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Just How Cheap Are You?

Mango ManMango Man Posts: 11,730 AG
edited June 9 in Off Topic #1
I drive a Mercedes.

I'll buy most of my food and snacks from Aldi with some staples from Publix or Ingles. It kills me what these guys charge for some things.

I'll buy some under wear from Target or Wally World.

Some cloths I buy from a discount store such as Hamrick's or Beall's.

Nothing but the best fishing & hunting gear.

I am not afraid to spend a C-note on a dinner for two.






America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln
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  • PolarPolar Lake WorthPosts: 22,485 AG
    I drive a lowrider, that a 16 year old should be driving. 
    Ive dumped a ton into it, but drink popov vodka and publix brand cranberry
  • OGFOGF Posts: 1,012 Officer
    The shorts I am wearing I bought from Walmart for 8 dollars.

    Got an email from Fresh Market this morning. Wednesday one day only 1.99 boneless skinless chicken thighs... That made my morning LOL.

    I spend a lot eating out and on my motorcycle.
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 13,637 Moderator
    I still purchase about 60% of my clothes from Goodwill.

    I turn the lights off when I leave a room and raise Cain when others do not.

    I've never bought anything in one day in my life.

    My biggest argument with my wife is where the thermostat should be set. Summertime, I say 76. She says 73.





    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 12,020 AG
    I squeak.
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • NickhoogNickhoog Posts: 1,020 Officer
    I should more frugal...
  • treemanjohntreemanjohn Posts: 6,237 Admiral
    I would rather hurt once on a purchase that multiple times. I like to buy lasting quality that has a good payback
    We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing, and that ends
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,217 Admiral
    I agree with John.  I have some nice reels that are 10+ years old and still work perfectly.  My fishing buddy "saved" money by going cheap and has replaced his reels multiple times.  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • Buford CletusBuford Cletus Posts: 2,024 Captain
    I still purchase about 60% of my clothes from Goodwill.

    I turn the lights off when I leave a room and raise Cain when others do not.

    I've never bought anything in one day in my life.

    My biggest argument with my wife is where the thermostat should be set. Summertime, I say 76. She says 73.




    What does that one mean Ferris?
  • GardawgGardawg The Sportfishing Capital Of The WorldPosts: 11,924 AG
    edited June 9 #12
    Drive a Mercedes.  6 years old for me.  8 years old for wife.   She'll get a new one soon. 

    Planning a trip to Italy next year. Maybe. 

    I still save roaches. 

    I have a pair of $600 shoes that I've worn once.  I knew it was a waste when I bought them but wife insisted.  

    Thermostat at 72 in summer.  Wife's in a thin gown. I'm wearing a hoodie and sweat pants.  

    I don't know if we even turned on the heat last 'winter'.

    I buy what ever food I want and don't even look at the prices.  

    Doubt if I'll die broke so don't worry too much about scrimping.

    I'll be 72 in a few days. 




    "Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can be sometimes easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love." Fred Rogers  
  • cadmancadman Home of the Gators Posts: 36,511 AG
    edited June 9 #13
    I shop online for most clothes these days. Try to find a sale. 

    Thermostat at 77 or 78.

    Truck's 18 years old.

    Turn lights off or outside like the porch and backyard, use motion detectors. 

    My Penn reels are 30 years old. Easy to rebuild. My newest reel is over 10 years. 

    Not really cheap though. Just don't like to waste money

    What would be more interesting is how much we wasted when we were young. If I had that, I'd be retired already. Especially the money I wasted on women , including my ex. 

    Mini Mart Magnate

    I am just here for my amusement. 

  • jetmech2jetmech2 Panhandle Posts: 915 Officer
    I use a cast net instead of buying bait. 😎
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 13,637 Moderator
    I still purchase about 60% of my clothes from Goodwill.

    I turn the lights off when I leave a room and raise Cain when others do not.

    I've never bought anything in one day in my life.

    My biggest argument with my wife is where the thermostat should be set. Summertime, I say 76. She says 73.




