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Posted Nov 7, 2012 @ 11:14 PM

Jeff and Roy were both on the first hour long show. Are they running out of cheapskates so they have to recycle them?


I see what you did there. Recycling cheapskates like Roy reuses paper towels!

I like this show. It thrills me to see how far people can go with their obsessions, so I hope there are more REAL cheapskates to feature. No more "I wanna get on TV" fake misers. Give me dumpster divers! Show me foragers! Thrift store fashionistas! So much more interesting than some weirdo reciting poetry for a donut, or a guy ordering one chicken wing on a date.
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Posted Nov 8, 2012 @ 9:15 AM

The chinese woman living in NYC on 200 bucks a month was a trip. Was there any indication that there was a man in her life? It doesn't appear to be to me.

Questioning whether or not there is a man in that woman's life has got to be The World's Most Useless Question. IF the horrible yellow holey Tshirt and underwear doesn't get you, well how about the "bed" on the floor with the grey pilled sheet? That's okay you say, well then get a gander at the tiny sliver of probably free motel soap that she uses to CLEAN HER ASS in lieu of toilet paper?? Are you going anywhere in that region after seeing that? She 100% has to have some sort of sydrome, I don't know what it is. She for sure doesn't have any friends, TLC had to drum up some guy who sat next to her in class a year ago to come visit as a set up. GF said she would come visit again--yea sure. The astounding thing is this girl owns a NYC apartment that is probably worth--what, $400,000? Isn't that the going price for a co-op? (Unless it was in the boroughs)

Guy on a bike--he has some really nice house there. Expensive looking statues too. Whatta fool making deoderant --how is that sticky coconut oil not going to stain all your free and junky T shirts? And it is expensive. Suave is 99 cents and lasts like 2 months.

The common theory running through these stories is----TOILET PAPER IS NOT AN OPTIONAL ITEM. Lord above people!!

Edited by WhineandCheez, Nov 8, 2012 @ 10:10 AM.

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Posted Nov 8, 2012 @ 9:34 AM

She 100% has to have some sort of sydrome, I don't know what it is. She for sure doesn't have any friends, TLC had to drum up some guy who sat next to her in class a year ago to come visit as a set up.


I want to know more of her background. I don't think she has a syndrome, I think she is just not from the USA. Maybe she came here on a student or work visa? Using toilet paper instead of soap or wearing clothes for fashion instead of function or buying food instead of pulling wrapped food out of bags on the street are Western socializations, not standards of hygiene. I can imagine someone coming from to USA and being disgusted by all of the waste - maybe as much as we are disgusted with dumpster diving.

I'm sure she can find a partner who is just a cheap as she is and is similarly socialized to embrace a zero-waste lifestyle - internet dating aught to help her find her cheapskate soulmate.

Edited by GrrlPower, Nov 8, 2012 @ 9:35 AM.

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Posted Nov 8, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

I have a feeling that Kate is one busy girl going through all that trash from the Hurricane. All that trash to go through Kate must feel like she won the lottery.


I hope she doesn't because then we know for sure she's really NUTS! On the serious side, my basement flooded back in June 2008. We had heavy rain and the sewers backed up. We had 21 inches of water and a lot of stuff to toss. I had to stop people from going throw it and one guy I threatened to call the cops to get him to leave. About a week later I was going to work on a Sunday afternoon and I noticed some lady picking through my neighbors' flood trash. I said to to her "Do you know that's from a flooded basement?". At the same time my neighbor came out and said something to her too. People have no shame. I have no problem if I set something out for the trash (no water damage) and someone knocks on my door to ask if they can have it. If fact a guy did when we were getting rid of a old lawn mower. He asked and I said yes he could take it. I don't like people picking through others flood trash to try and make money off it.
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Posted Nov 8, 2012 @ 11:27 AM

With the rampant infestations with those nasty bed bugs it is well advised for people who toss their used infested matress beds out into to the curbside trash or dumpsters to either mark them with a large spray painted X or better yet slash the material with a knife so they don't get a second life and carry on the spread of the blood sucking insects.
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Posted Nov 8, 2012 @ 2:37 PM

Why didn't the pee-jar lady just make her fiance pee directly in the yard and cut out the step of having to dump the pee out there?

I hope she didn't do that; that reminds me of some infamous woman featured on the show Hoarders.

