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(Washington Post)   Meet the cheapest people of the year   (washingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2001-07-16 12:13:51 PM  
Most people I've met like that are rich folks.
 
2001-07-16 12:14:05 PM  
B.J. - the poor kid. You'd think the mother would give him something larger than a drinking straw...
 
2001-07-16 12:16:51 PM  
Shoot the poor - a splendid renewable energy source.
 
2001-07-16 12:20:10 PM  
This might be Urban Legend:

But I heard of a "Cheapness Contest".
The winner that year won because
he would wipe himself using only a single square of
toilet paper. If the TP was multi-ply he
would seperate the plys and use only one ply.
 
2001-07-16 12:20:10 PM  
This might be Urban Legend:

But I heard of a "Cheapness Contest".
The winner that year won because
he would wipe himself using only a single square of
toilet paper. If the TP was multi-ply he
would seperate the plys and use only one ply.
 
2001-07-16 12:23:42 PM  
I should have nominated my mom.
 
2001-07-16 12:26:19 PM  
I once saw a guy on tv who lives on a dollar a day.

He said that if his girlfriend wants to go out with
him in the evenings or go on holiday, she has to pay,
'cause he's happy staying at home.
 
2001-07-16 12:27:59 PM  
Wow, that beats my program: one up, one down, and one to polish.

okay it's a shameless rip-off of Red Dwarf's Rimmer (at the very least).
 
2001-07-16 12:28:15 PM  
I'm very cheap. And we also save straws.
 
2001-07-16 12:30:16 PM  
I sincerely hope the straw-kid's mom teaches the young lad to wash & reuse condoms in his later years. Especially the discarded condoms he finds on the ground while strolling through the park.
 
2001-07-16 12:32:33 PM  
I do re-use drinking straws, plastic forks, and plastic cups from fastfood restaurants, but because of environmental reasons, they're often sturdy enough to last quite a while so why throw them away after one use? We produce enough garbage in our towns and cities. I have to add I never considered if, and how much, money I saved by not buying plastic cups and straws... none I guess, I wouldn't bother using straws if I didn't happen to have some laying around, and I have plenty of cups & forks at home anyhow.
The other people in the article are major cheapskates, I could see getting someone a present at a second-hand bookstore if it's still current, (*no* news magazines!!!), also in the spirit of recycling or because that way you could get someone lots more magazines for the same price, but just present it as is and don't offer it as a regular subscription, that's just plain weird.
 
2001-07-16 12:45:09 PM  
I don't see reusing straws as a way to save money so much as a way to cut waste material. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
 
2001-07-16 12:46:53 PM  
And I thought I was a cheap bastard for stockpiling all my roaches and rolling joints out of them.
 
2001-07-16 12:47:49 PM  
Sue Sexton of Mechanicsville, Va., wins second place. Sexton wrote: "Instead of buying me a birthday card, my husband will take me to Wal-Mart, pick me out a card and show it to me. He then tells me to read it, and when I finish reading he proceeds to put it back in the card rack."

Ronald Sexton said sometimes he picks out a really expensive card for his wife to read and put back.


Ron is just an asshole. Make a freakin' card if you don't want to buy one.
 
2001-07-16 12:52:06 PM  
Yup! I agree. What a total arse.


I bet he makes her re-use cotton swabs.
 
2001-07-16 12:53:54 PM  
I'm too poor to be cheap
 
2001-07-16 01:01:55 PM  
boobies:
Ever think maybe that is one reason they are rich...because they pay attention to where their money goes?
Just a thought...
 
2001-07-16 01:03:20 PM  
damn...i just discovered that Fark filters "boobies and replaces it with "boobies".
sneaky
 
2001-07-16 01:03:58 PM  
s'hit! "Boobies" is what I'm trying to get in here.

farkers!
 
2001-07-16 01:04:52 PM  

Greeting card guy needs to get a clue. MojoMonkey has the right idea -- hand-made cards are cheaper and will almost universally go over better than a generic store-bought one.

I'm a really big fan of handmade gifts or secondhand things (books espescially, but whatever) as gifts (both to give and to receive). Less waste and random consumerism, and I would genuinely much rather receive a gift of a tattered paperback from someone's collection that they thought I might enjoy, as opposed to some generic bit of houseware, consumer electronics, or innofensive pop culture that happened to be on sale (aka the "Far Side" Desk Calendar Effect).

But magazine guy, in my opinion, has little sense of style, and packaging some years-old magazines as a "subscription" just strikes me as patronizing.

 
2001-07-16 01:09:37 PM  
Grav8e: boobies.

There, now view source for how to address that problem.
 
2001-07-16 01:10:19 PM  
Holy crap, the filter got rid of that too. Neat.
 
2001-07-16 01:12:33 PM  
The only good reason to save plastic knives and stuff that you eventually acquire en masse from fast food places is for using them to serve a large well-done steak to the people who show up at your BBQs uninvited.
 
