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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #465 on: April 08, 2013, 11:05:58 PM »
I used to buy a $15-20 purse at one of the discount stores 3-4 times a year. I then realized these purses weren't made well and I was tired of repairing or discarding them. I now buy one or two well made purses a year for $30-40 and they last. I just change them out if I get bored. Same with shoes, if they aren't made well then they aren't worth a dollar, if you have to keep replacing them.

My current purse is a beautiful, heavy and soft leather item that cost me $120.  My most expensive bag ever...  It's now 3 years old, and that's young for me and my leather bags.  Most of them get used for 10+ years.  I had a nice pair of good leather flats that were $105 new.  I wore them for 12 years.  I resoled them 5 times, and re heeled them another 3 or so on top of that.  I probably spent another $100 over the years, spiffing them up.  But, $200 over 10 years, with no problems caused by ill fitting shoes, breaks down to $20 a year - and I have NEVER had a $20 pair of shoes that fit me or would last more than a few months.  There are quite a few things that are expensive up front, but will pay for themselves many times over in length of use time.

Doc Marten's boots. I used to LIVE in those things, and never managed to wear a pair out. At worst, a pair might be downgraded to use for painting & such where I don't want to wear shoes that I care about getting paint-splattered.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #466 on: April 08, 2013, 11:36:21 PM »
My uncle's family would only flush the toilet if they did a No. 2. You are not allowed to flush for No. 1! They had 7 people living in that house. They only use one of the toilets despite having 3 toilets in their house to save water and cleaning agents. Sometimes by the time it was flushed, the toilet paper was so much that it would not flush down.

The stink from that toilet was so bad that we had to stopped using their toilet when we visit. Even if we had to hold it for an hour. It was truly awful.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #467 on: April 09, 2013, 01:54:29 AM »
My uncle's family would only flush the toilet if they did a No. 2. You are not allowed to flush for No. 1! They had 7 people living in that house. They only use one of the toilets despite having 3 toilets in their house to save water and cleaning agents. Sometimes by the time it was flushed, the toilet paper was so much that it would not flush down.

The stink from that toilet was so bad that we had to stopped using their toilet when we visit. Even if we had to hold it for an hour. It was truly awful.

I once stayed with a friend whose flatmates were saving the world one flush at a time. Fine, except that they didn't close the lid of the toilet OR the bathroom door. The whole house stank of stale No. 1. Extremely unpleasant.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #468 on: April 09, 2013, 03:26:18 AM »
My mother had to lay down the law to Dad a couple of years ago.  She wanted to go into an independent living retirement home, so that she could finally retire!  No cooking, no cleaning, etc.  All the things that a lifelong housewife of her era did.  "But we have to save that money for our old age!" Dad cried. 

"Look.  You are NINETY YEARS OLD. I am EIGHTY-SIX.  All that  money for our old age?  THIS IS IT!"
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we tried to convince my 82 YO father to move into a retirement home. (he is beyond unbelievably stubborn). he is pretty much but not entirely independent but we are concerned that he is living alone, doing a lo t of driving, and lives about 20 minute drive from the city (his town has medical clinics, stores, etc but not the same as in the city). we finally convinced him "just to go and see". when he told his "younger" sister about this (i think she is 80), she said "why do you want to go live there? it's full of old people"... ::) thanks auntie... ::)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #469 on: April 09, 2013, 04:06:34 AM »
I used to buy a $15-20 purse at one of the discount stores 3-4 times a year. I then realized these purses weren't made well and I was tired of repairing or discarding them. I now buy one or two well made purses a year for $30-40 and they last. I just change them out if I get bored. Same with shoes, if they aren't made well then they aren't worth a dollar, if you have to keep replacing them.

My current purse is a beautiful, heavy and soft leather item that cost me $120.  My most expensive bag ever...  It's now 3 years old, and that's young for me and my leather bags.  Most of them get used for 10+ years.  I had a nice pair of good leather flats that were $105 new.  I wore them for 12 years.  I resoled them 5 times, and re heeled them another 3 or so on top of that.  I probably spent another $100 over the years, spiffing them up.  But, $200 over 10 years, with no problems caused by ill fitting shoes, breaks down to $20 a year - and I have NEVER had a $20 pair of shoes that fit me or would last more than a few months.  There are quite a few things that are expensive up front, but will pay for themselves many times over in length of use time.

