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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #345 on: April 05, 2013, 11:50:48 AM »
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I haven't used bar soap since my college microbiology class had us culture used bars of soap.

Is there any way to make sure you get "clean" soap if you do use the bars? I am wondering if agitating the bar in your hands for a given amount of time (30 seconds?) helps to "cleanse" it so you can wash your hands with a clean bar?

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #346 on: April 05, 2013, 12:07:12 PM »
My first job was in a grocery store. One night, very late, a couple came in and slowly went through a freezer full of concentrated frozen fruit juices. They managed to find some that had a little concentrate on the outside, either they had leaked or been leaked on.  They took the cans to be marked down at customer service, then came to pay. The rest of their items were reduced and/or couponed. My coworkers and I were glad they came when it was late and quiet so noone had to wait behind them in line.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #347 on: April 05, 2013, 12:56:48 PM »
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I'd give him a buck to stop, then tell him off and never see him again.

Actually, the guy asked her to provide two bucks, and then he'd stop.  :o  She was smart, thoguh - she said "How am I going to kiss you if you don't stop?", so - thinking he was about to get a little somethin'-something' - he stopped the car.  Whereupon she jumped out. 

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« Reply #348 on: April 05, 2013, 12:58:35 PM »
I've never thought the soy sauce that comes from the little packets was any good.  I don't even use it when I'm eating the Chinese food from that restaurant; I pull out my bottle of Kikkoman!  :)  We do, however, get lots of Arby's sauce and save any extra for the next time, because the stores vary on how much they'll give you when you ask for "lots," and my husband likes to use something like 11 packets per sandwich!

Exactly!  The little packets of 'soy sauce' from the chinese restaurant are just salty colored water.  I just throw them away and get out my bottle of 'real brewed soy sauce' and use that.   It's much better.

Back to reading...I'm almost done!.

The ones we get are Kikkoman so I'm perfectly happy with them. I wish they had wasabi in those little packets, I'd keep them. I love wasabi on fries.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #349 on: April 05, 2013, 01:25:54 PM »
I've never thought the soy sauce that comes from the little packets was any good.  I don't even use it when I'm eating the Chinese food from that restaurant; I pull out my bottle of Kikkoman!  :)  We do, however, get lots of Arby's sauce and save any extra for the next time, because the stores vary on how much they'll give you when you ask for "lots," and my husband likes to use something like 11 packets per sandwich!

Exactly!  The little packets of 'soy sauce' from the chinese restaurant are just salty colored water.  I just throw them away and get out my bottle of 'real brewed soy sauce' and use that.   It's much better.

Back to reading...I'm almost done!.

The ones we get are Kikkoman so I'm perfectly happy with them. I wish they had wasabi in those little packets, I'd keep them. I love wasabi on fries.

The packets are Kikkoman?  Lucky you!  All I've ever seen in packets is generic salty colored water.  (read the ingredients).  If they gave out Kikkoman, i'd keep it!
I have a squeeze bottle of wasabi in my fridge.   ;D

Lucky you! I've seen a couple different kinds, but they boil down to horseradish "sauce" with natural colerant.  The kind served at my sushi place is the common american horseradish/mustard paste, but they occassionally get the real root in and prepare it right before serving. It is GOOD! it tastes different and will cure any sinus issues immediately.  I wish I could grow real wasabi root, but it's too hot and dry where I live for it to grow outside and I can't afford a hydroponic setup. And yes, I try to grow all sorts of weird stuff.  I tried to grow a corpse flower, but it died at about three inches.  When I told DH what it was, he looked and me like this  :o and this  ??? and asked me "why".  Why not?

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #350 on: April 05, 2013, 02:03:39 PM »
DH loves horseradish, wasabi, spicy mustard, etc. and was complaining that we were out and have been out for ages.  I never touch the stuff so I didn't realize - we had my generic yellow mustard and I like that just fine thankyouverymuch  :P  I've been vaguely keeping an eye out for it at the grocery store, but they don't stock any spicy mustard near the ketchup and regular mustard, so I kept forgetting about it.

Last week, though, I finally asked an employee to show me.  Turns out it's all in the ethnic foods section (WHY?) - even the brands that aren't terribly ethnic.  Coincidentially, the German section is right next to the Asian section.

I came home with eight different brands/types of condiments in the mustard/horseradish/wasabi family.  DH can be picky about his spicy mustard, so he doesn't get to complain anymore - this should last us for at least a few weeks  :P  I just went to the fridge and added it up - 34.5 ounces, so just over two pounds of spiciness I won't eat taking up space on the fridge door  ;D

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« Reply #351 on: April 05, 2013, 02:13:29 PM »
For many years, MIL did something that wasn't cheap.  She would wash bags from Wonder Bread and use them to pack lunches.

That was thrifty but it was also dangerous because certain colors used on the bags contained lead.  It was perfectly safe on the original loaf of bread.  However, once the wrapper was washed, turned inside-out, dried and used over and over, bits of lead could begin to leach into the food.  It took a long time to convince her that buying a box of sandwich bags was a healthier choice. 

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #352 on: April 05, 2013, 02:14:06 PM »
We have at least 8 varieties of mustard in our refrigerator at all times.  8)
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #353 on: April 05, 2013, 02:16:51 PM »
DH loves horseradish, wasabi, spicy mustard, etc. and was complaining that we were out and have been out for ages.  I never touch the stuff so I didn't realize - we had my generic yellow mustard and I like that just fine thankyouverymuch  :P  I've been vaguely keeping an eye out for it at the grocery store, but they don't stock any spicy mustard near the ketchup and regular mustard, so I kept forgetting about it.

