How cheap are you?

Page 4 of Originally Posted by formerkywrestler This isn't cheap. This is outright theft. You do things when your young your not proud of, like I said in the pos... 90 comments | 2668 Views | Go to page 1 →

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    I don't consider myself cheap. I realize that certain things have their price, and I try to live as comfortably as possible.

    I have taken a liking to valet parking recently, particularly if the only other option is a sketchy neighborhood, if it's raining, or if I'm running a bit late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    If we go to a Reds game we're parking in Covington and walking the bridge. No questions.

    Fortunately my wife is cheaper than I am so it's not a problem.
    No chance I'm walking the bridge if I'm driving or have tickets. Unless of course I'm coming from Molly's, Keystone, or some other classy establishment. Even then, I'll cab it over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    I still do not own an HD TV. I catch a lot of grief over that but the picture looks fine to me.
    Dude, you NEED an HD TV. You can get a very nice TV for a few hundred bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNCM View Post
    There was a great show on a couple of weeks ago about extreme coupon(ing). Some people were using coupons (coupled with in store promotions, manufacturing specials, and double coupon days) to save hundreds of dollars. There was one person in the Florence area that would use his savings to give to the local foodbank. He worked the coupouns to get a pallet of cereal for free. It was an amazing thing to watch/
    The guy was from Villa Hills, and he bought a skid of Total from the Erlanger Kroger. My wife has started doing this. It takes some time to get started, but she has gone to CVS multiple times, and made money while buying things. Our stockpile is slowly growing. She's had $300+ grocery bills that end up costing about $40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    I have a 99 Buick Le Sabre that is my primary transportation. It still gets 22 mpg city and 30 hwy, only has 80k on it, rides like a dream, and costs less than $50 a month to keep it on the road, including general maintenance (which I am anal about). The even with a major difference in gas mileage, the cost of a new vehicle would leave me in the hole, that would take years to climb out of. Based on my calculations, the ROI would exceed the term of most car loans, some by almost double. I'll wait until maintenance costs/month exceeds the average car payment, before I decide to buy. The way I have it worked, buy that time I should have more than enough saved to buy what I want, without the need for a loan. That's how I got my truck that most of you guys have seen. It eventually replaced an old 95 Subaru wagon. I ended up practically giving the wagon away and it's still in service today.

    I have found out, the hard way, that being cheap by doing home/car repairs myself is more costly than just hiring a pro to begin with. Seems to be something I inherited from my maternal grandfather. When I get out the power tools, Mrs. S places one finger on the 911 speed dial. Something bad is going to happen.
    I should have stated by new car, I meant new to me.

    It's actually a used car that I paid off in full, just several years newer than my old car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nees1212 View Post
    The guy was from Villa Hills, and he bought a skid of Total from the Erlanger Kroger. My wife has started doing this. It takes some time to get started, but she has gone to CVS multiple times, and made money while buying things. Our stockpile is slowly growing. She's had $300+ grocery bills that end up costing about $40.
    My bad on getting the area wrong. (I knew it was NKY somwhere...) I think that is amazing that the kind of savings that can be had. Slowly working on using the coupons to that extent.

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    I would not say I am cheap, I am just not one to buy a whole lot. My wife on the other hand.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelCrazy View Post
    Dude, you NEED an HD TV. You can get a very nice TV for a few hundred bucks.
    I got a 42 inch for $450. And yes you do NEED It.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    I got a 42 inch for $450. And yes you do NEED It.
    My buddy works at Sears and I now have a 50 inch plasma 3d TV. Worth every penny.

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    I got one for you Rockmom.


    I'm still in college so I can't really use the phrase back when I was a cheap college kid trying to scrape by, because in a way that still applies. BUT, a couple of years ago I used to pull this trick. When at a fast food restaurant (ones that have the fountain machine in the dining area) I would order a water because water is usually free, then I would proceed to fill the cup with what ever beverage I wanted accumulating to a savings of around two dollars. Then some days if I was really feeling cheap I would tell them it was to go to save the .60 dine in tax. Now that is cheap.

    I kind of get embarrassed thinking about that, partly because I have a pretty hard conscious and realize it was wrong to do, but partly because there's no excuse to be that cheap and cut corners like that. But when your in college every dime helps so I can't beat myself up too bad. Another trick I have pulled in the past is the ole go to the golf course and pay for nine holes but play eighteen bit. Being I like to golf and did so three or four times a week on a college kids budget (when technically I only had the budget to golf once or twice a week) I had to find a way to do it somehow. I feel bad for doing that too but your only young once, and I sure like to golf. Plus these courses get paid 35+ dollars just for people to use that course, I guess a college kid ripping them for nine free holes every now and then isn't going to put them under, I am sure they are making out good as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    I'm not really cheap with anything honestly. If I want/need it I buy it.
    Ditto that.