Doc Marten's boots. I used to LIVE in those things, and never managed to wear a pair out. At worst, a pair might be downgraded to use for painting & such where I don't want to wear shoes that I care about getting paint-splattered.

Oh yeah!  The only time I replaced a pair was because I wanted a different colour, and the time I came off my motorbike wearing them and shredded the tops.  Still didn't go through the leather though - I wore them as bike boots for years!

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #470 on: April 09, 2013, 05:18:27 AM »

Doc Marten's boots. I used to LIVE in those things, and never managed to wear a pair out. At worst, a pair might be downgraded to use for painting & such where I don't want to wear shoes that I care about getting paint-splattered.

Oh yeah!  The only time I replaced a pair was because I wanted a different colour, and the time I came off my motorbike wearing them and shredded the tops.  Still didn't go through the leather though - I wore them as bike boots for years!

I must wear out footwear quickly - I've had 2 pairs of Doc Marten's and wore through the soles (which are not replaceable due to their technology) in 2 years (each pair) of almost everyday wear.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #471 on: April 09, 2013, 07:32:34 AM »

Doc Marten's boots. I used to LIVE in those things, and never managed to wear a pair out. At worst, a pair might be downgraded to use for painting & such where I don't want to wear shoes that I care about getting paint-splattered.

Oh yeah!  The only time I replaced a pair was because I wanted a different colour, and the time I came off my motorbike wearing them and shredded the tops.  Still didn't go through the leather though - I wore them as bike boots for years!

I must wear out footwear quickly - I've had 2 pairs of Doc Marten's and wore through the soles (which are not replaceable due to their technology) in 2 years (each pair) of almost everyday wear.

I have no idea how you can manage that.  I am seriously impressed.  I can wear out a pair of tennis shoes in 3-6 months (fat guy plus being hard on them with disc golf and such).  I had a pair of Doc Martens that I wore 5 days a week for 6 years, and they still aren't worn out.  The soles have lost traction in a couple spots, and they don't look perfect anymore, but not worn out at all.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #472 on: April 09, 2013, 08:34:24 AM »

Doc Marten's boots. I used to LIVE in those things, and never managed to wear a pair out. At worst, a pair might be downgraded to use for painting & such where I don't want to wear shoes that I care about getting paint-splattered.

Oh yeah!  The only time I replaced a pair was because I wanted a different colour, and the time I came off my motorbike wearing them and shredded the tops.  Still didn't go through the leather though - I wore them as bike boots for years!

I must wear out footwear quickly - I've had 2 pairs of Doc Marten's and wore through the soles (which are not replaceable due to their technology) in 2 years (each pair) of almost everyday wear.

I have no idea how you can manage that.  I am seriously impressed.  I can wear out a pair of tennis shoes in 3-6 months (fat guy plus being hard on them with disc golf and such).  I had a pair of Doc Martens that I wore 5 days a week for 6 years, and they still aren't worn out.  The soles have lost traction in a couple spots, and they don't look perfect anymore, but not worn out at all.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #473 on: April 09, 2013, 08:40:16 AM »
They have Thomas bagels and bagel thins at Sam's club, where 2 packages are under $4.

Sweet!! All the more reason to join and I found out it's a very reasonable price to join. $100 for a year. 

The only truly useful coupons I find are ones for glade/air wick plug in oil, toilet paper and paper towels.  Most times I can't find coupons for other stuff I get.  Sometimes I'll get lucky and they'll be offering a coupon for hygeine products when I need them but most of the time the coupons are for junk food and prepackaged meals which I admit I will get now and then but I think I end up using at most 5.  Which generally only saves me about $10 at most.  And don't get me wrong, that $10 is nice and enough that I can treat us to a bottle of cheap hooch, but I am amazed by the people who can whittle a $200 grocery tab to $10.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #474 on: April 09, 2013, 08:44:17 AM »
They have Thomas bagels and bagel thins at Sam's club, where 2 packages are under $4.

Sweet!! All the more reason to join and I found out it's a very reasonable price to join. $100 for a year. 

The only truly useful coupons I find are ones for glade/air wick plug in oil, toilet paper and paper towels.  Most times I can't find coupons for other stuff I get.  Sometimes I'll get lucky and they'll be offering a coupon for hygeine products when I need them but most of the time the coupons are for junk food and prepackaged meals which I admit I will get now and then but I think I end up using at most 5.  Which generally only saves me about $10 at most.  And don't get me wrong, that $10 is nice and enough that I can treat us to a bottle of cheap hooch, but I am amazed by the people who can whittle a $200 grocery tab to $10.