Last week, though, I finally asked an employee to show me.  Turns out it's all in the ethnic foods section (WHY?) - even the brands that aren't terribly ethnic.  Coincidentially, the German section is right next to the Asian section.

I had to get horseradish the other day for Passover.  I wandered the store, completely lost as to where it would be, then finally I called my mom (late at night, so it wasn't as easy to find an employee as usual).  Turns out that horseradish is with the hotdogs!  Who woulda thunk?  Well, maybe all of you smart eHellions, but not me.  I was very disappointed to discover that it wasn't pink.  We always used to get the pink one that is colored with beet juice, but apparently this store only carried plain white.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #354 on: April 05, 2013, 02:19:11 PM »
I used to have a friend who didn't like to pay the cost of making phone calls from her home phone (land line), so if she called you, she would immediately make an excuse like "The line is full of static on my end, can you try calling me back?" Then you would call her, and she'd be happy to talk for an hour, now that you were footing the cost of the call.

Years ago, I worked in an office where the manager was incredibly cheap (and he was pretty well-off having made very good money in his field).  That manager then transferred from our office to another office in the same county but different area code (so any calls from our area to that area would be toll calls).  I remember answering the phone in our office once, and it was his daughter.  She immediately asked to be transferred to the office where her father was working so I transferred her (not thinking anything of it).  She called again a few minutes later and immediately asked me to transfer her again.  That was when I realized that she was calling from their home (which was in our area code) and calling our office to be transferred so their phone bill wouldn't reflect the toll charge (it would be billed to the company).  I thought that little trick our old manager taught his daughter was really rather beyond cheap.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #355 on: April 05, 2013, 02:42:53 PM »
DH loves horseradish, wasabi, spicy mustard, etc. and was complaining that we were out and have been out for ages.  I never touch the stuff so I didn't realize - we had my generic yellow mustard and I like that just fine thankyouverymuch  :P  I've been vaguely keeping an eye out for it at the grocery store, but they don't stock any spicy mustard near the ketchup and regular mustard, so I kept forgetting about it.

Last week, though, I finally asked an employee to show me.  Turns out it's all in the ethnic foods section (WHY?) - even the brands that aren't terribly ethnic.  Coincidentially, the German section is right next to the Asian section.

I had to get horseradish the other day for Passover.  I wandered the store, completely lost as to where it would be, then finally I called my mom (late at night, so it wasn't as easy to find an employee as usual).  Turns out that horseradish is with the hotdogs!  Who woulda thunk?  Well, maybe all of you smart eHellions, but not me.  I was very disappointed to discover that it wasn't pink.  We always used to get the pink one that is colored with beet juice, but apparently this store only carried plain white.

Horseradish is also in the refrigerated section, near the pickles. I have seen the pink version there.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #356 on: April 05, 2013, 03:07:58 PM »
- Lying about my age so I could get freebies.  Worse one was lying about my species: in order to avoid paying my ticket on a ferry, she wrapped me in a blanket, told me to curl up on the seat and shut up.  She told the ticket taker I was a dog.

OK...I realize this has been quoted and commented on before, but daaaaaang:D

/ Now back to catching up on this thread.
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Amara

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #357 on: April 05, 2013, 06:21:02 PM »
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For many years, MIL did something that wasn't cheap.  She would wash bags from Wonder Bread and use them to pack lunches.

That was thrifty but it was also dangerous because certain colors used on the bags contained lead.  It was perfectly safe on the original loaf of bread.  However, once the wrapper was washed, turned inside-out, dried and used over and over, bits of lead could begin to leach into the food.  It took a long time to convince her that buying a box of sandwich bags was a healthier choice.

Okay, now this I have never understood. Why turn the bag inside out? Why even wash it? It was fine the way it was for holding the food so why not just shake it out and re-use it with the sandwich on the inside?

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« Reply #358 on: April 05, 2013, 06:44:24 PM »
I've never thought the soy sauce that comes from the little packets was any good.  I don't even use it when I'm eating the Chinese food from that restaurant; I pull out my bottle of Kikkoman!  :)  We do, however, get lots of Arby's sauce and save any extra for the next time, because the stores vary on how much they'll give you when you ask for "lots," and my husband likes to use something like 11 packets per sandwich!

Exactly!  The little packets of 'soy sauce' from the chinese restaurant are just salty colored water.  I just throw them away and get out my bottle of 'real brewed soy sauce' and use that.   It's much better.

Back to reading...I'm almost done!.

The ones we get are Kikkoman so I'm perfectly happy with them. I wish they had wasabi in those little packets, I'd keep them. I love wasabi on fries.

Wasabi on fries actually sounds good.

MommyPenguin, your DH sounds like a man after my own heart.  The only proper way to eat a Arby's RB sandwich is to open the sandwich, put 3 packets on the top bun, 3 on the bottom, and 3 on the meat, then add more as needed.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #359 on: April 05, 2013, 08:30:59 PM »
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The only proper way to eat a Arby's RB sandwich is to open the sandwich, put 3 packets on the top bun, 3 on the bottom, and 3 on the meat, then add more as needed.

And never wear a blouse you really love while doing this.   :(