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reflection5

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #150 on: April 01, 2013, 03:31:52 PM »
Am I the only one who has gotten very little done today because of this addictive thread?  :( >:( ;D  The stories are so good. I've created a monster!  >:D

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« Reply #151 on: April 01, 2013, 03:43:17 PM »
I like the dispenser bottles - I hate running out of either conditioner or body wash in the shower!  But I don't like the scent of the stuff in the gym shower - so I take my own body wash that doubles as hair shampoo.

I use the thin slivers of soap to mark fabrics that I am sewing - the soap washes out quickly when I run the garment through a rinse cycle or dab it with a very wet washcloth (depends on the size of the marks and the color of the fabric).

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« Reply #152 on: April 01, 2013, 03:44:30 PM »
Diswashing liquid reminds me of a guy who use it as shampoo.  It works pretty well, so for the cost of one bottle (about $1), it does two jobs.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #153 on: April 01, 2013, 03:49:35 PM »
When a bar of soap is too small to use, I wet both the old and the new soaps and stick them together to avoid throwing away the sliver of soap. I grew up thinking everyone did this. Please let me know if you think this is cheap?

I grew up thinking everyone did this too.  I was shocked that my husband would throw away the small slivers.  I promptly broke him of that habit.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #154 on: April 01, 2013, 03:50:30 PM »


My other aunt thinks dish detergent is too expensive (and not hygienic because she lets her dogs eat off the plates) so she washes her dishes with bleach. Unfortunately the bleach water that splashes onto her shirt ends up eating the shirts, so she has many, many shirts with holes worn in the lower abdomen area. She still wears them though, and won't let my mom toss them because they're "fine." She also reuses paper towels until they disintegrate.

Wasn't there a story here about a woman whose mother refused to put detergent in the dishwasher, so the plates just got "rinsed."  The first time the poster's husband ate at the in-laws house, he got sick as a dog from the leftover residue/germs on the plates?

My husband's great grandparents never washed a dish or pot. When he would go to visit, he would pre-wash everything he used.
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« Reply #155 on: April 01, 2013, 03:55:03 PM »
No, no. Never, Wolfie.

I meant that running out to wash the car in the rain is not taking advantage of good manners but of nature. Taking advantage of the rain to wash the car.

Oh thank god I misunderstood you! I think I misread the quote tree.

I am wondering though - is there dirt and stuff in rain? So would you need to clean the car again afterwards? I hardly ever wash mine as it is.

If you wash your car in the rain 1) the continued rain will keep the finish wet, so that when it stops, the finish will spot - thereby negating the washing you did and 2) if you do it in a rainstorm, you are adding surfactants (the stuff that breaks the surface tension of water, making it soak into your clothes/dirt/etc. better) to the ground at a time that there's a lot of water being added, making it more likely that the rain will soak down into the earth around you, making mud worse. It's not just cheap, but can be foolish (and you'd go through an awful lot of soap, since your rags would be constantly being rinsed out).

Now, if you want to go DANCE in the rain, that's a whole other thing. Nothing cheap about that - just good, free fun!

I haven't washed my car in over 6 years. I just don't see the point.

So,if I went out and washed my car in the rain, even with water spots, it would still look so much better than it does now.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #156 on: April 01, 2013, 03:55:17 PM »
Am I the only one who has gotten very little done today because of this addictive thread?  :( >:( ;D  The stories are so good. I've created a monster!  >:D

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« Reply #157 on: April 01, 2013, 03:57:00 PM »
I thought she meant going out into the rain to wash the car.  I agree with her.  Well, as long as there's no lightning!   :-\

Washing the car in the pouring rain -- frugal, if not reliably efficient

Taking off your clothes to wash the car and yourself at the same time -- cheapskate, especially if the neighbors aren't happy with the view.   ;)

