Festival of Frugality #268 – Cheapskate Jake Edition – February 15th, 2011

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Welcome frugal personal finance students! Thanks for stopping by.

My Personal Finance Journey is very proud to be hosting this week’s edition of the Festival of Frugality. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Festival, its purpose is to spotlight the excellent ideas that are floating around in the blogosphere that help readers squeeze a few extra pennies, nickels, dimes, or quarters out of every dollar. And, in this age, I believe that we all could use some good advice on how to do this!
The theme (awesome stories of cheapskates around the world) of this edition of the Festival of Frugality is dedicated to the kickoff of a new guest posting series that was recently created on My Personal Finance Journey called Cheapskate Jake’s Frugal Ramblings


You all probably saw Cheapskate Jake commenting on you all’s posts submitted to this carnival (which I made him do to get his name out there! He threw up quite a fit at first, but I he eventually agreed to read you all’s post when I offered him a 30 pack of Natural Light). I have to apologize for any grammatical mistakes or rudeness that might have appeared in these comments, as Jake is from Frugal Holler in my home state of Arkansas and isn’t the most cultured or educated man on the planet.


Nevertheless, Cheapskate Jake will come on my blog about once per week to share his own unique version of frugal living tips. You can read about Jake and his ramblings at the following link – Cheapskate Jake’s Frugal Ramblings.


I am also running a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway to commemorate the beginning of Cheapskate Jake’s frugal living series! You can enter very easily by clicking the link below and sharing a good story about the biggest cheapskate in your life! Feel free to promote on your blogs in your weekly roundups if you think your readers would be interested.


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Without further a due, let’s get on with the Festival and the stories about various die-hard cheapskates around the world.
Shown below are the top 3 picks out of this week’s submissions. Congrats to the winning article from Jeff Rose, CFP!
Top 3 Editor Picks



1) Jeff Rose, CFP presents How Good of An Investment is Going Back to School? posted at Jeff Rose. With the job market in less than stellar condition, more people are returning to academia to further their education. But, is this a good idea or not? In this week’s winning article, Jeff takes us through a detailed account of all of the decision factors that should go in to deciding whether going back to graduate school is a good idea or not. Are you going back to school for the right reasons?


2) Mr. Broke Professional presents Your Financial Friends May be Taking Advantage of You posted at Broke Professionals. In this article, The Broke Professionals share a story about how their parents were paying WAY TOO MUCH for automobile insurance because they thought that they were getting a “good deal” from one of their personal friends in the insurance industry. A good reminder to all of us that no one is as good at looking after our money as we are!


3) Joe Plemon presents When a Great Deal Isn’t So Great posted at Personal Finance By The Book. In this article, Joe shares one of this own personal finance stories about when he was tempted to use his emergency fund to purchase a new car (sort of a tsk-tsk moment for a personal finance blogger! haha), but ultimately said “no,” and never regretted it!
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Ultimate Cheapskate Story # 1
I used to work with a guy that was so cheap, on his lunch hour he would go to the news stand in the building, pick up the newspaper and stand there and read it. When he finished…he would just put the paper back and not purchase it. 

The same guy was also married to an Orthodox Jewish woman. He could never say no to free food…and one year during the holidays, a law firm sent out holiday hams to their business partners. 

Mr. Cheapskate accepted his ham…but couldn’t take it home. So he hid the ham in his parents garage…and would stop at the house after work for a few slices before heading to his home! 

Another time he submitted an expense report to me for 59 cents ! Looking at this, I just reached into my pocket and handed him a dollar. He was happy because he “made” 41 cents on the deal…and I didn’t feel like making the copies and submitting the report for payment… (Source – Phillygold at http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/omni/674129-biggest-cheapskate-i-know.html

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And now, for the rest of this week’s great frugal articles, listed below in order they were received.

Charles presents Top 7 Ways to Pinch Pennies on Your Credit Card Bills posted at CreditDonkey.com Tips.

Money Beagle presents Price Increase Alert: Yoplait Kids (Dora) Yogurt posted at Money Beagle.

Dave@50plusfinance presents How I Used My Emergency Fund posted at 50 Plus Finance.

Jessica presents True Savings posted at MomVesting.

FMF presents How to Dodge Fees on Checking Accounts posted at Free Money Finance.

Consumer Boomer presents Pros and Cons Of Online Checking posted at Consumer Boomer.

Jason presents Money Problems: Setting Goals posted at Live Real, Now.

Michael presents Different Types of Life Insurance Policies posted at The Dough Roller.

Flexo presents Bank of America Settles Overdraft Fee Lawsuit posted at Consumerism Commentary.

Stephan Marks presents How to Make Money with Paid Surveys posted at Promo Code Center.

Craig Ford presents 8 Ways We’ve Saved Money in the Last 8 Days posted at Money Help For Christians.

