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Old 07-14-2019, 08:06 PM
 
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I’ll pay for conveniences and I have no interest in being “handy,” I just want to pay to have the job done right by someone else so I can do what I want to be doing.
I'm the same way. I'm not handy at all and would rather just pay someone to do it than spend hours I'll never get back trying to do the work myself.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:40 PM
 
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Time is more important to me.
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Old Yesterday, 07:14 AM
 
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It depends on the situation. I am usually more stingy with money because I have a lot of free/flexible time. My husband OTOH has little free time so he is more stingy with it.

EX: On July 4, I had to convince him to take a voluntary bump on Delta. It cost us a seven hour delay of vacation time, but we each got a $1000 Amex gift card and lunch & dinner vouchers. We live 15 minutes from the airport, so it was a no-brainer to me.

I usually go for the best price and I will shop around on almost everything. I use Hotwire/Priceline to get steep discounts on 4* and 5* hotels. But I will pay more for nonstop flights because I hate layovers. I will pay more for upgraded seats on long trips.
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Old Yesterday, 08:22 AM
 
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Time. Though it might be because of where I am in life right now. My life is comfortable now. 30 years ago when I didn't have much, it might have been money.
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Old Yesterday, 08:36 AM
 
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Time, time, time. Definitely time. I've never understood going around to different stores to pick up something because it was a little cheaper than somewhere else, meanwhile what about the gas you're burning?

Also, people who plot and plan around expected sales and clip coupons so they're basically paying $0.00 on their grocery bill. The amount of work going into that astonishes me.

I will NEVER be THAT person, but I've often thought that if I was a stay at home wife, I'd be a lot better about shopping with coupons and shopping at different stores to save money.


But coupons are a weird thing (for me). For instance, a coupon for a tube of toothpaste, "buy one, get the next one half off" but but but...I don't NEED 2 tubes of toothpaste, and I don't want to spend my grocery budget on "stock up items" which then, I'm going to have to find a home for, somewhere in my house. lol I don't have big pantries...where am I supposed to put all this extra stuff?


Many years ago, my husband had been laid off, so he took over the grocery shopping. He would do stuff like buy multiple bottles of catsup and mustard because the store was having "10 items for $10". The same thing for boxes of mac and cheese...10 for 10, so he'd buy 10. And cans of ravioli...10 for 10.


Yeah...great, he got great deals on this stuff...meanwhile, where am I supposed to put all this extra stuff? PLUS he's spending $300 a week (out of MY budget) on this crap! LOL


I took the role of grocery shopping back from him. He was making me broke. lol
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Old Yesterday, 09:28 AM
 
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I will NEVER be THAT person, but I've often thought that if I was a stay at home wife, I'd be a lot better about shopping with coupons and shopping at different stores to save money.


But coupons are a weird thing (for me). For instance, a coupon for a tube of toothpaste, "buy one, get the next one half off" but but but...I don't NEED 2 tubes of toothpaste, and I don't want to spend my grocery budget on "stock up items" which then, I'm going to have to find a home for, somewhere in my house. lol I don't have big pantries...where am I supposed to put all this extra stuff?


Many years ago, my husband had been laid off, so he took over the grocery shopping. He would do stuff like buy multiple bottles of catsup and mustard because the store was having "10 items for $10". The same thing for boxes of mac and cheese...10 for 10, so he'd buy 10. And cans of ravioli...10 for 10.


Yeah...great, he got great deals on this stuff...meanwhile, where am I supposed to put all this extra stuff? PLUS he's spending $300 a week (out of MY budget) on this crap! LOL


I took the role of grocery shopping back from him. He was making me broke. lol
I rarely use coupons for grocery shopping. They are mostly for processed food and junk. I tend to shop store specials instead. I won't go to multiple stores either. A waste of time and gas for me. I set a budget and that is what I spend.

As a stay at home wife, I do think time is money. I save a lot of money comparison shopping large ticket items - travel, appliances, cars, etc. I enjoy getting a deal.
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Old Yesterday, 10:09 AM
 
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I'm cheap but I try to consider the whole picture.

The other day I got my haircut, been going to the same girl for years. I was in the area, had time to kill. $29 haircut, but I had a $10 off coupon on my desk. I just got my haircut and paid full price. The 30 minute round trip drive to get the coupon wasn't worth $10 to me.

If I am in an area of expensive gas stations. I will put $5-10 in and get gas later at a cheaper station. I just did this in Philly, filling a rental car I saved $11. Out of principle it would annoy me to pay $3 a gallon when I can buy it down the road (away from the airport) for $2.50. Driving a rented Inifnity QX80 it really made a difference, truck was a pig on gas!
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Old Yesterday, 11:13 AM
 
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Neither. I give of myself freely, and I've always been generous. Yes, I got a lot of good things in childhood.
Took the words right out of my mouth.
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Old Yesterday, 11:23 AM
 
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I'm definitely stingy with money. I hate spending money and wish I could get everything for free. But I will grudgingly accept paying more money for convenience or something nicer, like a $100 watch over a $20 watch. Or a brand name toaster oven if it'll last longer.

But I'd rather eat at home to save money and buy groceries on sale, if possible. But I won't pay for whatever airport program that gives me lounge access at an airport (I'm not fancy that way.)

So no black and white answer here. But generally, I am really stingy with money.

Time isn't a big deal to me unless I'm on a deadline or have a commitment to someone to be somewhere.
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Old Yesterday, 11:28 AM
 
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Time moreso than money.

I would rather pay someone competent $10 or $20 to hem or alter something than struggle with it for an hour (or more) and do a crappy job. Having said that, I don't outsource everything - we don't have a cleaning service - but I'm very deliberate about what I'm willing to spend time on vs. hire out.

I'm also mindful of time commitments when I'm invited to things. i.e. what's the travel time to get there and back, how likely is it that people will be late, is it overlapping/interfering with something else I would rather be doing (even if that is relaxing at home after a long week).

I used to clip coupons for products I used regularly until my spouse cancelled the Sunday paper subscription. I don't really miss it, since more than half of them went unused anyways. I'll make a reasonable effort to comparison shop for big ticket items, but I won't scour the internet for 5 hours to score the cheapest something-something-latest technology-for-kids-Christmas (true story from a friend). I will freely spend for a special occasion (e.g. if I'm on vacation, or dinner out), but in general I don't buy things I don't need so it's not a big deal to splurge now and then. I too am amazed at how much time people are willing to burn to save a few bucks (bargain hunting, going from store to store, camping out on Black Friday or standing in really long lines, etc). Then they complain they have no time or are so busy.
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