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This is a question Tightwads

There's saving money, and there's being tight: saving money at the expense of other people, or simply for the miserly hell of it.

Tell us about measures that go beyond simple belt tightening into the realms of Mr Scrooge.

(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 13:58)
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Shower? You'll be having no shower here my boy!
She was, it has to be said, astonishing at living on a small amount of money - but it came to a head the morning after the first night I'd stayed.

She got cross because I had a shower. It seems that wastes a lot of water and energy compared to rinsing yourself off from the basin. Ooookay... well, I just let it pass. She was top quality in bed so you know, one can compromise.

But after a while I realised money was a primary motivator of hers. She needed new sheets. Her birthday came up, and amongst the usual trickets I included a nice set of bed linen. Lovely stuff it was too. Jacquard.

A shame she confided in a best friend of mine that she'd much rather I'd have done something like pay her gas bill.

And in another argument she said that men who are kind do things like buy their girlfriends their weekly shop. She'd also completely empty hotel's complementary teabags, grab handfuls of sugar sachets... anything that saved her having to buy her own.

She wasn't a bad girl, really, just a bit messed up and money seemed to be a big issue. She could even be generous at times, but that was often the exception. Funny thing is, I'm really easy going with money usually but with her she made it an issue so I was far less generous. To the point that on her kicking off I quietly decided that the laptop I'd just bought her had suddenly become my new laptop.
(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 18:17, 5 replies)
her name wasn't
Liz was it?
(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 19:40, closed)
But she did all the other usual meanie stuff too:

Not buying drinks on a night out. Ever.
Calling the mobile for just a ring or two and hanging up before I could answer. If I didn't ring her back I was 'avoiding her' so I couldn't win.
etc etc etc.

Current girlfriend is almost the exact opposite. If I wasn't careful she'd pay for everything. Wonderful lass.
(, Fri 24 Oct 2008, 10:52, closed)
just for the last bit!
(, Mon 27 Oct 2008, 10:57, closed)
Wash from the basin?
And I thought the expression "Pommy Shower" was just an exaggeration.

*Click* for the story about wanting you to pay her bill for her birthday.
(, Mon 27 Oct 2008, 20:59, closed)
Can something often be an exception?
Isn't that a contradiction in terms?
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 11:26, closed)

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