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Old 03-26-2008, 09:37 PM   #1
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Are you afraid to look poor?

Probably not a concern for the serious ER folks:

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  • Does wearing cheap clothes make you queasy? You don't mind getting a steal on designer duds but you shun secondhand stores, consignment shops and anything with the words "Old" or "Navy" in it. You would swear that everyone can smell it when you spend $9.99 on a shirt.
  • Are you embarrassed to use coupons? You love the concept of saving money, and those two-for-ones are a little tempting, but you'd rather die than stand at the register while people watch (impatiently) as you hand over little pieces of clipped paper. It screams cheapskate.
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:40 PM   #2
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You're right!! That really seems nutty to me and probably to a lot of others here.
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:43 PM   #3
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Does not bother me in the slightest. If it were not for DW I would be even cheaper.
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:52 PM   #4
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Not in the slightest, in fact I have to work at not looking like an "inverse snob". When we were poor we certainly didn't borrow money to keep up appearances, we just did without luxuries like a reliable car and even after we had good jobs we still had an old car and didn't have a TV for several years which amazed most of our colleagues.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:07 PM   #5
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Im ashamed to admit I have some underwear with holes and socks too.

Its a burden I shall carry.
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I suppose you're going to tell me that my Kirkland jeans lack cache...
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I suppose you're going to tell me that my Kirkland jeans lack cache...
Yep, but at least they didn't set you back much cash, eh?
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Do I look poor in worn to a frazzle coveralls, workboots, plowshirt and sweatstained gimme hat?
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:20 PM   #10
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Im ashamed to admit I have some underwear with holes and socks too.

Its a burden I shall carry.
Are just now telling me that the extra holes are not normal?
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Does not bother me in the slightest. If it were not for DW I would be even cheaper.
I second that emotion. Right now I'm sitting in a pair of faded frayed jeans which I also wore to the supermarket a while ago. I'm at that stage of life where I don't have to give a rat's ass about how I appear in a casual situation, such as running an errand.

Now going out, say, to a nice restaurant is a different. But I still wear (dress) jeans with a nice shirt and maybe a jacket. But that's the point. In the 2 1/2 years that I've been retired, there have been only two outings in which I wore something other than jeans.
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These days, I'm built for comfort, not for speed. So tee shirts, jeans/shorts and flip flops are my attire. Stopped giving a crap about what people thought about me and my threads a long time ago.
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Im ashamed to admit I have some underwear with holes and socks too.
What's that joke about religious underwear?

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Do I look poor in worn to a frazzle coveralls, workboots, plowshirt and sweatstained gimme hat?
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Back in the 70s, I used to wear cut-off overalls.

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These days, I'm built for comfort, not for speed. So tee shirts, jeans/shorts and flip flops are my attire. Stopped giving a crap about what people thought about me and my threads a long time ago.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:57 PM   #14
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I'm dreaming of the day when people say this about me: "That guy looks like your average Joe Sixpack. You'd never know he's a millionaire by lookin' at him."

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I love consignment stores. Why pay 3x the price for something that's basically the same quality?

Coupons are nice, but they are too much work to keep track of. I haven't used many in the last year because I can't usually find them when I need them. In fact I can't even keep track of gift cards. Just give cash, please. I don't want to blow $50 in Pottery Barn just because I got a gift card.
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Back in the '60s my father would wear his Navy officer whites from WWII with large rips in the rear and knees when working in the front yard on weekends. The thing is, he was a noted plastic surgeon and their house was on a main arterial in the (then) classy area of the city. This drove my mother crazy. His comment was - "If they don't like what they see, shouldn't look".
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The clothes I wore to work while programming at a small aerospace company in
the 1980's were so ratty that a memo was circulated around the business park to
beware - a homeless man was sneaking in to shower (I was showering after my
noon workout).
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Of course the companies that own the brands and marketers hope you fall for it.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:54 AM   #19
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No, I'm not afraid to look poor. Nothing about how we live or look is fancy. Our house is small, our truck is old, and our clothes are comfortable. Not ashamed to use coupons--just happy to get a better deal. I think most people on this forum could care less about looking poor. We're not the keep up with the Joneses types.
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$9.99 for a shirt! Far Far too much. Since I retired second hand stores all the way except for winter wear that I could not find second hand. I will pay for comfort if need be though.


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