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6.30.2014

Cheapskate Tendencies

my cheapskate ways are showing themselves more and more lately.  i guess i am my father's daughter after all (even though he won't use gift cards.  whaaat?  i live for gift cards...)  personally, i call this 'frugal' but there's a few things that might get me featured on extreme cheapskates soon:

i pick up change.  it makes john crazy, but i always do it.  that random change laying in the street?  i get it.  even pennies.  last week i made him hold the elevator doors open so i could get the 11 cents that was trapped in the doors' grates.  what?!  if i picked up 11 cents every day, that's over $40 in free money each year.  in blogger terms, that's a free urban decay naked palette every year.  (the cover image of extreme cheapskates on netflix is a guy picking up change...oh here, found it for you.)


i won't pay fees.  on anything, ever.  i won't get cash out of a non-chase bank atm.  i won't get a credit card with an annual fee no matter what rewards they offer.  i make sure the minimum balance is always in my checking so i don't have to pay a monthly fee and ensure i never overdraft.

i won't buy magazines or books.  library, yo.  same reason i won't buy movies or music, just go rent it at the library.  not only is it free and what your taxes are paying for, but it has the added bonus of not cluttering up your house because you have to return everything.

i think paying for water is crazy.  get a brita filter water bottle and carry it everywhere.

i flat out refuse to go anywhere that charges cover.  i do not pay cover to get into bars.  ever.  it makes my blood boil, especially if it's more than $5.  i promise to spend that money on liquor once inside your establishment, but no way i'm paying just to enter your doors.  i think this is because the owner of an unnamed bar in iowa (cough, one eyed jake's) would take the cash earned from door fees and just go to vegas.  and truth be told, i rarely enjoy any place that would charge a cover.  it sets off a douche vibe from the start.

i ask for discounts.  i got this one from my dad, he won't pay full price for anything.  i always ask for discounts.  i ask my favorite restaurants for a loyalty discount, neighborhood discount, or maybe free chips and salsa.  i ask my favorite bars for a free beer because hey we just bought 3 pitchers.  john's all 'omg i can pay for 1 beer.'  that's not the point.  i don't even care if it's $1 off, it's still saving money.  i don't do this everywhere, but if i'm a loyal customer, i appreciate you acknowledging my repeat business.  with a free bonus ;)

i ask for it for the blog.  if it's something i really really want to try, i ask for it for free or for a discount in exchange for reviewing it here and telling you all my feelings on it (and my reviews of planners are the highest viewed posts on here.)  just ask - what's the worst they can say, no?

and here's where i'm not cheap - i still pay $25 for a 5 lb bag of food for hawkeye.  princess does not eat grainy processed kibble.  i never skimp on pet care.

tell me some of your cheapskate tendencies!  perhaps i'll adopt those too.

39 comments:

  1. We just quit cable/satellite. We're going to see how long we can live on just Hulu and Netflix. I pay for two audiobooks a month, so between internet, reading, and audiobooks, I'm sufficiently entertained!
    And I'm right there with you on the good dog food. It's a must. I put a lot of love into my dogs, so I want them to live as long and as healthily as possible!

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  2. If I have to pay for shipping, I'm not buying it! I will buy a damn $1 trial size shampoo to make up the difference and put myself over the limit before I pay for shipping! haha

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  3. HAHA, I do the same thing as Amanda when it comes to paying for shipping. The britta water bottle is my thing too. I absolutely HATE if I forget it and have to buy water. And yeah, Khaleesi eats about as well as I do. I won't skimp on anything puppy related. As for my own food, it drives me absolutely nuts when I have to buy something at a grocery store and know that it is much cheaper at Trader Joe's.

