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Hullo tapirs, guffs Richard McBeef off the internet. One of my brother's friends once cycled from one side of London to the other to get some free lightbulbs from a condemned building, a 6-hour round trip. Tell us about the meanest, stingiest penny-pinching you've witnessed.

(, Wed 9 Mar 2016, 9:58)
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Shared a house at uni
Most of us were undergrads the same age, but one bloke was older than the rest of us, doing a Masters or something. Slumming it living in the same house with us, obviously to save the cash, despite the fact he had enough to own and run a car, which for a student in 1991 made him seem like a millionaire. He only ever shopped in Netto or Morrisons late on a Saturday and bought only that stuff on the shelf that's reduced because it's out of date. I once saw him eat the non-mouldy bits of a banana that was clearly actually mouldy almost all over.

One day he came in and said "Where's my car?" How we laughed. Then called the police - it had been stolen. He was very, very lucky, however, because the rozzers later told him that the car had been found, completely undamaged, by the side of the road quite a few miles away on the far side of town. The obvious thing to do at this point was to get a cab and get over there asap and reclaim it, and this was in fact I think what I think the police suggested he do. Instead, he walked. By the time he arrived, some local scallies had rolled it over the side of the road, down a hill and set fire to it. A cab ride would probably have cost him almost five pounds.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2016, 13:31, 4 replies)
That's obviously tight and all, but I've owned several cars that have cost me less than a month's rent in a flat to myself.
Possibly even including insurance.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2016, 20:16, closed)
My first year in university I think we had five cars on the drive between 17 lads
My trusty Mk I VW Polo was the only one not to be broken into, because of its obvious cheapness. My housemates left a note reading "Too crap to steal" under the wipers, so I left it there while they had to replace broken windows and busted locks :)
(, Fri 11 Mar 2016, 21:18, closed)
So he got his Fire and Theft insurance to pay out in full.
And, if you want to avoid mould on bananas, peel them.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2016, 23:05, closed)
I don't see your point.
The guy was obviously fairly poor and the car was all he could afford. You come across as somewhat of a rich bitch in this story.
(, Sat 12 Mar 2016, 19:02, closed)

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