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Old 09-04-2007, 11:36 PM   #21
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Hmmm...is there a category for spendthrifty frugal bastards? Not quite sure where I fit now (Used to take pride in my frugality, however with my grovelling for discounts I am now a CB, but also tend to be a spendthrift with some other items!)
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:06 AM   #22
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Re-gifting is rather tacky in my opinion, but it does depend on the situation and the original source of the gift.
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:14 AM   #23
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I knew a guy in my 20s who was a world-class CB. If he needed a part for one of his many stereo units, if the same model was still available, he'd buy a new one at the store, take whatever part(s) he needed from it, and return it to the store. To me that's stealing, just shoplifting with a lot more paperwork.
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:17 AM   #24
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I knew a guy in my 20s who was a world-class CB. If he needed a part for one of his many stereo units, if the same model was still available, he'd buy a new one at the store, take whatever part(s) he needed from it, and return it to the store. To me that's stealing, just shoplifting with a lot more paperwork.
Geez, why did he not just return his old one in the new one's box, since he was sinking THAT low? I agree with you! Ultra tacky!
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Uh, sorry but that is frugal. There is no need to add to ones clutter collection by keeping a gift one does not need or want. I do this all the time.
Uh, sorry but that is ultra-CB! You don't want the gift? It's cluttering up your space? Toss it! Don't pass it along to another with the intention that it become clutter/junk to them.
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:12 AM   #27
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- Doing some of your auto maintenance (with all of the information available online)
- Fixing/maintaining your household appliances as much as possible (again, info online)
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- Dumpster diving when you have plenty of $$. (expired food, nonetheless)
- Hiding your kids under blankets in the car so you don't have to pay for them (was one of those kids).
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:25 AM   #28
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Uh, sorry but that is ultra-CB! You don't want the gift? It's cluttering up your space? Toss it! Don't pass it along to another with the intention that it become clutter/junk to them.
I think you're made a bad assumption, youbet. A gift that may not suit me might be great for somebody else. Re-gifting seems better than tossing it (or even giving it to Goodwill) and getting something else.

Re-gifting just to get rid of stuff is CB, but I don't do that.

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6. Buying whatever beer/wine/pop is on sale not because you like it, but because it's cheap (don't try to lie to yourself on this one)

I'll admit that I do this one to a degree. For instance, I'll buy the cheapest beer that I can still enjoy, rather than an expensive beer. Now I won't go so far as to buy some nasty swill that I have to concentrate to keep from spitting back up, but I guess my tastebuds just aren't that sophisticated.

Sometimes I'll do it with soda, too. Usually I'll just buy whatever's on sale that week; the Pepsi products or the Coke products. But often when it comes to stuff like orange soda, root beer, lemonaide, etc, I can't taste the difference with the no-name stuff.

Oh, as for re-gifting, I guess if I had a gift that someone gave me that I couldn't use, and I knew someone else would have a use for it, I'd give it to them. For instance, this past Christmas, my Mom gave me a bathrobe. I never use bathrobes in the first place, but to top it off, it was this pale blue/lavender color, like what you used to be able to get on Plymouth/Dodge Neons back in the 90's. I would've just donated it or something, but instead I gave it to one of my roommates.

Maybe that's not really "re-gifting", though. He knew where it came from. I guess it would've been different if I had put it away somewhere and later on wrapped it up and given it to him as a gift the following Christmas!
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I'm not sure where this falls but on the rare occasions where my wife and I go to a fast food restaurant one of us orders a "value meal" complete with fries and a drink and the other just orders a sandwich and we split the fries and the drink.

Frugal or CB?
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I'm not sure where this falls but on the rare occasions where my wife and I go to a fast food restaurant one of us orders a "value meal" complete with fries and a drink and the other just orders a sandwich and we split the fries and the drink.

Frugal or CB?

Ok, considering the size of the average "value meal" I'd just call that smart. Noone needs a gallon of soda and a half pound of fries for themselves!
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Frugal = eating healthy food, even at full price, to protect future health
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I'm not sure where this falls but on the rare occasions where my wife and I go to a fast food restaurant one of us orders a "value meal" complete with fries and a drink and the other just orders a sandwich and we split the fries and the drink.

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I have started to make my lunch more and bringing it to work.
Instead of paying for the leave in conditioner.....I buy a huge bottle of conditioner and mix it with water.
I try to give something away before I buy anything else (furniture, clothes, books, etc.)
I definitely re-gift, especially if I know that the other person will appreciate it more than me.


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I still use my school id to get in for the lower price.....I graduated 2 years ago!
I pack up the extra food from business meetings and take it for dinner and/or lunch for the next day.
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:49 PM   #36
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Frugal = Packing a lunch...
CB = Stealing your co-workers lunch....
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Uh, sorry but that is ultra-CB! You don't want the gift? It's cluttering up your space? Toss it! Don't pass it along to another with the intention that it become clutter/junk to them.
I think we are going to have to agree to disagree here. My brother and his wife received a set of henckel professional cutlery from his SIL (street value $350-$400). They already had a set and regifted it to us. I hardly think this was tacky.
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I have started to make my lunch more and bringing it to work.
Instead of paying for the leave in conditioner.....I buy a huge bottle of conditioner and mix it with water.
I try to give something away before I buy anything else (furniture, clothes, books, etc.)
I definitely re-gift, especially if I know that the other person will appreciate it more than me.


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I still use my school id to get in for the lower price.....I graduated 2 years ago!
I pack up the extra food from business meetings and take it for dinner and/or lunch for the next day.
I would have to agree with you CB on company food.. unless you are the low paid clerk or someone else down there... we let all the admins have at anything that is left as we are paid well compared to them.
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