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Old 01-11-2017, 09:02 AM   #21
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We are a country of waste. We are all guilty and I don't have a problem with a person who wants to save like your FIL. Where I have a problem with a cheapskate is when it affects another person. My FIL has plenty of money and on occasions will take the family out to dinner. We will have great service and spend $70 plus per person on dinner. He will then tip the girl 7 to 10%. My wife will look at what he tips then I'll slide the waitress more money as we leave.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:03 AM   #22
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I have always lived below my means but have never been cheap or worried about what something cost. I work hard and want to enjoy the fruits of my labor and at 47 I have all the toys I want along with a healthy cushion that I could retire on if I wanted to.
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A millionaire acquaintance of mine will go to the church bazarr to push people away so he and his wife can get the nicest used clothing for free. Or how about buying bags of terry cloth rags from a value village store and sorting through them for new kitchen t- towels and bathroom towels and face cloths.

They go nowhere, do nothing (but drink), drive ten plus year old vehicles, own four properties and yet the home they live in there isn't enough furniture in it to fill one room and yet the guy doesn't think he has enough to retire on - he's 59, a closet alcoholic, his wife is a full blown alcoholic and they have no kids.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:08 AM   #24
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I definitely wash re-use zip-lock bags that have had something relatively easy to clean out in them, like grapes or saltines or something, especially gallon sized ones.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:10 AM   #26
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My Dad is the same way. Is retiring next month, a millionaire, so maybe he's onto something. Notice lots of older folks (my dad is 74) are kinda that way. My dad grew up dirt poor, and is a self-made man. I guess the older I get, (I'm 49) gotta learn from that. Trying, but hard to break my not so good habits....like buying boating, fishing stuff, tackle, etc, I don't even need. Its an addiction...
That's why your dad has a million/s.....

Me.. I'll probably have to reverse mortgage my house to pay for my kids college but I'm fine skidding into home plate on empty!
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I run a Keurig cup through on 12oz. About halfway done with that cup, I re-run the same k-cup on the 6oz setting.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:18 AM   #28
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Everything has a price; your time, your actual money, perceived value etc.
I try to teach my children that this "chuck it away" mentality can be broken, some things are worth trying to fix, you do not always have to buy the top dollar item, and take care of your stuff that you (or I ) have paid for so it lasts. I like to see it as a difference between cheapskate and frugal
Watched Justin Wilson (the Cajun Cook) tell a story about "frugal" once.

Little girl was given a school assignment to learn what the meaning of the word frugal was, then write a story using the word.

She asked here dad what frugal meant.
He said it meant to save.

So the little girl wrote a story about a damsel in distress and how a handsome prince on a white horse found her.
The handsome prince then frugaled her and they lived happily ever after.
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I'm so cheap I recycle toilet paper. Okay, only the pieces that didn't actually get poo on them, or maybe just a tiny smear on the corner. The wife washes dirty paper towels and reuses them. And heck, a Kleenex is good for more than one snot blast. Paper plates? Yeah we wash those and reuse 'em, too, until they get holes in them. Those paper goods are expensive!


No, I don't do any of that stuff. Being cheap for me is buying a bottle of Evan Williams instead Bulleit. But, I do have a friend that's nearly as cheap as described above. And yes, he's now retired, owns several properties, and has cash to do anything his heart desires, but doesn't.
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True story, A friend and I were at the coast once and he needed a new bait well pump on his boat. He already had the pump and I agreed to install it.
I already had my crimping pliars and the heat shrink crimps, along with some heat shrink tubing to go over that.
After I crimped the butt splices I said " do you have a lighter to use on this heat shrink?" He said "no, be back in a second" .

Well he comes back with a BIC lighter and I complete the install. Afterwards he asks if I need the lighter anymore. I said "no" . He had returned it and got his dollar back!!!!!!
This guy is a multi millionaire and can have and buy ANYTHING he wants. I still give him hell to this day over that lighter LOL.
Maybe that's why he's rich and I'm poor.............
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i will bend over and pick up a penny. then go fill my boat up and drop $600.00. go figure.
I pick up pennies dimes nickel quarters. It doesn't matter. I cannot walk by a coin without picking it up
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That's why your dad has a million/s.....

Me.. I'll probably have to reverse mortgage my house to pay for my kids college but I'm fine skidding into home plate on empty!
Except that it isn't. My overall point, sure, be frugal when it actually makes sense to do so. But to skimp out on a $0.03 coffee filter, only to spend at least that much in electricity, for the sake of saving the $0.03 is just stupid, especially when the end result is less desirable. He will even sometimes grumble that he likes fresh coffee so much more, but won't make it in favor of the stale cold coffee, because even after having the math pointed out, he still feels like he is saving something.

He will do the same thing when buying stuff. Doesn't matter what the product is, or whether there is much better value to be had from a more expensive item, he is going to buy the cheapest possible option, even if it is complete POS that is guaranteed to lead to disappointment and misery.
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Mom and Pop's home phone is in my contacts list as "Mansion." Indian River frontage, Ipe dock etc.

I walked in 4 days ago, they were wearing all their winter clothes, hats, gloves. It's 59 degrees, I could see my breath - right there in the 800 sq ft kitchen which overlooks the infinity pool.

They haven't turned on the heat since they moved in 5 years ago, and by God, they're not about to now.
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True story, A friend and I were at the coast once and he needed a new bait well pump on his boat. He already had the pump and I agreed to install it.
I already had my crimping pliars and the heat shrink crimps, along with some heat shrink tubing to go over that.
After I crimped the butt splices I said " do you have a lighter to use on this heat shrink?" He said "no, be back in a second" .

Well he comes back with a BIC lighter and I complete the install. Afterwards he asks if I need the lighter anymore. I said "no" . He had returned it and got his dollar back!!!!!!
This guy is a multi millionaire and can have and buy ANYTHING he wants. I still give him hell to this day over that lighter LOL.
Maybe that's why he's rich and I'm poor.............
That's pathetic.
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I pick up pennies dimes nickel quarters. It doesn't matter. I cannot walk by a coin without picking it up
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It's exhausting to listen to people talk about money and how much they saved on this and that. Money is meant to be spent, be it something useful like a house or college education or something that brings joy to a person like a boat, vacation or your favorite charity.

I don't think of my ''cheap'' uncle as rich because he scrimps everywhere he can, I think of him as a prisoner of sorts to his cheapness. It consumes every corner of his life, and every thought of spending has him thinking about the ''cost'' and how he can save a penny on it. His conversations all get steered to money and how much something costs, or the deal he got on ABC bolongne or how much politicians are ripping us off!

He can't enjoy a meal at an expensive restaurant because the price of the dinner drives him nuts.

He is aware of his cheapness and again he is happy so who am I to judge?
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My goal is to stiff the undertaker. I'm right on track.
I had a friend who's goal was to die one million dollars in debt.

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