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« Reply #158 on: April 01, 2013, 03:58:11 PM »
My friend's dad, though a really nice guy, was very frugal and occasionally veered into being a cheapskate. The funniest story was when he reused the envelope that his electricity bill had come in, to send a check to his ex (friend's mom). He had re-addressed it to his ex, but it ended up going back to the electric company (return address or barcode or whatever). Fortunately it was a small town and they were able to figure it out, and got a big chuckle out of it. ;)

My co-worker Grace is also very cheap about certain things. She is always getting after people for throwing something away at work that she would have reused, and has been known to pick containers and even food out of the garbage. :X She scrapes the mold off her bread and eats it anyway--I almost lost my lunch when I saw her doing that (at work!). She'll save small amounts of the leftover coffee in a jar in the fridge--this is either "fresh" coffee that was just in the pot, or coffee from her own mug that she just didn't get around to drinking--then heat it up in the microwave days later and drink it. She is also a champion of scraping every last molecule of food out of a container and then reusing the container--she has one plastic butter tub she brings to work that she says is twenty years old. She rinses/washes plastic spoons and uses them again--fortunately she puts them in a little cup off to the side in the break room for her own use, not in the main cup of utensils, so the rest of us can avoid them if we want. Note that some of those things don't affect other people, at least.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #159 on: April 01, 2013, 04:08:54 PM »
My friend's dad, though a really nice guy, was very frugal and occasionally veered into being a cheapskate. The funniest story was when he reused the envelope that his electricity bill had come in, to send a check to his ex (friend's mom). He had re-addressed it to his ex, but it ended up going back to the electric company (return address or barcode or whatever). Fortunately it was a small town and they were able to figure it out, and got a big chuckle out of it. ;)

My co-worker Grace is also very cheap about certain things. She is always getting after people for throwing something away at work that she would have reused, and has been known to pick containers and even food out of the garbage. :X She scrapes the mold off her bread and eats it anyway--I almost lost my lunch when I saw her doing that (at work!). She'll save small amounts of the leftover coffee in a jar in the fridge--this is either "fresh" coffee that was just in the pot, or coffee from her own mug that she just didn't get around to drinking--then heat it up in the microwave days later and drink it. She is also a champion of scraping every last molecule of food out of a container and then reusing the container--she has one plastic butter tub she brings to work that she says is twenty years old. She rinses/washes plastic spoons and uses them again--fortunately she puts them in a little cup off to the side in the break room for her own use, not in the main cup of utensils, so the rest of us can avoid them if we want. Note that some of those things don't affect other people, at least.

Okay, I hereby confess to washing plastic spoons and forks, at least the ones that I personally use.  I run them through the dishwasher, and reserve them for eating lunches and snacks at work.  Like the plastic Chinese containers, they go through the dishwasher remarkably well, and if they get lost, grungy, or damaged, there's plenty more where they came from.

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« Reply #160 on: April 01, 2013, 04:13:33 PM »
Oh, AND... my friend's husband is kind of cheap. A great guy overall, but he doesn't always see the value in spending more upfront to get something that lasts longer, and he can "get by" with less stuff/more inconvenience than my friend, so sometimes they clash about stuff. I remember when he was single and could survive on just 2-liters of soda and loaves of white bread from the cheapest grocery store. Also he would take cold showers, with something in the pipe leaking and spraying him at a weird spot, rather than pay to have the plumbing fixed. And when he worked the night shift, he would rather sleep on a cot in his closet, than pay for curtains to put over his bedroom windows to block out the daylight.

More recently, his wife was discussing buying a new carseat for their child, who had outgrown his first one. The model she wanted was a bit expensive and she wanted to get two, one for each of their cars. At first he suggested only having one, in her car; and she said that would be really inconvenient, because that meant she would always have to be the one to pick up the child, or they would have to do an awkward vehicle swap. Then he suggested getting the expensive one for her car, and a "cheap" carseat for his car. Oh, boy. That works for so many things, but not carseats.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #161 on: April 01, 2013, 04:19:08 PM »
Am I the only one who has gotten very little done today because of this addictive thread?  :( >:( ;D  The stories are so good. I've created a monster!  >:D

Don't you just love when that happens?   8)  I read the first eight pages over the phone to a friend who found these stories appalling (but was amused in a disgusted way if that's possible).

