salad and appetizer to make sure there would be enough to pay for the kids meal.  Her husband had a regular meal.  So she was pretty hungry when they left the restaurant.  She found out after they got home he had over three hundred dollars in his wallet.  Part of the reason he is now an ex.

Ugh, I hate hypocritical cheapskates most of all...
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cicero

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1117 on: April 29, 2014, 09:03:51 AM »
*as i said, he traveled a lot "for business". one year we were having a family celebration and i wanted to go, he wasn't go to go but he didn't want me to go either "because we don't have any money". i finally got him to agree but he told me that i could only spend X $, no more. (I don't remember how much but it wasn't a lot of money). I scrimped on everything - lugged bottles of water, bought 1 dollar coffee/bagel combos from the pushcarts, etc. when he came back from his next trip, i happened to see some of his bills and reciepts - take out food, his hotel bill that included mini bar junk like macademia nuts, car rental etc.

there are more, lots more.
I'm curious, was he able to expense those bills back to his company?

I have a friend whose ex-husband could be cheap (but not towards himself).  The family had gone out to eat with some other family members who were in town visiting.  Her ex told her they didn't have a lot of money and be careful as to how much was spent on the dinner.  She ended up just eating a salad and appetizer to make sure there would be enough to pay for the kids meal.  Her husband had a regular meal.  So she was pretty hungry when they left the restaurant.  She found out after they got home he had over three hundred dollars in his wallet.  Part of the reason he is now an ex.
funny you should ask - he didn't really work, though he claimed that he did. he was "trying" to "start" a business - hence these "business trips" (which, if you ask me, were just a way for him to do something). he had worked in the past and i guess accumulated enough miles and stuff so he used a lot of those for his travels. But when we were getting divorced, he told me father that we (DS and I) had cost him over $$$$$ (some crazy amount of money). so my father asked me about this because he knew that i had been working and that we were living in some crazy high level lifestyle. i said, sure, if he flew business class and got a companian ticket for me, then he would figure this at the full retail price not what he actually spent. same goes for hotel upgrades, etc. so yeah, if you spend 100$ on a hotel room, but you are upgraded to a business level room that costs 200$ so it can add up...

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1118 on: April 29, 2014, 09:10:33 AM »
DH grew up in an atmosphere of poverty.  While they always had the necessities, everything was done as cheaply as possible with no thought to quality or suitability.  Looking back as an adult, he realizes that while there was never money for (say) a birthday party at McDonald's ($30?  Way too expensive), there was always enough money for his father to buy a new hunting rifle, or ammunition, or a bow. 

He has a story about how his dad would always gripe that McDonald's was too expensive, and on the rare occasions that they got to go, they were strictly limited on what they could get.  So it was darkly funny the day they went in, and the counter worker greeted his father by name and asked if he'd have the usual.  Seems he was in there 4-5 days a week, getting either breakfast or lunch and sometimes both.  So it was too expensive for his family, but not for him.   >:(

Free Range Hippy Chick

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« Reply #1119 on: April 29, 2014, 10:06:26 AM »
I used to have a friend whose husband insisted that lunches for her and her children should be made with own-brand bread from the discount supermarket, and the pre-formed luncheon meats. He on the other hand, was a Working Man (she was looking after 4 children under 12, and childminding as well) and needed bakery bread and proper ham sliced off the bone from the deli. They could drink generic cola; he wanted the brand name. There was a group of four of five families in the area with children much of an age who had frequent play dates together; it got to be well known that all the other mothers, if a child was there around lunch or tea time, would make an extra sandwich and find an extra yogurt and apple. It all came out in the wash - I'll feed Johnny with my children today, you'll feed the Elder Chick tomorrow when he's at your house to play. Even if they weren't there at a meal time, there would be a drink and a biscuit or a handful of raisins or whatever.

Not at her house. At her house, her children got fed and visiting children didn't, not so much as a grape. And not because she didn't want to - she was mortified by the whole thing - but because he wouldn't allow it.

And yes, he too did the thing about the children's toys came from jumble sales and discount stores, but he had all the latest electronics, club memberships, etc etc cont page 94.

