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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #975 on: August 07, 2013, 11:03:18 AM »
If I didn't brush my teeth for six weeks I'd be so self-conscious about my breath I'd never leave my house.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #976 on: August 07, 2013, 11:22:12 AM »
In the article, she mentions that people didn't seem to notice.  I suspect most of those people were just trying to be polite, thinking that she was ill.  She also works mostly at home, so there wasn't an opportunity for an anonymous someone to leave anti-perspirant on her desk.

I do agree that not using eye make-up helped the cyst on her eye heal, and that most of the goop that she was originally using didn't do much of anything.  Doesn't mean I'm giving up my daily shower.

Great big POD to that. No way would I tell an acquaintance that they stink. I would try to not stand near them, but I wouldn't say anything. Only time I would offer an opinion on BO would be if a friend asked me if they had it.
Now, my DS has BO and I don't hesitate to tell him (not that he does anything about it) but I have to live with him. Methinks her children refusing to snuggle with her should have been a huge red flag about the state of her body. Children don't do the white lie to make you feel better (for the most part) like adults do.

Me either. When Sandy hit last fall, I had no power, hot water, etc. for 3.5 days. It went out monday about 6pm, and I raced for the shower. after that, i just washed since it was soooo cold i couldn't take one. I finally took one thursday night at friends, and i wasn't doing anything physical to sweat, but I still began to smell myself a smidge. ewww.

i can see getting rid of a lot of the stuff she did use, but not bathing at all? yuck. and i agree that most people probably were thinking she looked "off" but would never tell her if she smelled

the reaction from the other moms at her kid's school spoke volumes. before she told them, no issue, but after, they all acted like she was a pariah.

I wonder what they thought before she told them.   

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #977 on: August 07, 2013, 02:31:32 PM »
At the risk of making a post that's eligible for the gross-out thread, I read a book about what would be needed to go to Mars.  NASA did experiments to see what would happen if a man didn't wash or change clothes for several months.  I don't remember anything about smell, but hair and skin did better than you might expect.  Underwear, however, disintegrated in about six weeks.   :P

Are you talking about the book "Packing for Mars" by Mary Roach?  I have read that.  It really takes all of the glamor out of space exploration!

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #978 on: August 07, 2013, 03:06:47 PM »

I wonder what they thought before she told them.
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Considering the drastic change I would have assumed she was depressed, or sick.  I'm not suprised her skin is better after getting rid of all the crap she was using.  I'm not sure why she felt the need to forgo all basic cleaning though.  A bar of soap and some toothpaste would have been minimal enough, I'd think.  People do weird things.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #979 on: August 07, 2013, 04:20:39 PM »
I do try to limit the chemicals I put onto my body (no sulfates or parabens in my soaps, shampoos, or lotions, natural toothpaste, and I'm trying to switch over to more natural makeups), but I still participate in daily hygiene rituals. I'll admit that I don't shampoo my hair daily, in fact, 99% of the time I wash it with conditioner instead of shampoo, and that's only every 2nd or 3rd day, with a plain water rinse in between. For my hair type, this routine maximizes the curl and minimizes the frizz, while still flushing out the grime. And I don't wear deodorant/antiperspirant on a daily basis because I've found that I don't produce odiferous sweat except when I exercise, and when I exercise I shower immediately afterwards anyhow. I can't come up with any justification for omitting teeth cleansing though.

I have decided to save water by showering at the gym. I don't take every shower there, but if I'm going to go workout I might as well use their water instead of mine, even if I'm coming straight home afterwards. And I try to get to the gym 5-6 times a week. This is my first month at my new gym, with locker rooms nice enough that I'm willing to shower there, so it remains to be seen if it actually makes an appreciable difference in our water bill.




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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #980 on: August 07, 2013, 04:54:46 PM »
I read a book recently, about how a man made a pact with the devil for untold riches. In return, he couldn't bathe or even get wet for 3 years, 3 months and 3 weeks. The man won the bet. I keep debating if I could go through with a similar oppunity. It would be hard, but worth it possibly in the end. I had to search for it, but I found it.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #981 on: August 07, 2013, 04:55:53 PM »
At the risk of making a post that's eligible for the gross-out thread, I read a book about what would be needed to go to Mars.  NASA did experiments to see what would happen if a man didn't wash or change clothes for several months.  I don't remember anything about smell, but hair and skin did better than you might expect.  Underwear, however, disintegrated in about six weeks.   :P

Are you talking about the book "Packing for Mars" by Mary Roach?  I have read that.  It really takes all of the glamor out of space exploration!

That's it.   Great book.  :)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #982 on: August 07, 2013, 06:06:36 PM »
My grandpa was one of those 'this is how much I *think* it should cost so therefore this is how much I'm going to spend on it' types.  When I was in high school, we drove back to Colorado for my aunt's wedding.  One of grandpa's friends told him all about how he had found hotel rooms for $25 so that was all grandpa was willing to spend on a hotel.  Of course, there were no hotels to be had for $25 on our route but that didn't matter.  We would just keep driving until we found one.  We didn't find one and ending up sleeping in the parking lot at a KOA. 