I tried to watch the pee-jar lady episode on Election Night to distract me from following [anxiety caused by]the updates on election returns, but the whole thing annoyed me. I wonder why her boyfriend didn't balk completely or walk when he was asked about peeing into a jar. (And no, saying that he'd "have his own" was not sufficient reassurance!) When she was preparing the spoils of dumpster diving for her family, I had to change the channel. That was gross.

I'd take fish-carcass soup-making man over her any day.

Edited by discoprincess, Nov 8, 2012 @ 2:41 PM.

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Posted Nov 8, 2012 @ 6:33 PM

I'm not sure which annoyed me most: the woman's micro-managing or the bf putting up with her nonsense (I would not let put up with someone making me piss in a jar or calculate the cost of microwaving a frozen dinner for her lame-ass diary/budget/spreadsheet!).

Edited by ubi, Nov 8, 2012 @ 6:35 PM.

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Posted Nov 8, 2012 @ 7:16 PM

The Chinese woman living in NYC on 200 bucks a month was a trip. Was there any indication that there was a man in her life? It doesn't appear to be to me.


I read that she participated in a medical study in order to receive 5 years worth of birth control. Either she is getting some, or she is protecting herself in case she gets assaulted someday (which I know sounds ridiculous but she does have her own way of thinking..)
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Posted Nov 8, 2012 @ 7:52 PM

I'd take fish-carcass soup-making man over her any day.



I still don't understand what's so wrong with the fish soup. Fish make great stock for soup. I don't know that it was necessary to put the fish heads on the table, he could have just picked the meat off in the kitchen, but to each their own. The only thing that made it look disgusting was him rummaging through the food with his fingers. That wasn't appetizing.
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Posted Nov 9, 2012 @ 7:55 AM

I wonder if Kate Hashimoto steals office supplies and nondairy creamer from Price Waterhouse.
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Posted Nov 10, 2012 @ 7:18 PM

I just watched Jeff Yeager's second episode (I didn't see his first one), and I found him to be pretty reasonable. I didn't think the meal looked gross at all (if that boy is not a vegetarian and was not pandering to the cameras, he needs an attitude adjustment). Making household cleaning supplies and toiletries is a fairly common practice. Even the gifts for the children were nice; it was thoughtful of him to bring anything, I thought the wallet was totally useable, and he put money in both the wallet and the purse. (Compare this to the buffet guy or the anniversary party guy. Do you think they'd give even a penny to a friend's child as a gift?)

I guess some of the people featured seem cheap for no reason, and are controlling, embarrassing, and/or alienating to those around them. Jeff seemed to have some decent tips for saving money, being less wasteful, and being more environmentally friendly. The other things he did (haggling and asking to share wifi) are not typical and may be somewhat rude, but they're not completely outside the realm of social acceptability.

(That being said, Jeff did go through his hosts' garbage--though I think that was for the cameras--and his wife was suspiciously absent from the show.)

ETA:

Either she is getting some, or she is protecting herself in case she gets assaulted someday (which I know sounds ridiculous but she does have her own way of thinking..)


Or she has endometriosis, or she has hormonal acne, or she has PCOS, or she has PMDD, or she has difficult periods...

Edited by TookiClothespin, Nov 10, 2012 @ 7:23 PM.

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Posted Nov 10, 2012 @ 8:40 PM

Pee jar lady was some kind of nutso, but so was her BF for putting up with it! WHY didn't he just go back to his own house and be done with it? They could just date and have fun together without living together.

Goat head guy was seriously disgusting. He seemed like he enjoyed his cooked goathead and even went so far as to tell us which parts he was eating. "The eyes are really good" or something like that. Thought I was going to blow chunks, but that's just me.

Anniversary guy just seemed like he wanted nothing more than to bargain for EVERY SINGLE FRICKIN' THING he paid $$$ for. Seriously annoying. I bet he'd be right at home in Mexico.
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Posted Nov 10, 2012 @ 9:04 PM

The other things he did (haggling and asking to share wifi) are not typical and may be somewhat rude, but they're not completely outside the realm of social acceptability.



