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Cheapness... What people would and won't do to save a few bucks...

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by sonick, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Gradstudent78

    Gradstudent78 Senior member

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    My roommate wants me to pay more on the heating bill because I spend more time at home then she does. Seems a little cheap to me, as I've always split bills down the middle with roommates.
     
  2. TyCooN

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    My roommate wants me to pay more on the heating bill because I spend more time at home then she does. Seems a little cheap to me, as I've always split bills down the middle with roommates.
    How do you find people like that?[​IMG] She just needs a dick.

    I don't like people that are cheap in social situations. I don't eat out with people who don't even make an effort to tip properly. People that can't even pay their share are the worse. Why not just stay home? This is why I don't like to eat out with moar than two other people. There's always a chump trying to get someone to cover his trash.

    I use the backside of handouts as printing paper.
     
  3. EMY

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    a guy i know asked if he can share with someone else at a buffet.

    my house mate asked me to split the cost of detergent with him. $2, are you serious?!
     
  4. jobro

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    I get this parm-cheese grater from the local department store, its the best model but the (plastic) handle always breaks within a month or two. I simply buy the new one and return the old one in the new box for a refund.

    Also break the huge stalks off of broccoli (10-15cm long sometimes) and leave them in the store.
     
  5. Pennglock

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    Also break the huge stalks off of broccoli (10-15cm long sometimes) and leave them in the store.


    This is rather brilliant and I will be stealing the idea...
     
  6. ceaton

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    My roommate wants me to pay more on the heating bill because I spend more time at home then she does. Seems a little cheap to me, as I've always split bills down the middle with roommates.

    Sigh. My one problem with roommates. When in college I seemed to only live with lizards who kept their rooms at tropical temperatures but wanted even splits on the electric bill.
     
  7. jobro

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    We have vine ripened tomatos with the green parts still on, some of them don't have the green parts and get scanned at half the price $5kg instead of $11 or you could be a little more cunning but I will leave that to your imagination.
     
  8. u007

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    Huge difference between being sensible/thrify/cheap

    Sensible is buying something on sale, or waiting a while to buy it when you know it will be reduced (i.e. if you want it in december, wait til January sales). Sensible is also not wasting money - justifying purchases rather than just post-rationalising them.

    Thrify in my mind means re-using things. Not throwing something away until it is used up. Getting what you paid for. If you paid for a service you didn't get, complain. If you paid for a product that was inferior, complain. Keeping things and re-using them is perfectly acceptable IMO, as long as it's not ridiculous where you refuse to throw out something ancient because "it works fine."

    Cheap is more of an attitude thing IMO. It usually involves being a dick - squabbling over a few ££ on a meal, getting out the calculator at the end of a meal and putting down exact change, refusing to take a taxi, not wanting to go somewhere all your friends do because it's too expensive.

    Being sensible and thrifty is sensible. You can have enough money to enjoy life, buy nicer things, go to nicer places etc.. but it's pointless to literally throw it away or waste it. But being cheap is just being a dick unless you really ARE trying hard to save money.

    But usually the cheap people are the biggest hypocrites - they won't divide the meal price equally because their meal is £2 less, but they smoke which costs £5 per day.
     
  9. sonick

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    I get this parm-cheese grater from the local department store, its the best model but the (plastic) handle always breaks within a month or two. I simply buy the new one and return the old one in the new box for a refund.

    This is not right, you're a dick.
     
  10. jobro

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    This is not right, you're a dick.
    Well in my defense, I have bought their stainless steal model ('dishwasher safe') which gained severe rust from going through a dishwasher cycle, which I kept and did not return. I then moved to the plastic handle model which is excellent, apart from the plastic handle which connects with two infinitesimal amounts of plastic to the main body. I see no reason as to why I should suffer do the poor selection of products available in the store. I have given up my search for a superior grater as it just isn't to be found in a brick and motor store.
     
  11. JohnGalt

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    One night I was drinking with some guys at pj clarkes. We knew the bartender and he gave us a favorable check, so naturally, we tipped heavy. One guy-who has more money than anyone in the group-decides to stay for one more to talk to this woman. As we walked out the door, my friend looked back and saw this guy peel two twenties off of the pile and put them in his pocket. What a fat fuck.

    I really hope you guys turned around and called him out on it (or administered a beating) [​IMG]
     
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    Let's think about this another way. If you were invited by some super high net worth individual on his private jet to spend a week on his own private island, what would you be able to afford to return the favor? A $300 bottle of scotch may be considered cheap to him considering that your trip might have been worth $10,000.


    It likely would not be considered "cheap", but "inexpensive" in the eyes of the "super high net worth individual". That said, if this person has an iota of tact and humility they would realize that the $300 bottle of scotch may be a stretch for the gift-giver and should appreciate it accordingly.
     
  13. bubbleboys

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    There is restaurant.com in the US...lets you buy a $25 (usually off 50 minimum) certificate for $10 to a bunch of restaurants. This is not a great deal by itself *BUT* it frequently shows up on slickdeals.net with an 80% (sometimes only 60%) coupon code letting you buy a $25 certificate for $2. Sometimes cheaper restaurants do $10 which comes to 80 cents.

    I believe the coupon code BONUS is currently active. I feel a little funky using them but I have never been turned down. I know that some people will pay cash when they use them...just stick the printout in with the recipt and appropriate amount of cash and walk away so they can't complain.


    yeah I bought $200 worth of restaurant.com gift cards for $20. Now I just need to apply the restaurant.com gift cards again with the 60% discount they use to get a coupon. So in reality, I paid like $0.50 for a $10 off. Not a bad exchange IMO.


