Have you ever heard the saying “MONEY TALKS AND ———‘

Let’s just say if money talks my money needs a larger vocabulary!

I try to be careful with my money.  I didn’t say frugal or thrifty but I didn’t say I like spending money at a whim either, but I do like to spend.

On out sister station KVNU we run THE DAVE RAMSEY SHOW.  I will listen sometimes trying to get some ideas about how to handle my money.  OH, I can handle it ok but keeping it is a different matter.

Today on PR NEWSLETTER they had a short article about being cheap vs frugal.  Here are a few items that caught my eye, I might even have to make a snide comment or two or three.

  1. Not leaving a tip . . . CHEAP. (If you don’t leave a tip because of poor service, tell the manager or the waitress why.)

 

  1. Buying generic groceries or electronics . . . FRUGAL. (Oh I will somewhat disagree on this one. There are some fantastic items that are generics.  I DRAW THE LINE ON ELCTRONICS!   There are some off brands that are just that off-full.  There was a chain that even had Radio in its name but over the years I found the items at this little shack to be less that what I wanted.

 

  1. Carefully tracking how much electricity you’re using . . . FRUGAL. (And a little cheap too)

 

  1. Reusing tea bags or coffee filters . . . CHEAP. (And icky)

 

  1. Calculating your portion of a group dinner bill to the cent . . . CHEAP.

 

  1. Diluting your hand soap with water so it’ll last longer . . . CHEAP.

 

  1. Using deals or coupons for everything you buy . . . FRUGAL. (Borders on the cheap with me, but maybe that is one reason I don’t have a lot of money)

 

  1. Always tipping 15%, regardless of how good the service was . . . CHEAP. (Agreed, sometimes they go out of the way to provide good service and if you want to tip more go for it.)

 

  1. Re-gifting . . . CHEAP. (NO NO NO NO NO! I disagree, if you are given a gift it is yours to do with what you want and if you can’t use it why not give it to someone else to enjoy.  Yes, I am a regifter!   I admit that I have only done it once or twice)

At a radio station Christmas party several years ago as a white elephant gift I wrapped up a can of SPAM!  The person who got it hated SPAM.  So the next year, his white elephant was the same can of SPAM and I got it!   He regifted, and I ate it!

Sometimes being cheap is frugal and verse visa as I say.

Is it cheap to squeeze Ketchup packets into your on bottle?  What about when you go through a drive through and they pack you up with napkins, do you put those in a drawer to use?

Why just this morning at 5am at a drive through I received about 20 napkins and some plastic cutlery.  The plastic knife is now packed away for future use and the napkins went into the stack.

 

DANG I AM CHEAP

Today on the morning show. Mr. T

Stupid news; a mother and son bonding moment and a drunk that just keeps digging in deeper and deeper.

Laff Lines: Department store dressing rooms

If you will indulge me just a little.  This morning just I was getting ready to come to the station I received a call, the kind of call no one wants to get at 4 am.   My nephew Jeremy passed away early this morning in Memphis.

I helped take care of Jeremy a lot when he was younger.  Seeing him and his cousin Kelly on sit in spins laughing is a great memory for me.  His family moved a lot and so did I for too many years so I had not seen him in several years.  He did come to Logan and was a witness at my wedding.

Last year while I was in Laughlin Nevada I came across a Wonder Woman slot machine and sat down to play.  WHY? Jeremy and I shared a love of the character Wonder Woman.  I took some pictures and sent them to him.  Didn’t send him my winnings, because there wasn’t any.

It is very hard to lose a loved one at any age.  I will take time to shed a tear.  But most of all I will smile every time I read a Wonder Woman story or watch a rerun or even the next time play the Wonder Woman slot machine.  I will think of Jeremy