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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #480 on: April 09, 2013, 09:45:11 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.

My DH had club feet when he was born. He had corrective surgery, but his feet still aren't shaped right. He goes through shoes FAST.. the soles wear unevenly so if he tries to make them last too long, he's walking at an angle and gets bad back pain. He likes Doc Martens but if he wears them daily he'll go through the soles in about six months.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #481 on: April 09, 2013, 09:46:08 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.

May I ask where you found your good leather flats? I've never found a pricey pair of flats that felt much better than cheap flats, but perhaps I've been looking in the wrong places.
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« Reply #482 on: April 09, 2013, 12:17:42 PM »
I bought flats by Rieker, and have had several strangers come up to me and tell me how much they liked them!  ;D
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #483 on: April 09, 2013, 01:07:32 PM »
Oh, and the horseradish that was near the hotdogs, that was also where the refrigerated pickles were, too.  So I think they just didn't have the pink one.  My mom tried to suggest that I get some beets and follow some recipe... I have 4 kids under 7, not happening.  White horseradish will do.  :)

You are most wise, MommyPenguin.  My family always loved pickled horseradish, and I still do.  So one year Mom decided to add horseradish to the giant vegetable garden she put in to make her own.  Come late August, we go and pull the horseradish - they look like giant brown carrots, 1-2ft long.  Take them in, clean them and start peeling.

The house emptied instantly of all but Mom and unlucky me, who was helping and so couldn't leave.  The fumes from those roots will make your eyes water, your nose run, and the smell is horrendous.

We did have a pantry shelf full of lovely pickled horseradish when we were done, but once it was gone we went back to buying it at the grocery store. 

Mom is wonderfully frugal and made almost everything from scratch because it was much cheaper when you've got a big family to feed, but she could go too far sometimes.  That was one of those times.  I can still taste the fumes in the back of my throat when I remember it, and that was almost 30 years ago!

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #484 on: April 09, 2013, 01:33:28 PM »

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.

Color me impressed, too - I wore my first pair daily for 5+ years. Wore off the tread in a few key spots, but not all over, and not through the whole sole.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #485 on: April 09, 2013, 02:01:53 PM »

I just logged in. The Business membership is $35 for a primary + on 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.

They take debit cards and checks, I have used visa and master card as well.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #486 on: April 09, 2013, 02:03:18 PM »
Oh, and the horseradish that was near the hotdogs, that was also where the refrigerated pickles were, too.  So I think they just didn't have the pink one.  My mom tried to suggest that I get some beets and follow some recipe... I have 4 kids under 7, not happening.  White horseradish will do.  :)

You are most wise, MommyPenguin.  My family always loved pickled horseradish, and I still do.  So one year Mom decided to add horseradish to the giant vegetable garden she put in to make her own.  Come late August, we go and pull the horseradish - they look like giant brown carrots, 1-2ft long.  Take them in, clean them and start peeling.

The house emptied instantly of all but Mom and unlucky me, who was helping and so couldn't leave.  The fumes from those roots will make your eyes water, your nose run, and the smell is horrendous.

We did have a pantry shelf full of lovely pickled horseradish when we were done, but once it was gone we went back to buying it at the grocery store. 

Mom is wonderfully frugal and made almost everything from scratch because it was much cheaper when you've got a big family to feed, but she could go too far sometimes.  That was one of those times.  I can still taste the fumes in the back of my throat when I remember it, and that was almost 30 years ago!

Ha!  Yeah, I don't love horseradish *that* much.  Just for Passover, mostly.  We're planning to do a vegetable garden in our new house, but I think we'll stick to carrots and peas and cucumbers and the like.  :)
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« Reply #487 on: April 09, 2013, 02:10:51 PM »
>snip<

Yes - my bras and panties started lasting a lot longer once I started washing the bras in a bag (albeit in the machine) and hanging all the lingerie to dry, about 10 years ago.  Apparently most European women would be aghast at the idea of machine-washing any of their lingerie.

UK here,  i chuck my lingerie in the washing machine on a 30degC wash and drip dry,



when my dh and i were living in our old house, he rarely drank tea, whereas i can guzzle it by the gallon, so i would reuse teabags, but i had two normal teas and 1 with 2 teabags to get the most i could from it.  really did save us money.

we also have a costco membership and i make a list from our normal supermarkets online shopping website and when we go round, if it isn't cheaper we don't get it,  except for meat, costco meat is always fab.

