Monday, 10 September 2012

Are you a skinflint?

Its such a weird word isn't it? Its origins probably date back thousand of years ago.  Sounds better than its definition of a miser though don't you think?  Are we all skinflints in one way or another? Or are we just careful with money?  No, I think there is definitely a difference between someone that likes to take advantage of a bargain i.e use a £5 off coupon or tesco vouchers for a day out and someone who is first out of the taxi and last at the bar.  Where its a way of life for some people. Someone that is tight at your expense i.e quite happy for you to pay for the incidentals if it saves them money.  They get no pleasure from giving but extreme pleasure from taking. I've mentioned these types before in this post.  Have a read it really is one of my finest hours.

Now my husband isn't a skinflint by any stretch of the imagination.  I like the fact he never makes me feel I'm spending his money (its ours) or ever have to justify things I've bought. Bloody good job really.  But he can, every now and then, surprise me with some skinflint tendencies.


And I've used this picture before but I like it!
My husband tends not to care about the thousands but is more concerned with the pence. He'll practically do a merry jig if the Co-op are selling tins of food you'll never eat unless you were under nuclear attack all because its 20p.  That tin will sit, festering forever more, until it reaches its expiry and then I'll chuck it out.

His not caring about the bigger purchases does me no harm at all. He has been known to buy me lovely presents and only yesterday he purchased 2 tickets (above market value) for very good seats to see The Killers in November. And thats in the full knowledge that I have a not so secret crush, suppressed as best I can, on Mr Brandon Flowers.  I am so excited I cannot tell you. I feel about 15 years old.  Last time Brandon was doing the rounds buddy was 3 months old and I was breastfeeding. I'm not into music festivals - I'm too old for walking around in muddy fields making out the kids are having a fab time and thinking I've still got it. I'd rather have a cup a tea but a concert with seats is just fine and dandy.

Anyhow why the skinflint talk? Well on holiday we bought pancakes for the children with nutella. The children weren't best pleased with them (they cost 2 euros 50 each) but instead of just binning them my husband ate them all so as not to waste money. Work that out. He made himself feel sick and paid for the privilege. Granted he was worried about our money what with his back etc but my immediate thought was "you skinflint, what are you doing?!"

In addition, someone was leaving the campsite and handed us free food. Now the free food was potatoes, carrots and broccoli. Now call me ungrateful but I don't fancy boiled veg in the baking heat in a caravan. But because they were free my husband merrily peeled his bounty for our tea that evening. I could see he was so chuffed with this. He is Scottish after all and the stereotype comes out in him every now and then. The fact that we bought a chicken costing 10 euros to go with our 'free' veg was kind of lost on him and if I had served that at home he would have had cause for complaint.

It got me thinking of all the skinflints I know and I know of a few.  They tend to buy cheap, nasty shit because its cheap and then complain its broke or no one ate it.  Instead of actually saving money they waste it as it never works out how they planned. If they'd only just paid a few pounds more.. but they never learn and continue to do it their whole life.

Even days out they apply the same stupid logic i.e if they've paid for a day out, irrespective if the kids or they are enjoying it, they're bloody well going to stay to get their monies worth.  I once went to a farm with someone who would lie about her children's ages to save £4.95 - which I know a lot of mums did when their kids were younger. I just think you sad fucking skinflints. Here you have a business providing you with a day out for your kids and you want to turn them over? How hard up are you? You'll soon complain when the business is no longer there and you say "oh I used to love that place." So the friend had avoided an entrance fee by lying, done the last at the counter for coffees (in fact there was no trip up to the counter) and one of her children was ill. The child was whinging and moaning and honestly no one was having any fun. But would she go home? No. She was getting her monies worth. They were staying for a good 5 hours. Really? What is wrong with people cut your loses and call it a day.

I think we all have skinflint tendencies in one way or another and when telling my husband about this post he said "this is the woman that wouldn't spend £5 on Ben and Jerry's ice-cream and bought a litre of some far inferior ice-cream that we're not going to eat." Point taken. Guilty as charged. But its not a way of life for me. I find people that continually do this are just mean and I don't like it. It makes me assess their personality as a whole and it ain't pretty.

On the flip side I have friends and people I know that will go out of their way to pay extra for something. They could get the same thing for less money but it makes them feel better if they've spent more.  They need that.

I don't really know how this post came about - free veg I think.  Are you an occasional skinflint like myself, is it a way of life or do you like to splash the cash? Right I'm off to replace that cheap ice-cream....





9 comments:

  1. My mum and dad have some strange tendencies. For example, it's rare for them to drink a bottle of wine costing under £20 (and they drink an awful lot of it) but when it comes to DIY and investing in their house, my dad would rather by cheap and do shoddy patch-up work himself ... again and again ... rather than by quality and get things done right the first time around. They waste so much money by doing this.

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    1. How funny - yes I suppose people will pay for some things and not for others. The logic on this one though is a bit hard to fathom as are a lot of skinflint tendencies! x

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  2. I'm a skinflint really - I don't mind paying more for quality but hate paying too much for things like wine etc. Cheers

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    1. I think we all hate paying too much for wine except Rachel's parents above! x

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  3. I'm not a skinflint but I'm not a spendaholic either. I'm not cheap but I like a bargain. I like to think of of myself as a 'savvy shopper'. I want a good deal and I like value for money and I want quality at good prices. :)

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  4. I'm not a skinflint, I am just careful with my money, but never at someone else's expense (not that I am aware of anyway!!). I definitely believe you get what you pay for and I prefer quality. As for the free veg, I'd have done the same as your hubbie. Makes a change from salad on holiday and broccoli is SO good for you!! Plus I hate food waste.

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    1. The veg was too much I'm afraid - all because it was free. It stunk the caravan out - broccoli may be good for you but you don't want to eat it on your hols well I don't! x

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