Hijack: Wait...what? I've paid $35 a year since 1997 or so. If I let my membership lapse, will it go up to around that?

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #475 on: April 09, 2013, 08:49:16 AM »
They have Thomas bagels and bagel thins at Sam's club, where 2 packages are under $4.

Sweet!! All the more reason to join and I found out it's a very reasonable price to join. $100 for a year. 

The only truly useful coupons I find are ones for glade/air wick plug in oil, toilet paper and paper towels.  Most times I can't find coupons for other stuff I get.  Sometimes I'll get lucky and they'll be offering a coupon for hygeine products when I need them but most of the time the coupons are for junk food and prepackaged meals which I admit I will get now and then but I think I end up using at most 5.  Which generally only saves me about $10 at most.  And don't get me wrong, that $10 is nice and enough that I can treat us to a bottle of cheap hooch, but I am amazed by the people who can whittle a $200 grocery tab to $10.

Hijack: Wait...what? I've paid $35 a year since 1997 or so. If I let my membership lapse, will it go up to around that?
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #476 on: April 09, 2013, 08:49:37 AM »
I don't know.  I've never had a membership with them before. Maybe it's a locational thing?  I'm in the Midatlantic and even in this lower income area, I've found things are still pricier here than where my friend lives in the Midwest.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #477 on: April 09, 2013, 08:51:54 AM »
Right out of college i decided I wanted a pair of leather hightop Pony sneakers - don't know why, since I've never been particularly active and certainly never played a sport requiring good shoes.  I paid I think $65 for them - a ton in 1985 - and wore them for about 5 years, at which point I was sick to death of them.  They were heavy and clunky, although pretty comfortable, and they would not show any wear at all to justify ditching them.  I finally took them to Goodwill, and have no doubt that somewhere in the universe those darn shoes are still in existence.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #478 on: April 09, 2013, 08:57:02 AM »
Black Delphinium: No, my husband and I simply purchased one as 'Business Members' as we owned our own business, which we 'proved' by simply telling them that. :o The only benefit to 'Business Membership' that I could see is that we get to walk in the store earlier.

Every late September, I'm reminded at the checkout that my membership is expiring in October and do I want to renew and I always do. It's been $35/year for as long as I can remember.

Used to be a member of Costco & BJ's when I lived in SW FL and I seem to remember the membership fees being comparable but this was in 2004 & 2005.

Piratelvr1121: I would guess it would have to be regional. I've never lived in such of large collective of tight-fisted peoples and they would squawk bloody murder at $100/year. :)

ETA: Ah I just googled it and saw that Advantage Plus or Business Plus is $100/year. Advantage is $40 an Business is $35. For some reason I can't login to Sam's Club's website so I can't see what the differences are.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #479 on: April 09, 2013, 09:29:10 AM »
Black Delphinium: No, my husband and I simply purchased one as 'Business Members' as we owned our own business, which we 'proved' by simply telling them that. :o The only benefit to 'Business Membership' that I could see is that we get to walk in the store earlier.

Every late September, I'm reminded at the checkout that my membership is expiring in October and do I want to renew and I always do. It's been $35/year for as long as I can remember.

Used to be a member of Costco & BJ's when I lived in SW FL and I seem to remember the membership fees being comparable but this was in 2004 & 2005.

Piratelvr1121: I would guess it would have to be regional. I've never lived in such of large collective of tight-fisted peoples and they would squawk bloody murder at $100/year. :)

ETA: Ah I just googled it and saw that Advantage Plus or Business Plus is $100/year. Advantage is $40 an Business is $35. For some reason I can't login to Sam's Club's website so I can't see what the differences are.

I just logged in. The Business membership is $35 for a primary + one secondary, and you can buy up to 8 more for addional unmentioned fees. It says nothing about having a business!

We would have a card, but our closest stores are nearly 2 hours away, so we go about 3 times a year as our son's guests. We probably save enough in one visit to on Advil and glucosimine to pay for the card, not to mention the paper goods and electronic supplies. We used to save a lot in one visit a month when we lived in City to be well worth.

They only take cash and Discover cards (as of last fall, anyway), and maybe checks - I don't know about that.
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