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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #915 on: August 04, 2013, 11:45:26 PM »
I took five nieces and nephews on a 2-day trip to a theme park.  I knew from experience that I'd be hounded with unending requests for snacks and souvenirs, so I gave each of the kids $20 per day and told them that I'd pay for regular meals, but they were expected to pay for optional items with the money.  Not one of them spent a dime of it.  They even chose to drink from water fountains rather than buy soft drinks.  They became major cheapskates when their own money was at stake.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #916 on: August 05, 2013, 01:42:18 AM »
LOL... I was the opposite, I was a total cheapskate when I was spending someone else's money (albeit on a budget).

When I was a kid, one of the department stores had a special section set up for kids to do Christmas shopping. The parents could provide a list of who they had to buy for, and a total budget and payment method. A store clerk would take each child into the section, help them shop, and if there was a credit card for payment, run the receipt out for the parents signature.

I was given a budget of $50. I spent $26.

Of course, I was also the child who refused to spend any dollar denomination higher than $2. $2 and $1 and change I would spend. Anything higer was sacrosanct and stayed in the piggy bank until it went to the bank. No idea where I got that from.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #917 on: August 05, 2013, 05:42:56 AM »
I took five nieces and nephews on a 2-day trip to a theme park.  I knew from experience that I'd be hounded with unending requests for snacks and souvenirs, so I gave each of the kids $20 per day and told them that I'd pay for regular meals, but they were expected to pay for optional items with the money.  Not one of them spent a dime of it.  They even chose to drink from water fountains rather than buy soft drinks.  They became major cheapskates when their own money was at stake.
I do the same with my nieces and nephew. ON met me when she was 7 or so (Sister's stepdaughter) to be blunt she was used to Mom's family and Dad's family trying to out bid each other for her affection. After our first outing had a bunch of "get me this" followed by amazement at the word no (no tantrum just wow you said that and meant it.), I sat down with her and explained I was a poor teacher. I started giving her a budget. I paid admission, lunch, and in some cases bottled water (If the fountains were yuck). Then she had $10 - $20 spending money.

I more than once I've had the kids go look at the gift shop and come back and announce everything was overpriced. Then an adult standing nearby, dealing with "But I want it" whines pick their jaws up and ask how do you do that. Now I will often treat them to books (from a book store or amazon not the gift shop) or the panning for gold/crack open a geo things because it is about the experience not a piece of plastic junk that is going to beak before we get on 610.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #918 on: August 05, 2013, 05:54:01 AM »
LOL... I was the opposite, I was a total cheapskate when I was spending someone else's money (albeit on a budget).

When I was a kid, one of the department stores had a special section set up for kids to do Christmas shopping. The parents could provide a list of who they had to buy for, and a total budget and payment method. A store clerk would take each child into the section, help them shop, and if there was a credit card for payment, run the receipt out for the parents signature.

I was given a budget of $50. I spent $26.

Of course, I was also the child who refused to spend any dollar denomination higher than $2. $2 and $1 and change I would spend. Anything higer was sacrosanct and stayed in the piggy bank until it went to the bank. No idea where I got that from.
I remember when Palais Royal used to open only for kids one Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It gave Sis and I good experience choosing presents for people. One year I bought some earrings for Cousin C and had them wrapped at the store. When she opened up the package it was empty. I think she really thought I did it on purpose (we butted heads regularly). Mom and Aunt explained to her the store had wrapped the package and must have lost the earrings. I was really upset because they were "perfect earrings" for Cousin. Mom took us to Palais Royal that week. When she explained to customer service what had happened the Manager came out - escorted us around the store. I found the same type of earrings. Not only did we get those - he insisted that all three of us (Cousin C, Sis, and me) pick out another set of earrings each because Christmas surprise was ruined.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #919 on: August 05, 2013, 07:47:38 AM »
I took five nieces and nephews on a 2-day trip to a theme park.  I knew from experience that I'd be hounded with unending requests for snacks and souvenirs, so I gave each of the kids $20 per day and told them that I'd pay for regular meals, but they were expected to pay for optional items with the money.  Not one of them spent a dime of it.  They even chose to drink from water fountains rather than buy soft drinks.  They became major cheapskates when their own money was at stake.
I do the same with my nieces and nephew. ON met me when she was 7 or so (Sister's stepdaughter) to be blunt she was used to Mom's family and Dad's family trying to out bid each other for her affection. After our first outing had a bunch of "get me this" followed by amazement at the word no (no tantrum just wow you said that and meant it.), I sat down with her and explained I was a poor teacher. I started giving her a budget. I paid admission, lunch, and in some cases bottled water (If the fountains were yuck). Then she had $10 - $20 spending money.

I more than once I've had the kids go look at the gift shop and come back and announce everything was overpriced. Then an adult standing nearby, dealing with "But I want it" whines pick their jaws up and ask how do you do that. Now I will often treat them to books (from a book store or amazon not the gift shop) or the panning for gold/crack open a geo things because it is about the experience not a piece of plastic junk that is going to beak before we get on 610.