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  4. Lately Jon and I have been renovating the house, so we've been purchasing a lot of things like stove tops, lights, TVs, etc. Typically we watch the price of the item on Amazon for a while before purchasing to make sure we're getting it at it's lowest price -- but continue to watch it for ~2 mo afterwards, because if by chance the price does drop lower, then we call the credit card company and they refund us the difference :)

    Quinn
    www.Desgettier.com

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    1. That's so smart! I always watch for a good deal, but I never think to check it again after I bought it. Which is silly, because prices drop all the time. I'm going to remember that one!

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  5. ha! Your comment about not skimping on pet care made me smile. My neighbor buys her great dane top quality dog food, but recently her dog has been really depressed (she was severely abused before my neighbor adopted her, so the vet thinks she's suffering from some PTSD) and the only way she's been able to get her dog to eat anything is to sprinkle in some Kibbles & Bits on top of the really nice dog food. We joke that the dog is insisting on sprinkles or is a junk food junkie. She's such a sweetheart, though. :)

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  6. This post speaks to my heart. i won't do any of these things either...why pay full price when you don't have to?

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  7. Every month I am looking on ways to save on internet/TV, and anything other non-essentials but I still splurge on things. I need to cut back. I hate paying for shipping, and I will check to see if there are coupons online before buying anything.

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  8. Paying for water is crazy, some places in Europe even charge you to just sit in the restaurant and eat! With our trip coming up we will be on the lookout for these hidden fees because there is no way I am paying for them.

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    1. Oh that's nuts, I wouldn't pay! I get it if it's super touristy and people sit and take up space just to watch the view but... if they order something, they should not be charged on top of that!

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  9. I buy cheap toilet paper. There. That's my cheap thing about me.

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  10. I'm rarely ever cheap. Sometimes I'm wishing I was more cheap... especially when it comes to looking at my credit card bill at the end of the month :/

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  11. But now I want more tips on how to go about and who to ask for discounts! A few other bloggers have told me about asking for stuff for their blogs and it's tempting but I haven't done it... yet. I'm a fan of coupon-ing and using the Cartwheel app at Target... nothing too crazy for me, though.

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  12. I absolutely refuse to buy clothes that are not on sale, with so many "holiday sales" all year there really isn't a reason to pay full price!

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  13. ok I officially have no doubt in my mind that you and I would be friends in real life. the change, the water, not paying full price... i could go one. just yes.

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  14. I'm totally the same way - I buy the crappy stuff for myself and pinch pennies, yet I still splurge on the spendy organic pet food. Only the best for my babies, haha!

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  15. Too funny! :) I drink tap water without batting an eye, I pick up change, I always accept freebies from work, and I pretty much won't pay full price for ANYTHING!!

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  16. I check for coupons before buying anything.

    I'll drink tap water.

    I loathe paying cover and will not do it.

    My dogs eat better than I do.

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  17. I think these are all perfectly acceptable. I could never watch that Extreme Cheapskates show, though, because those people make me so mad.

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  18. I need to get one of the filter water bottles. I also won't pay a cover charge (or wait in line). No bar is worth it and like you said, they usually are more douchey because of it.

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  19. A lot of places will match if they are having sales....Nordstroms, TB etc....same thing with the grocery store. When Publix has BOGO's other places have to accept them. Oh I was at Walgreens the other day and I asked the cashier if she had any coupons and bam 6 dollars off later I was very happy ;-)

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  20. Cooper and my cats eat the expensive food. There is no reason to skimp on that!
    I'm an avid coupon user at the grocery store (if I'm not going to Aldi).
    If I have to eat lunch out for work I always choose a place I have a coupon for.
    I don't water the lawn, only my veggies.
    Every time I take a weekend trip to my parent's house I bring all my laundry and do it there :)

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  21. This is so funny!! We are addicted to that show. You are a cheapskate, but frugal. I like it.

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  22. Im guilty of a lot of these but I most definitely asked for discounts!!

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  23. I'm bad at this - except paying for water; that's just plain DUMB.
    A friend of mine never pays full price for clothing, yet I'm the girl that can't be bothered looking through sales racks (they're so cluttered). And even in countries where haggling is encouraged, I ask how much something is and pay full price. I'm a salesperson's dream.

