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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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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!
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
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.
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)
Silicon Valley Blogger presents 10 Cheap Ways To Get Someone A Great Gift For Under $5 posted at The Digerati Life.
RC presents Four Ways to Stay Warm Around the House and Save Money posted at Think Your Way to Wealth.
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/)
Suba presents Income Tax Return Refund Status – Federal and State posted at Wealth Informatics.
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)
Miss T presents Saving Money By Trying to Live a “Pioneer Lifestyle” | Prairie EcoThrifter.com posted at Prairie Eco-Thrifter.
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