    I'll also add that I like to couple my lack of cheapness with my total disregard for the environment.

    I buy paper plates that I throw away because I'm too lazy to wash dishes.
    I buy expensive beer and toss the bottles in the normal trash receptacle instead of the recycle bin on a regular basis.
    I leave my computer on all the time (and will be leaving this laptop on tonight after I'm done with this post).
    I let the water run on full blast the entire time I'm brushing my teeth, and I brush for a long time.
    I stand at the back door and let it stay open while smoking a cigar on the coldest of days while the heat is running.
    I have 4 bathrooms in my house and like to flush the toilets on occasion just to make sure they're working.
    There are lights in my house that don't turn off until they give up and burn out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titletownclown View Post
    Ditto that.

    I'll also add that I like to couple my lack of cheapness with my total disregard for the environment.

    I buy paper plates that I throw away because I'm too lazy to wash dishes.
    I buy expensive beer and toss the bottles in the normal trash receptacle instead of the recycle bin on a regular basis.
    I leave my computer on all the time (and will be leaving this laptop on tonight after I'm done with this post).
    I let the water run on full blast the entire time I'm brushing my teeth, and I brush for a long time.
    I stand at the back door and let it stay open while smoking a cigar on the coldest of days while the heat is running.
    I have 4 bathrooms in my house and like to flush the toilets on occasion just to make sure they're working.
    There are lights in my house that don't turn off until they give up and burn out.
    I don't know what's worse: your blatant disregard for the environment or dolamite's poor rationalization for stealing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolamite View Post
    I got one for you Rockmom.


    I'm still in college so I can't really use the phrase back when I was a cheap college kid trying to scrape by, because in a way that still applies. BUT, a couple of years ago I used to pull this trick. When at a fast food restaurant (ones that have the fountain machine in the dining area) I would order a water because water is usually free, then I would proceed to fill the cup with what ever beverage I wanted accumulating to a savings of around two dollars. Then some days if I was really feeling cheap I would tell them it was to go to save the .60 dine in tax. Now that is cheap.

    I kind of get embarrassed thinking about that, partly because I have a pretty hard conscious and realize it was wrong to do, but partly because there's no excuse to be that cheap and cut corners like that. But when your in college every dime helps so I can't beat myself up too bad. Another trick I have pulled in the past is the ole go to the golf course and pay for nine holes but play eighteen bit. Being I like to golf and did so three or four times a week on a college kids budget (when technically I only had the budget to golf once or twice a week) I had to find a way to do it somehow. I feel bad for doing that too but your only young once, and I sure like to golf. Plus these courses get paid 35+ dollars just for people to use that course, I guess a college kid ripping them for nine free holes every now and then isn't going to put them under, I am sure they are making out good as it is.
    This isn't cheap. This is outright theft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolamite View Post
    I got one for you Rockmom.


    I'm still in college so I can't really use the phrase back when I was a cheap college kid trying to scrape by, because in a way that still applies. BUT, a couple of years ago I used to pull this trick. When at a fast food restaurant (ones that have the fountain machine in the dining area) I would order a water because water is usually free, then I would proceed to fill the cup with what ever beverage I wanted accumulating to a savings of around two dollars. Then some days if I was really feeling cheap I would tell them it was to go to save the .60 dine in tax. Now that is cheap.

    I kind of get embarrassed thinking about that, partly because I have a pretty hard conscious and realize it was wrong to do, but partly because there's no excuse to be that cheap and cut corners like that. But when your in college every dime helps so I can't beat myself up too bad. Another trick I have pulled in the past is the ole go to the golf course and pay for nine holes but play eighteen bit. Being I like to golf and did so three or four times a week on a college kids budget (when technically I only had the budget to golf once or twice a week) I had to find a way to do it somehow. I feel bad for doing that too but your only young once, and I sure like to golf. Plus these courses get paid 35+ dollars just for people to use that course, I guess a college kid ripping them for nine free holes every now and then isn't going to put them under, I am sure they are making out good as it is.
    That is illegal and you can have been in lots of trouble though it is probably not worth the time fooling with it from the owner's perspective. Over the course of time though, you have to really think how much money you stole from these folks. I know many people who have done the same before. Or guys that would go to a buffet and order for one but two people would eat.

    Admittingly, I have squeezed in some extra holes at the golf course before, but it is where I am a member and only late in the day when the clubhouse is closed.

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    I am the opposite of cheap but I do buy t-shirts at a factory store in the south end for 3/$5.

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