2001-07-16 01:24:21 PM  
Heh, I save chopsticks. Now have tons of them in the drawer, but at least I'm prepaired for an impromptu sushi party.
 
2001-07-16 01:25:47 PM  
Test for Kenh: 1st Post
 
2001-07-16 01:27:10 PM  
First Post ... ("boobies" of "Frist Psot", I wonder?)
 
2001-07-16 01:28:18 PM  
Hey Drew - I thought the Perl filter for HTML comments was a one-liner?
 
2001-07-16 01:30:16 PM  
First Post First Post First Post First Post First Post First Post waaahahahaha! hahaa!
 
2001-07-16 01:30:52 PM  
"I Live with fear...And sometimes she lets me fish."
 
2001-07-16 01:30:53 PM  
(sorry. went overboard. won't let it happen again)
 
2001-07-16 01:32:45 PM  
(i prefer boobies to primary submissions anyway)
 
2001-07-16 01:32:54 PM  
Honk your at work and bored!
 
2001-07-16 01:33:08 PM  
One of the girls at the office asked if I'd buy her a diamond ring that was displayed in a jewelry catalog. So, I cut out the picture and taped it to her finger. All the other girls were green with envy.
 
2001-07-16 01:35:17 PM  
*beeeeeeeeeeep*
 
2001-07-16 01:36:10 PM  
hmmm....First Post
 
2001-07-16 01:36:18 PM  
nice.
 
2001-07-16 01:42:47 PM  
Uh oh time to update the filter
 
2001-07-16 02:01:38 PM  
my friend's mom saves everything. .literally. She told me her mom has a ziploc baggie in her drawer with duct tape on it..so she wouldn't have to use a new one.

I know plenty of people who wash their ziplocs. yikes. I like the ziplocs cause when whatever is in them goes bad, you don't have to guess what it was.
"hmm..I don't remember MAKING this with fuzz on it.."
 
2001-07-16 02:03:49 PM  
Grav8e: Lets see if this worx First Post
 
2001-07-16 02:05:00 PM  
damn peeps beet me to it...was sittin on the page to long
 
2001-07-16 02:08:17 PM  
I'v been on vacation. What's the deal with boobies?
 
2001-07-16 02:09:06 PM  
f'irst p'ost was my question......very nice, Drew.
 
2001-07-16 02:17:56 PM  
Hahaha, the fark filter effectively makes it difficult to reply to my posts. Not that I am complaining, heh.

Wow, even Jelloboy didn't get his screen name censored from the site. I am 31337! g1\/3 m3 0d@y w@R3z, d00dZ!

(As a dedicated boobieser, I usually just use "fp" anyway when entering the primere poste. It has gained universal acceptance, at least on this planet.
 
2001-07-16 02:21:01 PM  
boobies.

just tryin' to say my name, say my name.
 
2001-07-16 02:39:31 PM  
My mom's friend is hella cheap, she doesn't even use toilet paper, she uses a washable cloth. It's the sickest thing you'll ever see. Unless you go to some weird assjapanese porn site.

I love 0-day warez.
 
2001-07-16 02:56:37 PM  
One more round 'cause I'm bored and, to my knowledge, such horseplay and tomfoolery is hurting noone (in particular, Peter Noone the erstwhile Herman's Hermit):

Boobies

Boobies

ƒirst post

Boobies

0x46 0x69 r s t 0x50 0x6F 0x73 0x74 !
 
2001-07-16 02:59:44 PM  
goddamnit.
some people need to spend some money.

i can understand reusing the strong cups you get from a fast food place (the promo cups), but the rest you should just let go, including the straws (unless its a promo straw). if you save forever, where does the bonus come in? when do you get to use the money? once you build up a big enough buffer of money saving, you should spend it normally, and you'll just have some to fall back on.

get over it.

and washable cloth instead of tp? man, thats harsh, i'd buy her some charmin for her birthday.
 
2001-07-16 03:47:41 PM  
My mom would get pissed if we pitched our aluminum foil from baked potatoes. She would fold it up to re-use it later on. She STILL tries to impose her tight waddedness on me in my own damn house. "Why do you have to buy new furniture? Couldn't you just go to an auction?" No, I don't want to park my ass on some couch where dead folks used to play nookie on. Ugh.
 
2001-07-16 05:46:13 PM  
My girlfriend and I keep all the plastic cups from various fast food joints. Not only are they suitable for resuse, they increase the time between using a cup and when it needs to be washed again. (More cups - more to dirty before all cups are dirty)

And I usually take extra napkins from the food joints. And sauces.

;]
 
2001-07-16 06:31:32 PM  
There was a bit on the radio in NY about cheap relatives, and this woman called up about her Father. Whenever she visits him she has to bring her own toilet paper because he uses... now brace yourself.. a sponge!

Worst part about it is the current one he's had for about 6 years.
 
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