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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #960 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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« Reply #961 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 #962 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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« Reply #963 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 #964 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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« Reply #965 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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« Reply #966 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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« Reply #967 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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« Reply #968 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.  ::)

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« Reply #969 on: August 12, 2013, 06:40:29 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.   :)

I had a rummage sale a few years ago and was selling the rings from my first wedding and another ring my ex had given me.  My wedding rings hadn't been worth much when we bought them and the other ring was supposedly a diamond, but since he had bought it from a street vendor in Iraq, it might have just been shiney glass.  I never  got it appraised.  I was selling both for five dollars just to have them gone.  Some lady saw them and insisted on paying me at least 10 each because she thought the stone in the one ring just might be real and for my wedding rings because she said I deserved the ten just for being smart enough to sell them and move on.  LOL.

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« Reply #970 on: August 13, 2013, 11:12:40 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.   :)

I had a rummage sale a few years ago and was selling the rings from my first wedding and another ring my ex had given me.  My wedding rings hadn't been worth much when we bought them and the other ring was supposedly a diamond, but since he had bought it from a street vendor in Iraq, it might have just been shiney glass.  I never  got it appraised.  I was selling both for five dollars just to have them gone.  Some lady saw them and insisted on paying me at least 10 each because she thought the stone in the one ring just might be real and for my wedding rings because she said I deserved the ten just for being smart enough to sell them and move on.  LOL.

I don't know for Iraq, but as someone who's bought things from street vendors in Turkey, it might have been real.
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« Reply #971 on: August 14, 2013, 11:17:51 AM »
I had to learn frugally many years ago, because my salary forced me to.  Now that I don't have to, I certainly live well within my means, and it didn't scar me to the point that I am using some of the methods described here (I may not wear makeup beyond lipstick, but I do have monthly facials).

Years ago, I made regular pilgrimages to Salvation Army, and I found a great one I still go to today.  It is on the outskirts of a very well off suburb, and I once flipped through the racks, and found 5 silk blouses going at $2 each.  And these were real silk, and in great shape.  It is not uncommon to see designer clothes, and even furs in decent shape.
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« Reply #972 on: August 17, 2013, 08:23:42 AM »
I had to learn frugally many years ago, because my salary forced me to.  Now that I don't have to, I certainly live well within my means, and it didn't scar me to the point that I am using some of the methods described here (I may not wear makeup beyond lipstick, but I do have monthly facials).

Years ago, I made regular pilgrimages to Salvation Army, and I found a great one I still go to today.  It is on the outskirts of a very well off suburb, and I once flipped through the racks, and found 5 silk blouses going at $2 each.  And these were real silk, and in great shape.  It is not uncommon to see designer clothes, and even furs in decent shape.

Same here.  I pack my lunch for work almost exclusively. I shop sales and use coupons.  I buy probably 95% of my clothes at thrift stores, but I have no problem dropping $100 a month on manicure, pedicures and waxing, buying my favorite Mary Kay products, or spending $300 on shoes if that's want I really want.
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« Reply #973 on: August 17, 2013, 08:37:20 AM »
I had to learn frugally many years ago, because my salary forced me to.  Now that I don't have to, I certainly live well within my means, and it didn't scar me to the point that I am using some of the methods described here (I may not wear makeup beyond lipstick, but I do have monthly facials).

Years ago, I made regular pilgrimages to Salvation Army, and I found a great one I still go to today.  It is on the outskirts of a very well off suburb, and I once flipped through the racks, and found 5 silk blouses going at $2 each.  And these were real silk, and in great shape.  It is not uncommon to see designer clothes, and even furs in decent shape.

Same here.  I pack my lunch for work almost exclusively. I shop sales and use coupons.  I buy probably 95% of my clothes at thrift stores, but I have no problem dropping $100 a month on manicure, pedicures and waxing, buying my favorite Mary Kay products, or spending $300 on shoes if that's want I really want.

I do the same. some things I spend money on, others may scoff at, but they have their own "indulgances" One of mine is makeup; I can't wear the inexpensive stuff, aside from mascara. so i spend a lot on it.  but skimp on other things.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #974 on: August 17, 2013, 06:53:01 PM »
I was able to score some amazing bargains last week. I bought 6 blouses for work from Old Navy, on sale, then with a discount code, for $77 including shipping. I then found Teva shoes at an outlet online, and was able to get 3 pairs for $55, which is less than the amount I paid for the first pair I ever bought.

Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner enabled each of those purchases and this week I will be rolling out a different new blouse every day!
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