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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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i'm a bit of a tightass when it comes to petrol.. what i'll do is fill the tank to say $20.02. and then pay by cash. The fuel station rounds it down to $20.00 and i keep the extra $0.02 worth of petrol for free. Do this for an entire year and you end up saving quite a bit of money.. almost $10.00!
(, Sat 25 Oct 2008, 14:03, 12 replies)
You must go to a nice petrol station
Over here we have to pay the extra few pence.
(, Sat 25 Oct 2008, 14:47, closed)
yeah, Australia got rid of 1c and 2c coins years ago to get rid of that problem.. now we round to the nearest 5c increment.
(, Sat 25 Oct 2008, 15:00, closed)
sometimes over here (UK) the cashier has to make up the shortfall out of their wages.
(, Sat 25 Oct 2008, 19:59, closed)
(, Sat 25 Oct 2008, 21:20, closed)
The cashier seemed surprised that I wanted to pay the extra 2 cents
I'm normally in the habit of filling until the trigger gives way, then squeezing in enough extra to bring the amount up to the next whole pound, just so I don't have to fiddle with change. Sometimes I go over by a penny or two, but it would never occur to me to try to argue the toss with the cashier. But that's probably because I'm not a chav, or tight-fisted. I just fish out an extra penny or two, or deal with the 98 pence change coming back in my direction.

On a recent holiday I paid a visit to the States, figuring it's my charitable duty to help prop up a third-world comedy economy. I hired a car for the duration. I did my usual routine of filling up to the next whole peso, ahem, I mean dollar, but missed and went over by two cents. I handed the cashier $40.02, and cashier promptly handed the two cents back to me. "It's okay, sir, we round down."

Fair enough, but it got me wondering. Do petrol stations in Yankistan have so much grief from gun-toting, mouth-breathing tightwads who "know their rights" (but, curiously, never their responsibilities) over the extra couple of cents that they figure it's safer to drop the couple of cents so their staff don't end up with .45 calibre lead poisoning? Or is it just less hassle at the end of each day if they don't have to count up as much change?
(, Sun 26 Oct 2008, 9:34, closed)
wrong with paying for what you have taken? You must live a sad life.
(, Sun 26 Oct 2008, 9:58, closed)
Here's a better idea
Change either (a) your car or (b) your lifestyle so you don't need to fill up 500 times per year. I mean, $10,000 worth of fuel - what are you driving, two separate Hummers?
(, Sun 26 Oct 2008, 16:26, closed)
is that IT?
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 15:08, closed)
You forget, Yankistan's economy is now on a par with the Third World.
That $10 will feed the OP, his family, and his village, for a year.
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 1:52, closed)
UK Economy
Yes the US economy really does suck, but is it really any better in the UK?

The large companies and banks are actually international and so incestuous that there is no such thing as an independent US or UK economy anymore. Besides, we are taking you down with us!

(From what I read on this site about costs of living in the UK and what so many of you say you get paid, we are still a little better off than you although if McCain wins, we are trying to figure out how to leave the US for good, the trouble is that I am 52 so pretty much out of luck).
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 16:46, closed)
"...is it really any better in the UK?"
Christ, no. That's why I'm making plans to leave the country next year.

Thank goodness for accidents of birth and dual-citizenship...
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 1:29, closed)
Lucky Bastard
(, Thu 30 Oct 2008, 17:32, closed)

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