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Curious Cat

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #300 on: April 03, 2013, 08:31:01 PM »
I wonder whether the Dresser Queen wrote that one.

What is a dresser queen?

She was a recurring character in a poster's life from a few years ago.

For your reading pleasure: a complete list of the stories (someone else put it together; I just searched and found it for you).

Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

MNdragonlady

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #301 on: April 03, 2013, 08:33:47 PM »
I wonder whether the Dresser Queen wrote that one.

What is a dresser queen?

She was a recurring character in a poster's life from a few years ago.

For your reading pleasure: a complete list of the stories (someone else put it together; I just searched and found it for you).

Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

Glad to help. Just be sure you've set aside a good chunk of time. The stories are pretty amazing, in a can't-stop-watching-the-train-wreck sort of way. :)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #302 on: April 03, 2013, 09:24:08 PM »
A few years ago IHOP had a special where kids got a free pancake. We went and DD got the free pancake (I think it had a smiley face made out of whipped cream), and DH and I got an entree each. So of course this is a way to get families into the restaurant, understandable gimmick.

While we were there a family of parents and 4 kids came in. The kids got the free pancakes, no drink and the adults got nothing. They left after the kids finished eating and didn't leave a tip for their waitress. While they technically didn't do anything wrong, they should have left something for the waitress.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #303 on: April 03, 2013, 09:28:26 PM »
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While they technically didn't do anything wrong, they should have left something for the waitress.
They also could have gotten the kids a small juice or milk to go with the free pancake.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #304 on: April 03, 2013, 09:30:54 PM »
When a ship reaches port officials from Customs and Immigration come aboard.  Often, the clearance is done in a lounge and the visitors are treated to a nice spread of sandwiches and pastries. It never hurts to be nice to people who have to clear you.

  Once the ship is cleared,  the lounge is used as a place for passengers to wait until their debarkation group is called.  On one voyage, the room was opened to passengers before the left over food was removed.  Everybody else just ignored it or nibbled on a danish,but a pair of ladies decided that they would take home the two dozen or so sandwiches that were left. 

We were in the same debarkation group so we saw them get caught and their booty confiscated. 

Customs can be suprising.

Last year I travelled to the USA.  We were entering via Hawaii.  We took ham sandwiches on board the flight from Oz to Hawaii as its a decent length and we weren't sure how much food would be provided. 
Coming into Australian customs, there are large waste bins for disposal of foods which you know you cannot bring into the country.  We assumed there would be somewhere to throw any uneaten sandwiches before going trough customs in Hawaii - we were wrong.

So we get to the desk, and I declare the sandwiches saying "We know we can't have them, we just expectd to be able to throw them away somewhere."  Nope.  Fresh deli ham and salad.  Approved for entry.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #305 on: April 03, 2013, 09:37:38 PM »
I will admit to keeping my house pretty cool in the winter (well, I mean, it's pretty cool all the time, but in a different way), but it's not just because I'm cheap - it's also because I find that between showers, appliances, (cooking and what not) and things in general that tend to generate heat, if the thermostat is set at a "normal" temperature, it actually gets too warm.  Plus, I like to snuggle up with blankets to watch TV, and that's more comfy when the air is cool.

But - that said, I don't freeze my family or friends just to save money!

I too keep my house cool, my bedroom is at 16 C year round, the rest of the house around 18 C.  Friends find it freezing, but darn, menopause is making me sweat just looking at a picture of a sunny field in summer.  I rise the thermostat when I have guests and I have an assortment of afghans to share.

See that's frugal not cheap. My ex's mother refused to pay to run her ducted heating so only heated the room she was in. When she was the only person there, that was fine. But she refused to turn the heating on when she had visitors. So every other room in the house bar the one she was in was freezing and she didn't give a rats if everyone else was cold. Even in the heated room it was cold because she's bundle up in jumpers, blankets and slippers and put the heater right next to her so she was warm but nobody else got any heat. I'd be sitting there in my winter coat and gloves and still be cold. It was warmer outside during the day!

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #306 on: April 03, 2013, 10:12:41 PM »
I wonder whether the Dresser Queen wrote that one.

What is a dresser queen?

She was a recurring character in a poster's life from a few years ago.

For your reading pleasure: a complete list of the stories (someone else put it together; I just searched and found it for you).

Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

Was there ever any final update on the Dresser Queen saga?
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #307 on: April 03, 2013, 10:30:47 PM »
I wonder whether the Dresser Queen wrote that one.

What is a dresser queen?

She was a recurring character in a poster's life from a few years ago.