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  24. I hate to pay for shipping and will rarely do. If I can't get free shipping, I'm looking elsewhere...except for Etsy stuff. I just can't haggle...I feel embarrassed.

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  25. I definitely stay on top of things when it comes to not paying extra fees. I really don't like spending any more money than I have to unless it's really fun. I don't like paying for haircuts, so I cut my own bangs at home (after all I know how I want my bangs cut)...lately, especially, I pretty much just don't shop at all. We only grocery shop every two weeks...mostly though, I just try to keep our baseline bills really low, which they are. We have a well, so we don't pay water. We just have a rent, gas, electric, car insurance, and cellphone bill and that's it for fixed costs every month, and they're all relatively low. (18 year old cars don't require the priciest of insurance perks...) haha!

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  26. Oh I think I just fell in love with you! I NEVER pay full price for anything...When my contracts are about to run out on my utilities, I ring around to other companies to find out what they are offering in the way of discounts, then I call my company and ask them to give me a better deal, they always do because they don't want to lose a customer.

    I'm also a member of a rewards card called Fly Buys in Australia. You basically get points for shopping in certain stores. I use those points to purchase movie tickets, so when my daughter and I go to the city, we have somewhere we can go that won't cost us money.

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  27. hold the phone....you go to the library?! I thought I was the only person under 60 still renting shit out. forget netflix, the lib is free and I don't have to lug those boxes of books and DVD sets around every time I move.

    as far as being a cheapskate: I buy generic, clip coupons, and spend minutes of my life looking for discount codes and free shipping. like some ladies mentioned above, if I have to pay more than $5 for shipping, I'm not buying it on principle.

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  28. oh snap! Why haven't I done this? I mean, I do rewash my disposable cups and plasticware if I'm using it around the house between hubs and I...maybe I could just use my own, but maybe sometimes I just want to throw it away.
    I don't know I'm crazy...

    Andie's Traveling Pants

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  29. I'm definitely a change saver (& picker-upper most times). My friend and I were sweeping the office up the other day and there was a dime in the pile & she said, "I'm not getting that out of there, not even worried about it" (I should note that she HATES change)...I said, 'okay...' as I was holding the dustpan...I looked at it for a few & was like, 'yea, I'm gonna get that...money is money.' & I rinsed it off & put it my pocket. lol.

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  30. i hate paying fees to or for water. i almost always order water at restaurants because i'm cheap. whenever i buy anything online, i always search for a coupon too or i'll try to wait for a good sale. i've also been known to bring receipts back to stores to get a price adjustment when something i bought is now on sale. #noshame

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  31. Shit, I won't buy any article of clothing if it's over $20. It has to be pretty damn special to get me to spend more than that. I don't pick up change all the time but that's because there's so much laying around me everywhere I go. I spill change all the time. lol.

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  32. I'm the same way! I pick up change while I'm on runs, and I'm always, always bartering (especially with the blog!) I'm so cheap, I'll be featured on Extreme Cheapskates this winter, they recorded a session at my casa..hahaha!

    I love finding fellow frugal awesome people! :)

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  33. I'm with you on the library! I love my local library! And I'm bad about free shipping for online shopping. If my cart has $75 and I need $100 to get free shipping, I will add something then return it to the store. LOL!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  34. Myself and Jason ALWAYS pick any and all change we see. Hello free money. It all adds up. And some people when they move out of the apartments just leave the change all over the floor, likes it beneath them to pick it up and take it with them.

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  35. I love the idea of this post, may have to borrow it! (And credit your lovely face of course)... just stumbled upon your blog and have been wandering around - love it!

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  36. I am so with on not skimping on my pup! Only the best food for her. :)

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    1. You just have to spoil them! Plus, good food lengthens their lives. Worth it!

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