I don't think it's rude. I actually considered taking that tip. I live in an apartment and get three of my neighbors' signals with excellent strength. I might actually walk over to a neighbor and ask to split a bill with them. It's ridiculous that I'm spending $50/week for internet. Nobody wins from this social unacceptability except Time Warner. Maybe it's time to defy social convention.
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Posted Nov 10, 2012 @ 10:58 PM

It's ridiculous that I'm spending $50/week for internet. Nobody wins from this social unacceptability except Time Warner. Maybe it's time to defy social convention.
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You're also allowing them access to your network. You could get in some serious trouble that way. Hell, your neighbor could be downloading kiddie porn and saving it on YOUR hard drive. That would suck, now wouldn't it?
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Posted Nov 11, 2012 @ 8:57 PM

Haven't you ever heard about people who will park in front of a Starbucks to access their internet? My nephew got caught by the police doing it outside a bank. Luckily, he was let off with a warning.
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Posted Nov 11, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

Hurricane Sandy brought many 'cheapskates' outside the closed Starbucks in New York City. Was the only way for people to get some wi-fi service when needed during their hardships of the disaster that hit their neighbourhood.
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Posted Nov 12, 2012 @ 1:33 AM

Hurricane Sandy brought many 'cheapskates' outside the closed Starbucks in New York City. Was the only way for people to get some wi-fi service when needed during their hardships of the disaster that hit their neighbourhood.


I can't tell to what extent you're trolling... (In case you're not: 1. They weren't cheapskates; they didn't have Internet access. 2. Many New Yorkers were expected to return to work (in office or remotely), even before the power was back and the subway system was up and running. 3. While some people were undoubtedly using the Starbucks Internet to check Facebook and reddit and ignoring the bigger issues surrounding them, others were: working, reconnecting with family members and friends, and reading the news.)

Getting back on topic:

I'd share Wi-Fi with neighbors if it weren't for the security/child porn concerns. I don't know enough about computers to take the proper precautions, so I'd probably be like that older couple and opt-out. I wonder if Internet providers have a policy against this? It seems like they'd be losing a big chunk of change if people decided to share Wi-Fi, especially in apartment buildings and urban neighborhoods. You could get so many people on one plan!

Also, just watched the ice cream samples guy. It really bothers me when the men on this show treat their wives as being completely incapable of handling money. I can't imagine being in a relationship where I constantly have to ask my spouse for things; for time spent on our relationship, common courtesy, and the occasional nice gift or outing; and to not humiliate me in public. I've learned two things from watching this show: 1. I have to find a spouse with whom I have similar outlooks regarding saving and spending and 2. I have to find a spouse who's not an "extreme" anything, because I wouldn't be able to live my life with a controlling and generally uncompromising person.
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Posted Nov 12, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

But if you are crazy about them, you're going to have to suck it up but you don't actually have to live with them like pee jar Victoria - I would NEVER move in with her and obey her rules. I would keep seeing her if I was in love with her (and a dude) but I would NEVER move in there. Even if you marry them, you don't have to live with them since it would kill them to have their frugality compromised by your disobedience.

Kate Hashimoto did say that if she were to eat out someone would have to pay - unlike me who would offer to make something with clean ingredients to help someone else save money, Kate actually has no problem with indulging if it is on another person's dime. So someone gaga for Kate would probably have no problem being ALLOWED by her to spend their money on a gas account for her apartment and new furniture and new underwear and new socks.

I do know of someone who is crazy frugal who has no problem having money deposited in his account since he has been laid off. He just won't dip into his own substantial savings to eat better but has no problem taking gifts and subsidies. So these cheapskates aren't actually frugal - it's about something else - something un-nice.

ETA: wifi should be free

Edited by MurlocGurgle, Nov 12, 2012 @ 11:42 AM.

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Posted Nov 12, 2012 @ 5:15 PM

Also, just watched the ice cream samples guy. It really bothers me when the men on this show treat their wives as being completely incapable of handling money. I can't imagine being in a relationship where I constantly have to ask my spouse for things; for time spent on our relationship, common courtesy, and the occasional nice gift or outing; and to not humiliate me in public. I've learned two things from watching this show: 1. I have to find a spouse with whom I have similar outlooks regarding saving and spending and 2. I have to find a spouse who's not an "extreme" anything, because I wouldn't be able to live my life with a controlling and generally uncompromising person.



I've noticed that cheapskate men are usually married while cheapskate women are either single or have a boyfriend that doesn't live with them. It seems that women need to raise their standards and stop accepting controlling men (I see a lot of these cheapskates as controlling since it 1) restricts the behaviors of others and 2) really doesn't save all that much money).
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Posted Nov 12, 2012 @ 10:08 PM

I've noticed that cheapskate men are usually married while cheapskate women are either single or have a boyfriend that doesn't live with them. It seems that women need to raise their standards and stop accepting controlling men (I see a lot of these cheapskates as controlling since it 1) restricts the behaviors of others and 2) really doesn't save all that much money).


