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#4812970 - 07/13/18 08:10 AM Reason For Being Cheap?
Zee09 Offline

Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 466
Loc: Tri State Conservative
Are you thrifty out of necessity or you just plain out cheap because that is how you roll?
"If I walked on water, they'd say I couldn't swim."

#4812974 - 07/13/18 08:15 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
Shannow Online   content

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 40134
Loc: 'Stralia
I'll by a cheap knockoff (for e.g. the Weber carry BBQ) for a tenth of the price, try it a couple of times, and buy the proper item full price if I get something resembling results...if only there was a cheapo Brinkman bullet knockoff to have avoided that.

#4812978 - 07/13/18 08:19 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
CincyDavid Offline

Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 727
Loc: Cincinnati, OH USA
I'm a Cincinnati West Side German Catholic and that's just the way we're wired. I like to get value, so I don't just look at bottom-line price, I look at utility and try to find a good balance.
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#4812981 - 07/13/18 08:21 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
JeffKeryk Offline

Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 309
Loc: Los Gatos, CA
Well, having being broke/homeless/alcoholic, I never wanna be there again.
My goal is to leave millions to those in need and colleges.

#4812982 - 07/13/18 08:22 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
EdwardC Offline

Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1885
Loc: Chicago, IL
"I can't afford to buy cheap." I usually try stick to that. If there's a well known, long lasting, quality item, I'm more likely to shop around and try get the best deal I can on that item, instead of buying a cheap alternative. Almost certainly, the high initial cost is quickly forgotten.

On the other hand, if it's something that I'll only use once or twice, I'd happily go to HF and buy their cheap version.

In general, I think it's a cost/utility ratio that determines if I just need the cheap one.

#4812984 - 07/13/18 08:26 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
blupupher Offline

Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4475
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
Started out as the first and is now the second.

I also will not say cheap, I will say price conscious.
I buy the best product that does the job well for the best price (including using coupons and rebates).

Since we are an oil forum, my example would be I would gladly use Supertech, Super Smitty's, Rural King etc oils, they are a good value for the price and will keep the engine running past the life of the rest of the vehicle.
Now I rarely use store brand oils because I am able to find better deals on name brand oil for less than the regular price of the store brand.

Another example is tools. I have a set of Craftsman hadtools from when I was in teen in the mid 80's, they still work fine and were expensive, but have lasted.
I do buy some Harbor Freight tools at times, but they are usually one time use tools, so if they don't last more than 1-2 uses, I am OK with it, and did not spend 2-3x the money on it. Just recently bought a large socket for my rear diff, have not needed that size in 35+ years working on my cars, probably won't need it again.

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#4812994 - 07/13/18 08:38 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
ARCOgraphite Offline

Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 12011
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
My parents went through the Great Depression and I was taught to be not wasteful or overly extravagant.

Personally I've found no great pleasure - only guilt - in hedonism and consumerism so I suppose I'm value and practical oriented.

Plus I'm 1/2 Scot.
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#4812997 - 07/13/18 08:44 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
Phishin Offline

Registered: 05/01/12
Posts: 2458
Loc: Indiana
I have a feeling there are a ton of BITOG'ers who actually are cheap SOB's, but consider themselves "thrifty".

People on here are notoriously CHEAP. Spending $5-$10 on something they deem "unnecessary" is a mortal sin on this site to many. God forbid anyone on here buy a nice vehicle or commercial grade appliance when a piece of junk from Walmart would have done just fine, in their eyes.

Someone people (like myself) experience true satisfaction and joy from owning and operating high quality pieces of equipment, eating a really nice meal, or attending an exclusive event.

I get more enjoyment out of going to the Kentucky Derby and sitting on the rail than the extra $2000 sitting in my savings account. Driving my new truck around town is totally worth the high car payment I have now.
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#4813005 - 07/13/18 08:53 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
123Saab Offline

Registered: 10/27/10
Posts: 1688
Loc: PA
I'm leaving my kid a house and no debt. That's it.

The rest I will spend on whatever makes me happy.

Edited by 123Saab (07/13/18 08:54 AM)
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Those in high places be daunted
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#4813009 - 07/13/18 09:02 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
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Registered: 02/04/18
Posts: 383
Loc: Berks County/Pa.
My Aunts favorite saying with certain things were, "you get what you pay for" and I hold that saying to be self evident overall. I do price shop and if I can get the same groceries but cheaper at a different supermarket -- I do jump on things like that.

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#4813013 - 07/13/18 09:07 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: 123Saab]
glock19 Offline

Registered: 03/12/13
Posts: 778
Loc: Virginia
Originally Posted By: 123Saab
I'm leaving my kid a house and no debt. That's it.

The rest I will spend on whatever makes me happy.

My parents raised me and put me through college, they don't owe me a penny. I really hope they enjoy their retirement and don't try to hoard their money to pass it on.
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#4813014 - 07/13/18 09:07 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
Al Offline

Registered: 06/08/02
Posts: 18094
Loc: Elizabethtown, Pa
Pa. Dutch are very thrifty practical people. I am a chip off the old block. I am very generous about tipping and helping people though. I can afford it bc I have been "thrifty" the last 55 years.

#4813015 - 07/13/18 09:11 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
KGMtech Offline

Registered: 10/17/14
Posts: 976
Loc: SW Ontario Canada
It's too easy to confuse a DIY'er with a Cheap person. I do my own car maintenance, house repairs, other stuff because I usually enjoy the process and almost always feel the job was done with more care. Does that make me cheap? not if you measure your enjoyment or learning that comes from doing it yourself.

I won't do tree removal, I have done tile work and don't enjoy it enough to do more, probably would not do a full house shingle roof myself.

When I work on anything myself, I get the best ingredients available and blend in any tools that need to be purchased - provided the tool has some other utility after the first job is done.
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#4813017 - 07/13/18 09:15 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: ARCOgraphite]
PimTac Offline

Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4584
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Originally Posted By: ARCOgraphite
My parents went through the Great Depression and I was taught to be not wasteful or overly extravagant.

Spot on Arco. Those of us who were raised by parents that lived through the Depression and WW2 were generally taught to be more frugal. Save for the rainy day, buy what you need not what you want, and so on.

#4813019 - 07/13/18 09:17 AM Re: Reason For Being Cheap? [Re: Zee09]
IndyIan Offline

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9105
Loc: Ontario, Canada
My goal is to be cost effective the regular stuff, so I can spend more on the fun stuff.
All our appliances are white, and our wash machine and dryer don't match or look like a transmutation device from an 90's sci-fi movie. Nice new cars have a relatively expensive utility cost, so we don't buy those. And if I had something relatively fast, I'd still want it to be cheap enough to stuff it into the wall on a track day without really caring all that much.
Anyways, everyone will spend their own money how they wish, and if someone likes shiny trinkets that's their business.
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