When we went to Assateague/Ocean City, my MIL gave each of the older 2 $20 to buy their own souvenirs.  I wish I could say that stopped the middle pirate from buying junk, but it didn't.  However my oldest did listen to the advice of his "auntie" (bff) who works in retail and gave them both some tips on buying souvenirs.  As in, don't waste money on overpriced junk you could easily find someplace else back home.  Well the oldest bought a dolphin shaped keychain that said Ocean City, MD and had sand in it, a travel coffee mug that also said Ocean City on it, and something else that escapes me at the moment.   The younger child bought a toy plastic boat, a plastic fan, and a kite.  The kite I believe actually lasted and was a practical purchase for the beach, but the boat and the fan both broke.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #920 on: August 05, 2013, 10:11:12 AM »
When we went to Assateague/Ocean City, my MIL gave each of the older 2 $20 to buy their own souvenirs.  I wish I could say that stopped the middle pirate from buying junk, but it didn't.  However my oldest did listen to the advice of his "auntie" (bff) who works in retail and gave them both some tips on buying souvenirs.  As in, don't waste money on overpriced junk you could easily find someplace else back home.   

My rule of thumb is I don't buy anything I could buy at home, or anything I won't use. I try and find stuff that's local to whereever I am, and if not, oh well. I have enough coffee cuts, etc. to last me a lifetime. I will sometimes buy a magnet for my fridge or t-shirt, but that's about it.


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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #921 on: August 05, 2013, 10:24:20 AM »
We're pretty cheap wihen it comes to souvenirs. 

A fridge magnet is a must and, if available, a little box or basket made in the area.  We don't bother with anything else unless it's a real grabber.  I did splurge on a sweater in Iceland but that was a very rare case.

We don't bring tribute to anyone any more but, when in Baltimore we do load up on crab-themed stuff because we have a relative who collects things like that and has never been to Baltimore. 

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #922 on: August 05, 2013, 10:45:52 AM »
We're pretty cheap wihen it comes to souvenirs. 

A fridge magnet is a must and, if available, a little box or basket made in the area.  We don't bother with anything else unless it's a real grabber.  I did splurge on a sweater in Iceland but that was a very rare case.

We don't bring tribute to anyone any more but, when in Baltimore we do load up on crab-themed stuff because we have a relative who collects things like that and has never been to Baltimore.

I don't either. Although last time I was in Bermuda, i did bring my parents a bottle of rum, and my dad a Bermudian cookbook.  I do have to laugh; my sr. yr. in HS, 1984, I went to spain. And bought my parents souveniers. Some nice handpainted flowerpots and ashtrays. they both smoked at the time, but now my mom uses those for under plant saucers.  ANd I also bought them some lovely cloth napkins with a lacy design, which my mom still has and uses.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #923 on: August 05, 2013, 11:01:29 AM »
We're pretty cheap wihen it comes to souvenirs. 

A fridge magnet is a must and, if available, a little box or basket made in the area.  We don't bother with anything else unless it's a real grabber.  I did splurge on a sweater in Iceland but that was a very rare case.

We don't bring tribute to anyone any more but, when in Baltimore we do load up on crab-themed stuff because we have a relative who collects things like that and has never been to Baltimore.

My go-to souvenir is a pressed penny. It's cheap, easy to carry and don't take up much room once you get them home. I have some books that display them on my mantle.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #924 on: August 05, 2013, 11:16:49 AM »

My go-to souvenir is a pressed penny. It's cheap, easy to carry and don't take up much room once you get them home. I have some books that display them on my mantle.

Same here. We have fun with them, there is a website http://www.pennycollector.com/ that has locators for them if you want to know where to go when you are on vacation/road tripping / collecting. Also, an M&M mini tube is just the right size for quarters and pennys. We stack them in the tube 2 quarters then a penny so that we always have the right coins for it.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #925 on: August 05, 2013, 11:22:31 AM »
I haven't traveled in ages but when I went to Spain I got posters for my colleagues that had their names ("translated" into Spanish) blocked in by the vendor.  They cost something like 300 pesetas in the park in Madrid (1993) to have your name blocked into a flamenco or bullfight poster.  I rolled them up together to pack into my suitcase.  Folding fans with (dancers, matadors, bulls, musicians on them) for most of the women cost 200 pesetas each; bought a lot of those.  Picked up lots of flamenco stuff for my class.

I refuse to buy kitschy stuff and I look for the best price for anything.  It's my nature.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #926 on: August 05, 2013, 11:35:02 AM »

My go-to souvenir is a pressed penny. It's cheap, easy to carry and don't take up much room once you get them home. I have some books that display them on my mantle.

Same here. We have fun with them, there is a website http://www.pennycollector.com/ that has locators for them if you want to know where to go when you are on vacation/road tripping / collecting. Also, an M&M mini tube is just the right size for quarters and pennys. We stack them in the tube 2 quarters then a penny so that we always have the right coins for it.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #927 on: August 05, 2013, 11:38:18 AM »
We don't bring tribute to anyone any more but, when in Baltimore we do load up on crab-themed stuff because we have a relative who collects things like that and has never been to Baltimore.

My family has always brought home stuff for each other, but a few years ago I was doing a lot of travelling, and I was getting short on cash - one of the trips was a wedding, so already expensive enough without bringing home trinkets.  In addition, all of us were getting kind of full on "stuff" so I decided that I would only bring back souvenirs if they cried out "buy me for ___"  No one in the family minded, and we have largely adopted that attitude for all trips.  It makes it much less stressful to be checking off a list and instead just wandering around window shopping.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #928 on: August 05, 2013, 12:13:22 PM »
I use poster putty to stick my pressed pennies around my computer monitor.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #929 on: August 05, 2013, 12:16:00 PM »
This summer my family went on a once in a lifetime trip.  The kids grandparents gave them $15 for souvenirs and we had a conversation about how "just because it says Puerto Rico on it, doesn't mean there are actually elephants on the island".