    Restaurants with a large group of friends, I often end up throwing out than I need to just so I don't have to be involved in the deliberation of how to split. Nowadays, there aren't too many squabbles just because most of us have jobs but in the past, I've ended up paying double what I should be paying just so people will stop squabbling.
     
  14. bubbleboys

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    I really hope you guys turned around and called him out on it (or administered a beating) [​IMG]

    +1

    My roommate wants me to pay more on the heating bill because I spend more time at home then she does. Seems a little cheap to me, as I've always split bills down the middle with roommates.

    does seem cheap IMO but not unjustified. Definitely a grey area. I probably would have just let it go unless you were using ridiculous amounts of utilities.

    a guy i know asked if he can share with someone else at a buffet.

    my house mate asked me to split the cost of detergent with him. $2, are you serious?!


    Wow cheap, one of my suite mates senior year of college refused to pick up anything communal. The rest of us just gave up since whenever we asked her to pick up anything, she would just keep putting it off until one of us gave in. She was a complete bitch too, left her garbage all over the suite, left her shit all over the suite, used our personal stuff without permission and didn't even take care of it (aka left my tv on all night, never washed the pots and dishes she used), slept on the communal couch instead of her bed so none of us could ever really use it. We ended up filing so many complaints with the college housing board that they eventually were like there's nothing we can do, please stop sending us complaints. Turns out college housing boards have no more power than the rest of us.

    Pretty much suite mate from hell.
     
  15. JohnGalt

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    Wow cheap, one of my suite mates senior year of college refused to pick up anything communal. The rest of us just gave up since whenever we asked her to pick up anything, she would just keep putting it off until one of us gave in. She was a complete bitch too, left her garbage all over the suite, left her shit all over the suite, used our personal stuff without permission and didn't even take care of it (aka left my tv on all night, never washed the pots and dishes she used), slept on the communal couch instead of her bed so none of us could ever really use it. We ended up filing so many complaints with the college housing board that they eventually were like there's nothing we can do, please stop sending us complaints. Turns out college housing boards have no more power than the rest of us.

    Pretty much suite mate from hell.


    ...way back when I was a freshman in college we had a roommate like that. We complained a bit, but there was not much that could be done. One day he came back from class and all his shit was out in the hallway. That was the end of that.
     
  16. chronoaug

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    I disagree about the utilities thing being a grey area. Even if the other roomate isn't at home as much to use them, you still need utilities to run a house and each roomate has the same oppurtunity to use it. You can't choose to never use them. The only area where i see this being ok to not split down the middle is if your roomate openly doesn't want to ever use the internet/tv and not split it. Then i'd be pretty pissed if he/she tried to watch tv or use the internet on occasion (even if rarely) because it's an all or nothing kind of thing. Lots of roomates in college spend a majority of their time at class/part time job and then remaining time at a girlfriend/boyfriend's apartment. But you can't skimp on your utilities like that. Just move in with the other person and have your roomate rent your room out if that's the case.
     
  17. VKK3450

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    Exception case: My buddy had a roommate who started a business out of their house and started not only using a ton more utilities, but had people in and out, commandeered the garage and spare room, etc. Then on top of everything else tried to tax deduct the rent and utilities without sharing the benefit.

    Needless to say him and his business soon relocated.

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  18. bubbleboys

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    I disagree about the utilities thing being a grey area. Even if the other roomate isn't at home as much to use them, you still need utilities to run a house and each roomate has the same oppurtunity to use it. You can't choose to never use them. The only area where i see this being ok to not split down the middle is if your roomate openly doesn't want to ever use the internet/tv and not split it. Then i'd be pretty pissed if he/she tried to watch tv or use the internet on occasion (even if rarely) because it's an all or nothing kind of thing. Lots of roomates in college spend a majority of their time at class/part time job and then remaining time at a girlfriend/boyfriend's apartment. But you can't skimp on your utilities like that. Just move in with the other person and have your roomate rent your room out if that's the case.

    what I meant when I was writing "grey area" was that without more information we couldn't make a judgement call on that (not that it's our place to make one).

    I'd agree with you for the most part, mainly just because utilities in my experience never added up to a particularly huge expense so if one person used a lot of electricity, it wasn't that much more per person and it wasn't worth the trouble of bringing it up.
     
  19. bubbleboys

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    ...way back when I was a freshman in college we had a roommate like that. We complained a bit, but there was not much that could be done. One day he came back from class and all his shit was out in the hallway. That was the end of that.

    we seriously considered it but we pretty much didn't because she was a girl and it would look so bad for us if we did that to her. If it was a dude, oh his shit's gone after the first week.
     
  20. DrFaustus

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    I hate it when people are cheap. It's so embarrassing in my mind to care so much about so little that you'd go to the lenghts of inconveniencing yourself and others to save a few dollars. Nothing wrong with trying to get a good deal or buying things on sale etc. But I find that if you pay for your friends things, they tend to pay for things for you the next time. If they don't, then find new friends.

    I'll come back from the bar with 3 beers for friends and I, and when my friend goes up to get another drink, he'll surely come back with one for me. That's the way things should work. I'm pretty sure I would call out any peer of mine if they were being too cheap.

    If you have no money, don't go out. Unless someone else is willing to help you out, but pay your tips and don't argue about stupid shit.


    I completely agree. I've dropped quite a few friends for being inconsiderate, cheap, and unappreciative.
     

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