A certain ex boyfriend whom I've mentioned before once invited me, a mutual friend, and another couple to dinner at his apartment.  His behavior was so abominable I never wanted to speak to him again but fortunately I don't run into him often.

We were told he was going to make a shrimp and pasta dish.  As usual, the two guys footed most of the alcohol bill (one fronted the case of beer, the other two bottles of wine and assorted chips and stuff.)  I brought a bottle of red wine, raw veggies, a bag of chips, a tub of guacamole, and a cold bottle of Green Goddess dressing because this is what I do.  He greeted us, thanked me for the stuff, and plated and served it immediately. 

Somehow during the four hours we were there he neglected to make dinner.  There were numerous other etiquette violations during the evening; the entire description is here:  http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=58660.0 .

This guy was a serious cheapskate during our relationship.  I have often wondered whether he issued the invitation and somehow decided he could avoid serving dinner.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #162 on: April 01, 2013, 04:35:01 PM »
Heartmug, that is ... beyond weird. At least it sounds like you can laugh at it.


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running out in a rainstorm with a bucket and a bar of soap to wash the car - cheap.

Cheap is mean spirited, taking advantage, using most people's good manners to get away with something outrageous because you know that no one will challenge you.

I disagree and would call this smart--and fun! It's not mean-spirited, it's just taking advantage of a good thing.

I am sorry, I don't think I understand what you mean. You think that using someone's good manners against them is smart and fun? I can assure you might be able to get away with it the first time, but you won't be welcome in my life to try it a second time.

I think she meant washing the car in the rain would be fun, not the second part.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #163 on: April 01, 2013, 04:40:43 PM »
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My co-worker Grace is also very cheap about certain things. She is always getting after people for throwing something away at work that she would have reused, and has been known to pick containers and even food out of the garbage. :X She scrapes the mold off her bread and eats it anyway--I almost lost my lunch when I saw her doing that (at work!).

 :o  Oh, noooooo.

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« Reply #164 on: April 01, 2013, 04:46:11 PM »
I may have told this story before, but it fits this thread so well.

My mother, bless her heart, was a cheapskate.  She got this way honestly, starting as a middle kid in a large family, on a tiny Appalachian farm during the Depression.  Add in a spendthrift first husband, and small children, in an era where the good-paying jobs went to men, and one understands how she got into the habit.  Doubtless, there was a time when a Styrofoam meat tray would have indeed been a much valued item. 

Unfortunately, she could never stop saving every penny.  One winter will go down in infamy as the Winter of the Kerosene Stove.    Using a long stick, my mother had measured the level in the fuel oil tank and it was too low.  Convinced that it had sprung a leak, and would have to be replaced, she turned off the boiler completely, and put a portable kerosene stove in the living room.  Yes, boys and girls, she was going to heat an entire 1100 square foot house through a mid-Atlantic winter with one kerosene stove.  Did I mention that the hot water for the house was heated by the same boiler?  No boiler, no hot water.  Just a big stock pot on top of the portable stove.  Ventilation wasn't a problem because the steel casement windows leaked like sieves, but the bedrooms got ice on the windows and mildew on the walls. 

Then a baseboard pipe froze and burst.  Time to give up on this experiment, right?  Nope.  Mother turned the water off.  It was turned on once a day to fill the bathtub and buckets, then turned off.  No indication whatsoever that she would ever get this fixed.  (Up until this point, I had been living there.  No rent was cheap enough to put up with this nonsense, so I temporarily moved in with a sympathetic friend.)   I swear, the only reason the pipe was fixed was that my sister was dating a plumber.

The situation continued at least a month more, when the oil supply company called and asked why the tank was still full.  That's right, boys and girls, the tank never had a leak; Mother had mis-measured.  In fact, it still didn't have a leak when I replaced it 15 years later.   ::)