    What does that one mean Ferris?
    That I'm not an impulse buyer. I'll gnaw on a deal like an old dog on a bone before pulling the trigger.

    A number of years ago, I had a deal offered to me. I said I'd have to think about it. The seller started the old "it'll be gone if you don't buy it now."

    A buddy of mine told the seller, "The boy ain't never bought anything in one day in his life." I'd never thought about that before but it's pretty well right."

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 13,637 Moderator
    cadman said:
    I shop online for most clothes these days. Try to find a sale. 

    Thermostat at 77 or 78.

    Truck's 18 years old.

    Turn lights off or outside like the porch and backyard, use motion detectors. 

    My Penn reels are 30 years old. Easy to rebuild. My newest reel is over 10 years. 

    Not really cheap though. Just don't like to waste money

    What would be more interesting is how much we wasted when we were young. If I had that, I'd be retired already. Especially the money I wasted on women , including my ex. 

    This........

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • cadmancadman Home of the Gators Posts: 36,511 AG
    I still purchase about 60% of my clothes from Goodwill.

    I turn the lights off when I leave a room and raise Cain when others do not.

    I've never bought anything in one day in my life.

    My biggest argument with my wife is where the thermostat should be set. Summertime, I say 76. She says 73.




    What does that one mean Ferris?
    That I'm not an impulse buyer. I'll gnaw on a deal like an old dog on a bone before pulling the trigger.

    A number of years ago, I had a deal offered to me. I said I'd have to think about it. The seller started the old "it'll be gone if you don't buy it now."

    A buddy of mine told the seller, "The boy ain't never bought anything in one day in his life." I'd never thought about that before but it's pretty well right."
    You're like my brother. I joke that if he won the lottery you could come beck a year later and he would still be deciding what to spend an of it on. 

    Mini Mart Magnate

    I am just here for my amusement. 

  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,217 Admiral
    edited June 9 #18
    I never understood the 'turn off lights' stance.  I could be wrong, but when compared to AC, water heater, fridge/freezer, microwave, stove, oven, TVs, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, etc...  I can't imagine lights are a meaningful part of my electric bill.  I could be wrong I guess.  I didn't google my position.  

    Edit
    Lord only knows how much power my ps5 and surround sound take on a per hour basis.  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,217 Admiral
    edited June 9 #20
    Turning off the lights was instilled in me by 2 parents who lived through the depression. 

    Anyway, why have lights on in a room where nobody is?

    I would think, before the electronic age, lights were probably a large part of an electric bill.  Still could be I guess, depending on activities within a household. 

    I don't disagree.  We hardly turn on lights, we have great natural lighting.  I just don't grill my kids if a light is kept on, given it doesn't seem like a large cost.  But waste is still waste, no doubt.

    Edit
    In my case the wife likes to keep the house at 68F....  I know what is driving my electric bill.  House is cold, but I'm not fighting that battle.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 2,708 Captain
    I will spend too much time searching for a better deal on things and sometimes miss out on the "sale". 

    Truck prices are prime example.  I was waiting on them to drop more after covid, and that backfired on me big time! 

  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 11,730 AG
    Turning off the lights was instilled in me by 2 parents who lived through the depression. 

    Anyway, why have lights on in a room where nobody is?

    This. 

    All your doing is throwing money away on a room that no one is using. 


    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • evernic1evernic1 NMBPosts: 704 Officer
    Mango Man said:
    Turning off the lights was instilled in me by 2 parents who lived through the depression. 

    Anyway, why have lights on in a room where nobody is?

    This. 

    All your doing is throwing money away on a room that no one is using. 
    and even if  it's pennies...it adds up over 70-80 years    :)
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  • Billy No MatesBilly No Mates Posts: 3,254 Captain
    Spent my whole life being cheap. People always teased me about it. Retired now and planning a trip to Africa, Hawaii and several European trips when the travel is a little easier. Not getting teased any longer. I was cheap for a reason but not any more.