Matthew Alberto presents Social Entrepreneurs & Worrying About Money posted at Matthew Alberto .com.

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Ultimate Cheapskate Story # 2

Sometimes when I am feeling really cheap and rebellious, I will go to a buffet, order water with 3 lemons, and then sweeten it with the sugar on the table to make lemonade. True story. (Source – Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey.com) 

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vh presents The High Cost of AARP Delta Dental posted at Funny about Money.

Pat Oaklief presents Work-from-Home: Opportunities But Also Scams posted at Amigram (Free Online Announcements) Blog.

FIRE Finance presents 12 Tips To Lower Your Heating Bill posted at FIRE Finance.

Kevin presents Extreme Recycling: Tips for Creative Reuse posted at Moolanomy Personal Finance.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents 10 Cheap Ways To Get Someone A Great Gift For Under $5 posted at The Digerati Life.

Odysseas presents The Most Common Credit Card Mistakes posted at Wallet Blog.

Ask Mr. CC presents The 1-2-3-4 To Making The Score posted at Ask Mr Credit Card’s Blog.

Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog presents Saving Money on Music posted at Canadian Finance Blog.

Jim Yih presents More Tips to Help You Save Money posted at Retire Happy Blog.

pfblogger presents Thoughtful Spending posted at Personal Cents.

Jason presents 13 Things That Will Make You Poor posted at One Money Design.

Wenchypoo presents Supermarket Swan Song posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

RC presents Four Ways to Stay Warm Around the House and Save Money posted at Think Your Way to Wealth.

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Ultimate Cheapskate Story # 3

I have a dear old aunt. She experienced the Second World War and knows how to be frugal. It is second nature to her.


At her latest birthday, she got a couple of boxes of chocolate. A week later I visited her. She had a bowl of hazelnuts sitting on the kitchen table. I thought nothing of it at the time.


During my visit, we had a piece of chocolate. My aunt took one bite of the chocolate and took out the hazelnut inside and placed it in the bowl. “I don’t like hazelnuts, but it would be a waste just to throw them out.”


Realizing what she had just said, I got sick to my stomach, mainly because I had eaten from the bowl. (Source – http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2008/01/06/the-ultimate-cheapskates-contest-winners/)

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Ben presents Best Gym Membership Deals posted at Money Smart Life.

Ryan @ CML presents Use Netflix to Save on Cable posted at Cash Money Life.

Ryan @ MFN presents Federal Tax Refund Schedule posted at The Military Wallet.

Roshawn Watson presents Am I A Financial Hypocrite? posted at Watson Inc.

LaTisha D Styles presents How to Make Extra Money posted at Financial Success for Young Adults.

Sustainable PF presents Sustainability Tip #39 – Shower with a Partner posted at Sustainable Personal Finance.

Crystal presents SKYPE Can Save You Money posted at Budgeting In the Fun Stuff.

Larry Krant presents Budgeting is Still a Waste of Time posted at Krantcents.

101 Centavos presents Budgeting for the Spring Garden posted at 101 Centavos.

Suba presents Income Tax Return Refund Status – Federal and State posted at Wealth Informatics.

B.B. presents No Bike Commuting for Us posted at Beating Broke.

The Saved Quarter presents Scratch vs. Store Bought: Tide posted at The Saved Quarter.

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Ultimate Cheapskate Story # 4

My husband likes quantity and sales.

For example, we just moved, and in the process I ran across an old receipt from Wal-Mart. It’s a receipt for 366 pair of panty hose. Yes, that’s right: 366 pair of panty hose. Also on the receipt are batteries, motor oil, and oil filters. After seven years, I still have enough new nylons left to last me until January 2007. They were purchased in July 1999.

More recently, Pop found a bargain at Wal-Mart the week after Christmas. Fruitcake regularly $2.99 was on sale for $1.00 a loaf. The more you buy, the more you save. Pop saved $106.00. He bought 53 fruitcakes, all that was left in the store. He spent $53.00. (Source – http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2008/01/04/the-ultimate-cheapskates-book-contest/#comment-110705)

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Kaye presents Prolonging the Life of Your Towels posted at Mrs. Nespy’s World.

Amanda L Grossman presents 15 Frugal Date Ideas posted at Frugal Confessions – Frugal Living.

Melissa presents Works For Me: Credit Card Alternatives posted at Mom’s Plans.

Miss T presents Saving Money By Trying to Live a “Pioneer Lifestyle” | Prairie EcoThrifter.com posted at Prairie Eco-Thrifter.

Well, that wraps up this week’s posts! They sure were some great ones and very interesting to read through!

Get your articles in early for next week (Festival of Frugality #269). It will be hosted by our friends over at Money Crashers. Also, let Jim (the Festival organizer) know if you are interested in hosting as well. It’s a bit of work, but a great way to get your blog out there and meet new folks in the process!

If you were included in this list, please don’t forget to link back to the festival here. Thanks!

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