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VorFemme

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #765 on: May 15, 2013, 03:17:04 PM »
Remember, there was also the Montgomery Wards catalog, corn husks, dry leaves, or any newspapers that had already been read (if you could get your hands on a newspaper - early 1920s on, probably - before that whatever you didn't MIND throwing away or boiling clean to use again).  I can't remember if J C Penney used to have a catalog or not - Mom & Dad shopped Wards & Sears.

And there were at least two catalogs a year - sometimes more. 
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« Reply #766 on: May 15, 2013, 03:43:07 PM »
Penney's catalog lasted longer than Sears' or Montgomery Ward's.  In fact, it lasted longer than Wards' brick-and-mortor stores.  I don't know when Penney's started their catalog, though.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #767 on: May 15, 2013, 06:41:35 PM »
A quote I read in an article about plumbing in the "good old days", the person was composing a letter; "I am seated in the necessity house [i.e. outhouse]. I have your letter before me. Soon it will be behind me." ;)
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« Reply #768 on: May 15, 2013, 06:48:47 PM »
I remember an episode of "In The Heat Of The Night" when a reporter wrote a nasty article about Chief Gillespie and he talked about when you would read the paper than tear it into strips for the outhouse. He implied that this newspaper was not of a good enough quality to be used for that purpose.  ;D
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #769 on: May 17, 2013, 08:15:57 PM »
My FIL is a cheapskate. If we go out to eat, a mutually arranged dinner, he will never order an appetizer. However, if we order one he will help himself. I just think it is pretty PA for him to do that, especially as every time, we ask first if they (MIL & FIL) want to order an appetizer and most the time we pay or split the check.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #770 on: May 17, 2013, 08:59:52 PM »
I remember an episode of Wife Swap where one family was completely obsessed with saving money. Okay, I can give them some credit for getting totally debt free including paying off the mortgage, but once you've paid off said mortgage, I think you could quit timing your kids showers and actually choose a restaurant for some other reason than "kids eat for free." I would have loved to make the mother estimate how much time she spent checking and then rebrushing and reflossing the kids teeth because they were so worried they might have to actually spend money getting a cavity filled. Haven't they heard of dental insurance?
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #771 on: June 29, 2013, 12:29:00 PM »
Reviving this thread to share this gem:

I recently signed up for private lessons at a martial arts academy. It's something that's always interested me, and the private lessons fit best with my schedule as opposed to the group classes.  This school advertises a special in which someone who is paying for private lessons can "invite a friend" to join in those lessons for free.  The assumption, I suppose, is that the friends will settle splitting the fee between themselves.  As long as the martial arts school gets their money, they're happy.

I mentioned to a friend, Carrie, at a social gathering that I had started my lessons, and entertained her with the awkward incidents from my disastrous first session. (It was bad.  So very bad.  But I had fun.) Another woman, whom I barely know, piped up and said, "Oh! I have always wanted to take the private lessons there, but I can't afford it. The school has that "invite a friend" special. And now you can invite me to join your lessons for free!  I'm sure it wouldn't be any trouble."

There are a few problems with this:
1) Yes, it would be some trouble.  I don't want to take a class at a physical activity at which I am pretty terrible, with someone I barely know. Having the instructor see me stumble through is awkward enough.

2) Don't voluntell me to do something.

3) No. Just, no.

Carrie responded, "So you would split the cost of the lessons with Weeble?"

And the lady looked aghast and said, "Well, no. I told you.  I can't afford it.  And what's the sense in me paying when Weeble has already paid?"

"So what's in it for Weeble?  Other than not getting the instructor's full attention?"  Carrie asked.

The lady insisted that I still got the lessons, plus the feeling that I was helping someone.

I shook my head and said, "No, that won't be possible."

This lady simply could not believe that I didn't see the benefit helping this random stranger out by paying for her (not inexpensive) lessons. I was selfish and spoiled, she said, and she didn't want to spend time with selfish people.