    One of hundreds of examples. I use to turn the air off even in the summer when I got about a mile from home to save a little gas. I could list a hundred things I did. But they worked.
  • evernic1evernic1 NMBPosts: 704 Officer
    I'm not cheap, I'm frugal, raised by parents that also went through depression. My Dad used to say, we lived on a farm, had plenty to eat, wood for fires and cooking, we didn't know there was a depression. But it still made them and me, hate waste of any kind. IF our Gov. would curtail 20% of the waste they cause, our taxes could easily be 30% less, or more.
    Half of my "quality" fishing gear was bought used in good condition for half or less than half new cost, Like I said I'm frugal
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  • treemanjohntreemanjohn Posts: 6,237 Admiral
    I will spend too much time searching for a better deal on things and sometimes miss out on the "sale". 

    Truck prices are prime example.  I was waiting on them to drop more after covid, and that backfired on me big time! 

    Think long think wrong
    We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing, and that ends
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 2,708 Captain
    I will spend too much time searching for a better deal on things and sometimes miss out on the "sale". 

    Truck prices are prime example.  I was waiting on them to drop more after covid, and that backfired on me big time! 

    Think long think wrong
    Ya, who would have guessed used vehicle prices would spike?!   Can't recall when that has happened to a depreciating asset? 
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,217 Admiral
    evernic1 said:
    I'm not cheap, I'm frugal, raised by parents that also went through depression. My Dad used to say, we lived on a farm, had plenty to eat, wood for fires and cooking, we didn't know there was a depression. But it still made them and me, hate waste of any kind. IF our Gov. would curtail 20% of the waste they cause, our taxes could easily be 30% less, or more.
    Half of my "quality" fishing gear was bought used in good condition for half or less than half new cost, Like I said I'm frugal
    There is a lot to be said about that.  I drive a normal compact car, have an old smart phone, I don't have expensive cable packages.  People laugh, but I plan on retiring at 55, so when I'm fishing every day of the week I won't be able to hear there laughter in the quiet mountains.  
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 11,730 AG
    I will spend too much time searching for a better deal on things and sometimes miss out on the "sale". 

    Truck prices are prime example.  I was waiting on them to drop more after covid, and that backfired on me big time! 

    Think long think wrong
    Ya, who would have guessed used vehicle prices would spike?!   Can't recall when that has happened to a depreciating asset? 
    Since it's hard getting anything for manufacturing I saw this coming a mile away.


    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 2,708 Captain
    Mango Man said:
    I will spend too much time searching for a better deal on things and sometimes miss out on the "sale". 

    Truck prices are prime example.  I was waiting on them to drop more after covid, and that backfired on me big time! 

    Think long think wrong
    Ya, who would have guessed used vehicle prices would spike?!   Can't recall when that has happened to a depreciating asset? 
    Since it's hard getting anything for manufacturing I saw this coming a mile away.

    I get it now, but the first 3-4 months of 2020, a lack of microchips did not cross my mind!  I think the desire by many to buy boats/rvs also increased the need for tow vehicles?
  • Jstubby2Jstubby2 Posts: 278 Deckhand
    I was also raised by depression era parents. A lot of good lesson taught about what's essential & what's not. I like to think I'm frugal as opposed to cheap. That said there are a few things I have recently changed my approach to & food is one, I no longer buy the ranchers choice steaks @ WD. The price is attractive but it just ain't worth it. It's choice or prime these days! My parents never financed anything but the house we grew up in & a few cars. My mom would eat beans before she would miss a bill. I also don't mind paying for quality. I had to laugh when Ferris said he never bought any thing in one day. I just told my brother the day I'm so tight it takes me a week to decide in a pair of pants😎 The best deal I ever got on a truck took nearly 2 months to cut the deal. I wasn't necerally in a hurry, & the truck was still. I would stop in once a week or so & check on it & beat on them somemore, it got to the point the sales man would hide when he saw me coming. Finally cut a deal & got them to throw in a bed liner & sliding rear window. Read in the paper the next week they had filed for bankruptcy.
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