He asked me once about doing some work for him when he was supposed to be setting up his own business - he was made redundant, with a big payoff: knew it was coming 9 months before it did and did nothing about this business he was setting up until he was actually sitting at home all day. It was something that involved sending off to the licensing authority for the industry and waiting for approval; he had all the qualifications, and filling in the forms took an afternoon, but then you would have to wait 3 or 4 months for the approval to come through. If he'd done them when he first knew that he was being paid off, he'd have been able to work from day 1, not sat on his behind at home waiting for the paperwork. I went over one evening and talked him through the first stages of what he needed to do, and then said brightly 'now I never contract with my friends, because of conflict of interest and because it makes for discomfort when you know that I know your income and outgoings, so I recommend that you go with Other Accountant.'  I'm glad I did - within 12 months, the word all around town was that he was a bad payer. Questioned everything, always wanted a discount, didn't keep to agreed payment terms.

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« Reply #1120 on: April 29, 2014, 10:22:28 AM »
When I was little, I was friends with the girl across the street.  My parents got to know her parents as a result, and while the mother (Jane) was nice, the father (Bob) was a piece of work:

  • Jane was a stay-at-home mom and never had any money of her own.  Bob didn't see why she should have any (I think he was afraid she'd leave him if she got any savings).
  • One time, my family had rented a cottage by the lake for a week during the summer.  Jane came to visit for a couple of days at my parents' invitation.  Bob dropped her and her kids off and started to drive away.  Jane yelled "Bob, wait!  I don't have any money!"  His response was to stuff a single dollar bill down her bra.  This was the 70's, true, but a buck wouldn't have gone too far for an adult and three children.
  • When they eventually sold their house, Bob took everything out of the house that wasn't nailed down.  Light bulbs and fixtures, you name it.  He tried to remove some of the plumbing but had to give up when it was too difficult.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1121 on: April 29, 2014, 10:26:19 AM »
Reusing dental floss.

I had a date with a guy once who talked about the new re-usable dental floss.  He figured the package he bought would last for years and years.  Walking out of the restaurant, past a CVS, he showed me the packages. 

Nope -- not reusable.  Instead it was those dental floss picks -- they have a little handle to help you reach your back teeth.  I love those things, but I only use them once.
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« Reply #1122 on: April 29, 2014, 10:53:58 AM »
I work for a law firm.

Client is selling something (business, property, I don’t know what) for $Seven Figures, but wants Best Transactional Lawyer to get the purchase agreement done in two hours because he doesn’t want to pay for more than two hours of the lawyer’s time.

Again, Client is selling something for more than $1M, but doesn’t want to pay more than $600 for the agreement to be done correctly.

Lawyer told him that would not be possible.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1123 on: April 29, 2014, 11:04:58 AM »
Reusing dental floss.

I had a date with a guy once who talked about the new re-usable dental floss.  He figured the package he bought would last for years and years.  Walking out of the restaurant, past a CVS, he showed me the packages. 

Nope -- not reusable.  Instead it was those dental floss picks -- they have a little handle to help you reach your back teeth.  I love those things, but I only use them once.
I get the ones with a piece of floss stretched across a plastic frame that you attach to a handle to reach the back teeth. I need something like that, since I have a small mouth and doing it with two hands and a piece of floss is impossible for me. I usually go through 2 or 3 of those every time I floss because the floss breaks before I'm done. Reuse? Are people insane?
Asharah

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« Reply #1124 on: April 29, 2014, 11:12:29 AM »
I hereby nominate my former landlord. He owns two houses, both with multiple apartments, which he's now selling. The problem is, the one I lived in, and my friend is moving out of, I know for a fact is falling apart. And I'm  guessing the other one is as well, since that was his mother's house.

Anyway, his idea of "fixing things" is more along the lines of slapping a band aid on it, rather than fixing the root of the issue. Which is coming back to bite him in the backside, as everyone who's looked at the house has seen what poor shape its in. there are two small apts on the first floor, my friend's 2 BR on the second, and mine, on the third, which reallys isn't legal, and actually, technically is part of the second floor unit.

Landlord is asking top dollar, but you can see the sloping floors, cracks in the wall,s and so on, and after this week, when my friend is gone from the second floor, and ALL her stuff is out, it will be even more noticeable. He also claims he's going to paint, refinish the floors etc. in my friend's old apt, but again, band aids,and when and if anyone signs a contract, once the home inspection is done, all bets are off.

He's also made noises about renting my friend's apt, even though the house is on the market!!!!  since he's losing the rent from my friend. And he doesn't NEED the money. he's just cheap and greedy. Can't wait to see how this all plays out.