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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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A family thing
There were always stories of my Nanny's ways to save money...
For example, stealing all the free sausage rolls that our local Barclays Bank had laid out for customers to celebrate Christmas..

And the time she had the neighbour's son over for the weekend to trim her huuuuge garden... the poor guy sweated for 2 days straight and she refused to pay him anything as he had accidently bent a flower head...

I was witness to two events of her stinginess....
Once I was about 12 years old, I was in town and bumped into her. She said she would give me some pocket money... hurrah thought I, even though I would have to walk with her around the supermarket as she did her weekly shopping so she could get some change.
This took a not so good 45 mins... and at the end she dug out 50p and offered it to me... I thought it hadn't really been worth it, but hey, it could still buy me a few drumsticks and wham bars (important things at the age of 12)..
But then she suddenly shook her head, put the 50p back into her purse and said "sorry, I have bills" and then walked off..... Not impressed..

Another time we were having a pub lunch, at the end of the meal she took the plate containing my brother's levftover ketchup covered chips and started emptying them directly into her handbag... the waitress saw this and came over insisting she could get Nanny a doggy bag... But Nanny assured her it was fine, she was taking the chips home for her dog. There were two things wrong with this statement:
1- I'm not sure dogs are huge fans of chips...
2- She didn't even have a dog.

Strange days.

Oh and I've been told that a tramp once asked my Uncle for 10p for a cup of tea. My Uncle apparently gave him 50p and demanded change...
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 12:30, Reply)

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