We have within walking distance: Aldi, Lidl x 2, Tesco, Sainsbury x 2, Waitrose x 2, Marks & Spencer and a few smaller speciality stores such as bakers, butchers, polish deli's,    and i adore the Chorizo from lidl,  can make so many different meals from it.

ok, looking at that we are definitely spoilt for choice. 
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #488 on: April 09, 2013, 02:19:52 PM »

I just logged in. The Business membership is $35 for a primary + on 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.

They take debit cards and checks, I have used visa and master card as well.

For many years the only credit card Sam's would take was Discover, but they'd always take checks. About 2-3 years ago the local Sam's here started taking MasterCard. I'd assume they take debit though I don't have a debit card.

Now Sam's has it's own credit card and that's the one I use for Sam's when I need to charge something. It's 'built-in' to my membership card.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #489 on: April 09, 2013, 03:27:38 PM »

I just logged in. The Business membership is $35 for a primary + on 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.

They take debit cards and checks, I have used visa and master card as well.

For many years the only credit card Sam's would take was Discover, but they'd always take checks. About 2-3 years ago the local Sam's here started taking MasterCard. I'd assume they take debit though I don't have a debit card.

Now Sam's has it's own credit card and that's the one I use for Sam's when I need to charge something. It's 'built-in' to my membership card.
They also have a Sam's Club Discover Card, which is also 'built-in' to your membership card.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #490 on: April 09, 2013, 04:35:20 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies as cheapskate but I thought it was tacky.

My dad went into the hospital for cancer treatment and expected to be there for awhile. He put his (non-live-in) GF on his checking account so she could take care of his bills while he was in hospital.

He passed away after a very short time. My uncle, who was the executor of the estate, asked her for the money so he could at least get the funeral expenses paid. Nope, she was keeping it. He had to front the funeral money himself until the estate was settled.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #491 on: April 09, 2013, 04:44:23 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies as cheapskate but I thought it was tacky.

My dad went into the hospital for cancer treatment and expected to be there for awhile. He put his (non-live-in) GF on his checking account so she could take care of his bills while he was in hospital.

He passed away after a very short time. My uncle, who was the executor of the estate, asked her for the money so he could at least get the funeral expenses paid. Nope, she was keeping it. He had to front the funeral money himself until the estate was settled.

Not just tacky, but illegal.  Hope the executor goes after her.

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« Reply #492 on: April 09, 2013, 05:02:09 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies as cheapskate but I thought it was tacky.

My dad went into the hospital for cancer treatment and expected to be there for awhile. He put his (non-live-in) GF on his checking account so she could take care of his bills while he was in hospital.

He passed away after a very short time. My uncle, who was the executor of the estate, asked her for the money so he could at least get the funeral expenses paid. Nope, she was keeping it. He had to front the funeral money himself until the estate was settled.

Not cheapstake, more like criminal or abuse of the situation...
I guess they didn't write anything down (who would think you need to with a relative or SO), so uncle can't prove she was only allowed to take care of his bills, not hers.

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« Reply #493 on: April 10, 2013, 12:22:00 PM »

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 managed it by gripping so much with my toes when I walk, that I popped the soles, from the inside. Very disappointing.

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« Reply #494 on: April 10, 2013, 05:48:28 PM »
I've lost a significant amount of weight since Christmas.   At a recent gathering, a friend, Rachelle, very graciously paid me a compliment and asked what I'd been doing different. I replied, WW and I just started with a personal trainer through my gym to "tone up" now that I've shed the dense protective layer of fluff.  This apparently, was a huge mistake.  Someone else at the party, Tony, foghorned across the room that using a trainer was WASTEFUL and if I wasn't so lazy and uninformed I could do the exercises on my own and save the trainer's fees.  He suggested that I just follow the trainer around while he works with another woman of my size, watch what exercises she does and copy her.

Cue this expression from me:  :o

There's a couple of things wrong with this:

1) It's a theft of the trainer's time and techniques.

2) What are the odds that the trainer would be working with a woman of my (far above average) height and build during the times I go to the gym?

3) The exercises the trainer would be doing with the other woman might not be the best exercises for me.  For all I know, the other woman might have a major injury she's recovering from.

4) Part of the reason I want to use a trainer is that I need someone to correct my form and make sure I'm not under/over-doing it.  I don't want to hurt myself.  Using the Peeping Tom method of trainer stalking would not accomplish this.

5) Following another person around the gym, copying them, is a little creepy.

I immediately thought of this thread and simply smiled at him, saying, "That's an interesting thought."

DH, however, has never been to ehell, and wanting to defend his wife, told Tony, "Weeble's doing great.  I'm really proud of how much progress she's made and if she wants to devote money to learning which exercises will work best for her goals, I'm all for it."

Tony grumbled that it must be nice to have "money to waste."