Did they talk much about Roadkill Lady's relationship with her husband? I can't remember if she seemed to be controlling toward him.

(I see a lot of these cheapskates as controlling since it 1) restricts the behaviors of others and 2) really doesn't save all that much money).


I totally agree with your first point. If we take Buffet Guy's spreadsheets seriously, though, some cheapskates might really be saving a lot of money. It's one thing if the extreme saving has an end date (like: until we get out of debt, until we put our children through college, until we retire), but it's another if it's forever and unrelenting.
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Posted Nov 14, 2012 @ 5:48 PM

Is this show done for the season? No new episodes this week.
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Posted Nov 14, 2012 @ 6:02 PM

So the ones that dumpster dive for food. Couldn't they watch an episode of Extreme Couponing and figure out how to get free food? Oh, prolly not because they won't spring for cable. Or newspapers. But I guess they could watch it online off the stolen wifi signal and "borrow" the coupons.
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Posted Jan 16, 2013 @ 9:43 PM

I've never had a show invoke my gag reflex as much as this one has.

-The toilet with 3 guys - being flushed once a week, showing the brown rim on the bowl.

-The close ups of road kill.

-The gal sniffing her pee bottle and remarking how pungent it smelled.

unbelievable.

I just watched the Abdul episode and laughed out loud several times. The drive through "let's make it 11 and call it even". Also the cake "what if you don't put on the icing". Then looking at the balloons as he is blowing them up, there is a peace sign, "Happy Graduation", "Happy Retirement", it's comedy gold.

Edited by HollyTime, Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:22 PM.

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Posted Oct 14, 2013 @ 5:59 PM

Looks like the cheapos are back. TLC must have found a new crop of idiots to feature on their show October 30th.  Saw a commercial clip during the Littlest Couple marathon.  Can't remember exactly, but one thing stood out was a couple sharing dental floss (gross!). So TLC is keeping the gross factor there. Get ready to snark people.


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Posted Oct 14, 2013 @ 6:13 PM

I was watching The Ellen Show today and she featured a clip  of a couple sharing a shower (not for sexual pleasures) but to save on water, sharing suds (bottle of shampoo will last 8 months this way) and couple uses the same deodorant stick (one swipe each) plus one toothbrush.

 

Ellen prepared a basket of toiletries and will send off as she was not impressed with their cheapskate practices.


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Posted Oct 26, 2013 @ 11:26 AM

If you insist on sharing dental floss, why wouldn't you rise it off before you use it ?


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Posted Oct 27, 2013 @ 3:39 PM

If you insist on sharing dental floss, why wouldn't you rise it off before you use it ?

 

 

Rinsing off the dental floss cost them .0001 cents  Duh...LOL


Edited by Jazzpaws, Oct 27, 2013 @ 3:40 PM.

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Posted Oct 27, 2013 @ 5:22 PM

 

 

Rinsing off the dental floss cost them .0001 cents  Duh...LOL

 

They need all that cash they saved for the dental work that will be required in say 10 years or so. 


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Posted Oct 27, 2013 @ 5:31 PM

Watching the money you spend is really smart financial advice, and it's good to look for bargains/savings when you can, like buying store brand products, or buying in bulk at places like Costco or Sam's Club, but there comes a point when all the penny-pinching turns into a psychosis.  I mean, sharing dental floss to save money?  Was dental floss ever a big-ticket item that could bankrupt a family? 

 

This is really no different than the people you see on Hoarders, unable to throw anything away, even rotting food that's been in the fridge since the 2nd Clinton administration. 


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Posted Oct 30, 2013 @ 8:50 AM

I watched the recent commercials and didn't know if I could stomach the show - now I've read through the forum and am pretty sure I can't.  Agree with Astriferous that it's a lot like Hoarders... which I only watched for the enjoyment of seeing bat crazy ppl confronted by the sane.

 

I know a guy whose sister saw him take a chunk of like 200 walmart bags off the wrack at checkout, wonder why he needed those. Plus he was caught stealing hangers from people's closets at company parties.  Class one cheapskate, makes me wonder what goes on behind closed doors.  He would bring coke and pepsi to family parties that expired in the 70's and 80"s.

 

I dont know this seems pretty stomach turning, I might have nightmares...


Edited by KarenESP, Oct 30, 2013 @ 8:51 AM.

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