For your reading pleasure: a complete list of the stories (someone else put it together; I just searched and found it for you).

Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

Was there ever any final update on the Dresser Queen saga?
She moved out a while ago (taking all her dressers with her).  :D

Edited to add a link to the final thread: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=57212.msg1352519#msg1352519
« Last Edit: April 03, 2013, 10:42:32 PM by The Opinionator »
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

MNdragonlady

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #308 on: April 03, 2013, 11:09:35 PM »
I wonder whether the Dresser Queen wrote that one.

What is a dresser queen?

She was a recurring character in a poster's life from a few years ago.

For your reading pleasure: a complete list of the stories (someone else put it together; I just searched and found it for you).

Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

Was there ever any final update on the Dresser Queen saga?
She moved out a while ago (taking all her dressers with her).  :D

Edited to add a link to the final thread: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=57212.msg1352519#msg1352519

Thank you! I couldn't exactly remember the final episode, so I missed it in my search.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #309 on: April 04, 2013, 12:36:32 AM »
Please tell me that she didn't go back to him. 

DH and I have a standing bet when we go to funerals re: whether we will see someone break off of the funeral party we're with and take flowers from the fresh grave to another grave in the cemetery.  They don't want to spend the money on flowers, but they want to "honor" someone they know in the cemetery.

It's happened more than you would think.  (We're weird.  It helps us cope.)


not cheapskate related but ..... *that's* what bothered her?

OK, back to cheapskate stories...

I honestly do not know if she broke up with him.


Another cheapskate story.  I have a relative who does his own dental work.  He is not a dentist.  I'm not going to get any more specific than that because I want to sleep tonight and it freaks me out.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #310 on: April 04, 2013, 04:00:33 AM »

Another cheapskate story.  I have a relative who does his own dental work.  He is not a dentist.  I'm not going to get any more specific than that because I want to sleep tonight and it freaks me out.

That has allegedly been happening here, because it's not easy in some places to get an NHS dentist and private dental treatment is too expensive for a lot of people to afford :(

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #311 on: April 04, 2013, 07:23:01 AM »
My uncle is the notorious family cheapskate.  His house is just about falling down from lack of maintenance.  When a hole wears in the carpet, he throws a remnant over the hole.  Why pay for new carpet?  His best trick, though, is that he buys old, going in the bin ground beef.  He lives in a very small town, and the manager at the grocery store knows that once the ground beef is so old they are pulling it back out of the case, if they toss it in the freezer my uncle will come in and buy it for something like a buck a pound.  Then he makes big batches of chili with it.  He's been doing it for years.  And yes, he does occasionally try to feed it to a guest.  The smell is supposed to be tremendous.

To give him credit, though, he is generous to a fault with his daughter and her children.  He has scrimped and saved his entire life and now she spends his money like it's going out of style.  ("Dad, can I get a ride over with you?  Can we stop at the grocery store on the way home?  Oops, I don't have the money for that.  You're buying?  Good!")  Even my kids see through her shenanigans, but he just won't let his grand kids go without.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #312 on: April 04, 2013, 09:27:39 AM »
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?
Not cheap!  Smart, is more like it.

Cheap is asking everyone else to give you their slivers so you can make your own bar of soap.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #313 on: April 04, 2013, 09:37:16 AM »
A friend of mine had parents who grew up during the Great Depression and were *very* poor.  In the winter, her mother apparently would go from house to house, go to the coal bin, and scoop up the leftover coal dust at the bottom of the coal bin.  She'd then go knock on the door, tell them she'd scraped up this coal dust at the bottom of their bin, and ask if she might have it.  If they said no, she'd hand it to them (well, poured it into whatever container they grabbed), but if they said yes, she'd take it home and the family would use it to get a little heat.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #314 on: April 04, 2013, 09:41:05 AM »
A few years ago IHOP had a special where kids got a free pancake. We went and DD got the free pancake (I think it had a smiley face made out of whipped cream), and DH and I got an entree each. So of course this is a way to get families into the restaurant, understandable gimmick.

While we were there a family of parents and 4 kids came in. The kids got the free pancakes, no drink and the adults got nothing. They left after the kids finished eating and didn't leave a tip for their waitress. While they technically didn't do anything wrong, they should have left something for the waitress.

The cheap coworker I mentioned before goes to those free pancake day at IHOP.  There are typically long lines and she waits about two or more hours.  She never orders anything else or leave a tip either.  I know because she brags about free food.  I feel sorry for the waiters and cooks on those days dealing with cheapskates all day long with little or no tip, while working harder than usual.  I'm sure regular customers avoids those days.
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