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Old 08-06-2017, 08:22 AM
 
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Do you mean the store was out of stock on the numbers you needed or that the numbers you needed cost more and the numbers he purchased were on sale for a lesser price? He would have been better off just not buying the numbers at all! Lol
I always assumed he meant that the digits we needed were not on sale but the wrong ones were. But yep, I agree with you: if you're just gonna put the wrong numbers on, why put any on at all?

Maybe the less I know about what goes on in his head, the better. *sigh*
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:13 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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My dad was so frugal it was bizarre. He would use Post It notes for many things around the house, which is fine, but he would cram so much writing on them they were illegible even with a magnifying glass. Then rage about not being able to read them. He saved every scrap of plastic wrap and used it over and over even when it tore. Then rage about the food spoiling under it. He saved the drippings from his daily breakfast bacon (he always bought the cheaper stuff that was mostly fat but cook twice as much to get the meat). When I cleaned his house out I found stacks of coffee cans filled with rancid bacon fat over the oven. The fat leaked, destroyed the cabinet woodwork, and started a fire in the wall. He would stock his freezer with food, keep it for years, and kept getting sick eating stuff that was way past the use dates. Ended up in the emergency room a few times...so much for saving money.

My grandfather had given us a small car after he quit driving. It had a recurring problem with the hydraulic lines in the front end. My dad kept taking it to a cut-rate shop for repair. They never seemed to be able to fix it, but my dad kept taking it back for the "free" repair of the repair. The car kept getting stranded on the side of the road meaning towing, but he still wouldn't take it to a proper shop because of the expense.
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Possibly the craziest thing I ever saw someone do to save money was this:

When we moved into our current house, we had to buy our own mailbox because one wasn't already there. My dear/cheap husband had to buy numbers at a hardware store to put on the mailbox for our address.

How is that cheap? Because they were the WRONG numbers! I asked him why he purposely bought the wrong digits to put on the mailbox. He said because the store he bought them from only had those numbers for sale & not the ones we needed.
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Some people just can't tell a joke. It's supposed to be "on" sale, not "for" sale.
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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I always assumed he meant that the digits we needed were not on sale but the wrong ones were. But yep, I agree with you: if you're just gonna put the wrong numbers on, why put any on at all?

Maybe the less I know about what goes on in his head, the better. *sigh*
Lol He's a great hubby otherwise, right? No biggie with the numbers, unless of course you call 911 and the ambulance/fire engines can't find your house! I'm glad you made him put up the right numbers.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:55 AM
 
Location: Florida
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It's not even uncommon but how much are people saving when they pocket a few extra condiment or sugar packets from a restaurant?
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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It's not even uncommon but how much are people saving when they pocket a few extra condiment or sugar packets from a restaurant?
Even though the individual value of condiment packets is small the intent is theft. IMHO you are basically telling the business that you are unethical and a cheat. I know, I know, those condiment packets are sort of left out so people can take what they need for their food, but really, the intent I'm talking about is different. A sort of flipping the bird at the business. How many of these pilfered packets actually get used later? Are you really that hard up you have to cheat others?
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My mom would take other people's leftovers home from the church potlucks, even when the other women were still there and planning to take their leftovers home.

She also used to stop at my apartment and demand dinner to take home to my dad and sister. If there weren't any leftovers, she'd beg the kids (toddlers at the time) for the food off their plates and take that home so she wouldn't have to cook. We had to move across town to stop that kind of behavior. (And no, she wasn't broke and starving, she was tenured faculty at a college.)
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Even though the individual value of condiment packets is small the intent is theft. IMHO you are basically telling the business that you are unethical and a cheat. I know, I know, those condiment packets are sort of left out so people can take what they need for their food, but really, the intent I'm talking about is different. A sort of flipping the bird at the business. How many of these pilfered packets actually get used later? Are you really that hard up you have to cheat others?
I wouldn't mind people doing that. Have you ever stopped to think just how old some of the condiment packs are in restaurants that don't have a large turnover? I've never seen any with a date code.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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A couple I know would go to McDonalds for most of their meals. Not to buy food, but to get ketchup packets. Put ketchup on noodles - spaghetti; pout it into hot water - tomato soup; put it on bread wit cheese and toast it - pizza. They also collected dropped bits of coal at the rail yard or at factories to heat their apartment (which was free because no one owned it, but iit had no utilities).
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:40 PM
 
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My F-I-L would use a paper towel to dry his hands, then let the towel dry out for re-use.
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