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#84076 of 91779 Re: HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLES ARE NOT ALL THEY ARE HYPED TO BE [isellhondas]
Sep 23, 2012 (4:15 pm)
One waitperson was asked for extra lemon wedges by one of these people. She caught the customer making his own lemonade using water, the lemons and half the sugar in the container
Hey, I know a guy doing just that (not me, but somebody I know well and go lunch sometimes)! I myself also squeeze the lemon (usually don't buy a drink, sometimes do) into the water, but don't add sugar and don't ask for extra wedges (unless getting more water).
I like saving money, I sometimes let my decisions sway if I see a clear monetary benefit, even if I can afford the regular price. I also tip average (not poorly, but not great either - I see no reason to throw money at people just because they smiled and work hard - I do, too). I also go for buy one get one deal in a restaurant, when it drops a coupon in our break room. Hope it doesn't make a bad person in your book.
#84077 of 91779 Re: HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLES ARE NOT ALL THEY ARE HYPED TO BE [driver100]
Sep 23, 2012 (4:19 pm)
As hard as those waiters have to work, plus all they have to put up with, any tips they get should not be taxed at all, or make the first $15,000 exempt. After all, it is not mandatory to tip so you could consider it a gift.
#84078 of 91779 Re: HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLES ARE NOT ALL THEY ARE HYPED TO BE [abacomike]
Sep 23, 2012 (4:21 pm)
Sometimes being cheap is what makes you having money. But seriously, I always weigh things: do I want the thing (service) or would I rather have the money. I found that there are a lot of things that are nice, but I still'd rather have the money. When I find something I want (need) to have, then I part the money - but not so easy. Sometimes I wait a little, just to see if I still need or want it, week or two later. If I do, I buy, of course at a place that offers best price. Call this cheap, I don't care
#84079 of 91779 Re: Jmonroe [fezo]
Sep 23, 2012 (4:27 pm)
Makes sense...until a war comes along and we get our supply cut off.
#84080 of 91779 Re: HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLES ARE NOT ALL THEY ARE HYPED TO BE [dino001]
Sep 23, 2012 (4:35 pm)
People are funny critters. Certainly there is nothing wrong in stretching your money as far as it will go, but some people overdo it.
I have noticed that some people who are cheap on the little things that don't really matter, will turn around and waste much more money on the big things that do matter.
#84081 of 91779 Re: HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLES ARE NOT ALL THEY ARE HYPED TO BE [dino001]
Sep 23, 2012 (4:44 pm)
Sometimes being cheap is what makes you having money...
There is a huge difference between being careful and/or judicious with how you spend your money and being just plain cheap!
A person who is cheap or "chintzy" with a dollar is usually someone who "has" money but refuses to part with it. As an example, a cheap person will work hard at looking for reasons not to spend a dime while a careful person will think twice as to whether or not it's worth a dime and then decide. A cheap person looks for ways not to spend money when confronted with "...do I ask for lemon wedges to make lemonade or do I buy an iced tea? The careful person would never consider the lemon wedges to avoid paying for an iced tea - he would buy the iced tea and spend a buck or two or he won't buy the iced tea.
Do you see the difference?
A cheap person would rather put regular gas in his new car rather than premium, which it requires while a careful person would look for the station that sells premium for the lowest price.
A cheap person buys birthday cards only at the flea market for a buck each and if he runs out if cards, rather than spend $3.50 for a card would give no card while the careful person would buy a less expensive card by going out looking at Walmart or Target.
A cheap person would leave a $2.00 tip under the dinner plate for a $50.00 meal with his family while the careful person would leave 15% as a tip.
I hope you see what I am trying to convey.
#84082 of 91779 Re: HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLES ARE NOT ALL THEY ARE HYPED TO BE [houdini1]
Sep 23, 2012 (4:59 pm)
I have noticed that people who are cheap on the little things...
I agree totally with that statement, *houdini. My father is like that. One of the men he used to play golf with invited all the members of his foursome to brunch last week. My father asked me, "...should I get him a birthday card?" I said of course! So, we were in Walmart the day before and we were looking at cards. Most we're between $2.50 and $3.50. He said he isn't going to spend that kind of money on a birthday card for his old golfing buddy. I said, "..WHAT? You must be joking? He said no, he isn't going to spend $2.50 on a birthday card. A lady overheard him and said they have .50 cent cards over at Target. He made me drive to Target, buy a .50 cent card, and then I drove him home. He didn't care that it cost me $3.00 in gas to go to Target and back. Then he gets on the phone and calls the other guys who were invited an told them they owed him .10 each as he had bought a birthday card at Target for the man whose birthday it was. THAT IS BEING CHEAP! But then he thinks nothing about giving me $5000 toward the new Mercedes.
When he opens his wallet for non-family members, you can see the moths fly out. But for his family - anything!
#84083 of 91779 Re: HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLES ARE NOT ALL THEY ARE HYPED TO BE [abacomike]
Sep 23, 2012 (4:59 pm)
Yes, I do. I think from your description, I'd definitely define myself as careful with money, or frugal even, but I guess I'm not cheap...
Sep 23, 2012 (5:05 pm)
I am one of those big tippers. I feel that if I'm rewarded for great service I can show my appreciation. For example, a group of us went to dinner last night. There was eight of us, and a 20% tip was included in the bill. It divided up to $92/couple. The waitress was excellent and the meal as well so I suggested we do 95/couple to give a little extra.
It certainly wasn't necessary, but I thought a few extra bucks was a nice gesture.
I frequent a Cruise forum quite frequently as well. I can't believe the conversations that start about tipping and how flat out cheap people can be.
#84085 of 91779 Re: HARD-TOP CONVERTIBLES ARE NOT ALL THEY ARE HYPED TO BE [dino001]
Sep 23, 2012 (5:16 pm)
Yes I do, and I think from your description...
Being frugal is perfectly fine! Being careful with a buck is perfectly fine! Looking for excuses or ways to avoid spending any money when you have money is being cheap!
One thing most of you guys know about me is that I am certainly not cheap, frugal or careful with a buck. When it comes to new cars, the opposite is true. Even when it comes to giving strangers at the traffic lights a few bucks I'm game (you know - the ones who hold up signs that they are hungry or need work).
I always think things out before spending the money, but then I spend it anyway. I am an overly generous person - almost to a fault. I don't leave tips based on a % of the bill, I just give big tips if the service was excellent and have even stiffed a waiter if the service was bad. But frugal is not a word most people who know me would use to describe me. Unfortunately! If I was more frugal over the past 20 years, I'd be a multimillionaire today.