Fine with me.  :P


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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #772 on: June 29, 2013, 12:45:31 PM »
The mind..it boggles sometimes

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #773 on: June 29, 2013, 12:52:28 PM »
Weeble, your friend Carrie sounds great, though. She really had your back there.

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« Reply #774 on: June 29, 2013, 02:48:26 PM »
Weeble, your friend Carrie sounds great, though. She really had your back there.

She's my former college roommate and one of my best friends.  We both struggled with establishing our spines, but now, when we sense people who want to take advantage, we brook no nonsense. :)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #775 on: June 29, 2013, 02:57:26 PM »
The mind..it boggles sometimes

This. 

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #776 on: June 29, 2013, 03:19:28 PM »
My FIL is a cheapskate. If we go out to eat, a mutually arranged dinner, he will never order an appetizer. However, if we order one he will help himself. I just think it is pretty PA for him to do that, especially as every time, we ask first if they (MIL & FIL) want to order an appetizer and most the time we pay or split the check.
People can only take advantage of you if you let them. I think I'd just tell him that unless he wants to pay for that mozzarella stick, to put his hand back.

I say this because I had a college roommate who played the, "Don't be petty. Be nice. After all, it's just one slice of pizza/one mozzarella stick" trick for months. Then one day I totaled up how much I'd spent "being nice" to her and had a meltdown. No more letting her trick me into feeling guilty/cheap. Next time I told her, "If it's no big deal, then you pay for it." Suddenly, she didn't want that food any more.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #777 on: June 29, 2013, 04:14:45 PM »
My FIL is a cheapskate. If we go out to eat, a mutually arranged dinner, he will never order an appetizer. However, if we order one he will help himself. I just think it is pretty PA for him to do that, especially as every time, we ask first if they (MIL & FIL) want to order an appetizer and most the time we pay or split the check.
People can only take advantage of you if you let them. I think I'd just tell him that unless he wants to pay for that mozzarella stick, to put his hand back.

I say this because I had a college roommate who played the, "Don't be petty. Be nice. After all, it's just one slice of pizza/one mozzarella stick" trick for months. Then one day I totaled up how much I'd spent "being nice" to her and had a meltdown. No more letting her trick me into feeling guilty/cheap. Next time I told her, "If it's no big deal, then you pay for it." Suddenly, she didn't want that food any more.

In high school, we had small round tables in the cafeteria that could seat 8-10 students. There was a guy who sat near my group of friends (6 to 8 of us, depending on the day) at lunch.  And he always wanted "JUST a few fries" or "JUST a handful of chips" or "JUST a bite" of your grilled cheese.  And if you said no, he got highly offended as it was JUST a bite.  And weren't we his friends?  Friends SHARED what they had, he said, and if we didn't understand that, we would never have any real friends. We got sick of being made to feel greedy for wanting to eat our whole lunch, but couldn't figure out how to dislodge this tick without being mean.  Our group sort of disbanded and found other places to sit because we just got sick of dealing with it.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #778 on: June 29, 2013, 04:57:39 PM »
A woman I'll call Thelma was a bit of a Cheapskate but this story is about Thelma's friend, Louise.

Thelma was trying to lose quite a bit of weight for her son's Wedding and was on a rather strict diet that included a lot of fresh fruit.  Everything had to be carefully weighed or measured.  For example, Thelma's lunch might consist of six crackers, a cup of cottage cheese, eighteen grapes and a few  orange sections. 

Louise was in the habit of sitting with Thelma while she ate lunch and idly nibbling on the crackers or the fruit.  Thelma was incensed because Louise could go to the museum cafe and get anything she wanted to eat. This was not an appetizer.  This was Thelma's entire lunch. 

Louise was equally incensed. A friend should be happy to share and, after all, it was only a few crackers and some fruit.           

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #779 on: June 29, 2013, 05:26:38 PM »
Unless Louise was tired of having her hand attached to her wrist she would be well-advised to keep away from my food.   >:( >:D
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