Once when we went over for dinner, he went to pick up chicken.  One 8 piece chicken meal with 2 sides.  For 6 adults.  DH and I put a stop to that kind of thing by bringing dinner over with us.  That way we knew there would be enough food. 
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« Reply #983 on: August 07, 2013, 08:32:48 PM »
My dad haggles at garage sales too, but he haggles UP.   As in:  "you're only asking $1 for that?   C'mon, it's worth at least $5, and I refuse to pay a penny less!"   People think he's quite mad.   :)

That's kind of adorable.

I'm going to start doing that in honor of your Dad  8). He rocks !
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #984 on: August 11, 2013, 02:12:53 PM »
Wow... made it all the way through!

Not much to add, except that I, too, love the reusable Chinese food containers.  It's one reason every takeout order includes a quart of wonton soup.  That, and I love wonton soup.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #985 on: August 11, 2013, 02:26:24 PM »
My dad haggles at garage sales too, but he haggles UP.   As in:  "you're only asking $1 for that?   C'mon, it's worth at least $5, and I refuse to pay a penny less!"   People think he's quite mad.   :)

That's kind of adorable.

I'm going to start doing that in honor of your Dad  8). He rocks !

I imagine it would be especially fun to do at a fundraiser - bake sale or whatever.
"This devils's food cake? I'll give you $15 for it."
"Um... it's $12."
"Okay, how about $16?"
"The price marked on it is $12."
"Fine. $18. You drive a hard bargain."
"It's only $12, ma'am."
"Okay. $20, and not a penny less. Final offer."
push a $20 into their hand, pick up the devil's food cake and walk away.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #986 on: August 11, 2013, 04:59:03 PM »
My dad haggles at garage sales too, but he haggles UP.   As in:  "you're only asking $1 for that?   C'mon, it's worth at least $5, and I refuse to pay a penny less!"   People think he's quite mad.   :)

That's kind of adorable.

I'm going to start doing that in honor of your Dad  8). He rocks !

I imagine it would be especially fun to do at a fundraiser - bake sale or whatever.
"This devils's food cake? I'll give you $15 for it."
"Um... it's $12."
"Okay, how about $16?"
"The price marked on it is $12."
"Fine. $18. You drive a hard bargain."
"It's only $12, ma'am."
"Okay. $20, and not a penny less. Final offer."
push a $20 into their hand, pick up the devil's food cake and walk away.

Okay, I'm in on this. I'll begin next Saturday at my favorite thrift store. I am looking forward to their reaction.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #987 on: August 11, 2013, 11:54:30 PM »

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.

We just went to DC and the penny thing at Mt. Vernon was $1.00 and a penny!

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #988 on: August 12, 2013, 08:49:31 AM »
My dad haggles at garage sales too, but he haggles UP.   As in:  "you're only asking $1 for that?   C'mon, it's worth at least $5, and I refuse to pay a penny less!"   People think he's quite mad.   :)

That's kind of adorable.

I'm going to start doing that in honor of your Dad  8). He rocks !

I do that too. Especially a charity tag sales.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #989 on: August 12, 2013, 09:28:22 AM »
My dad haggles at garage sales too, but he haggles UP.   As in:  "you're only asking $1 for that?   C'mon, it's worth at least $5, and I refuse to pay a penny less!"   People think he's quite mad.   :)

That's kind of adorable.

I'm going to start doing that in honor of your Dad  8). He rocks !

I imagine it would be especially fun to do at a fundraiser - bake sale or whatever.
"This devils's food cake? I'll give you $15 for it."
"Um... it's $12."
"Okay, how about $16?"
"The price marked on it is $12."
"Fine. $18. You drive a hard bargain."
"It's only $12, ma'am."
"Okay. $20, and not a penny less. Final offer."
push a $20 into their hand, pick up the devil's food cake and walk away.

Those are all kinds of adorable!

While not exactly the same, I remember going through the papers looking for used furniture 8 or 9 years ago and I was specifically looking for a dining table. My mom and dad came with us to a place to check out a table.

It was gorgeous. Danish mahogany that glowed and had hidden pull-out leaves to quickly and easily extend it to twice its size along with custom-made table covers to protect the wood. The chairs didn't match the table but they were still attractive and good quality. All for $250. The covers alone probably cost $400. The table itself was easily a $1000 table (or more). I am sitting at it right now as I type this out.

We couldn't hand them the money fast enough but my mom pulled me aside and whispered, "Why didn't you haggle? You're supposed to dicker. You could save money!"

I responded, "I AM saving money! The table is worth four times what we're paying! The owners are practically giving it away." I told my mom later I'd have been humiliated to ask, "Would you take $200?" for something so beautiful and perfectly maintained.

However, there's no way I could bring myself to insist they take $1000 for the table, chairs and pads.  ::)