Got A Great Cheapskate Story?


Dear Fab & Fru…

We just love the controversial conversations that our column CHEAP vs FRUGAL starts each week, and we want to up the ante when it comes to the ins and outs of money etiquette. Everyone has their own shocking tales when it comes to money and interacting with others – and we want to hear yours!  Fab & Fru – along with some of our favorite experts – will answer your etiquette questions both big and small.

Let’s Talk About It!

  • Are you dating a cheapskate?
  • Is it okay to charge interest on loans to friends and family?
  • Did you skip the wine at dinner last week with your friends but were still expected to split the alcohol bill with everyone?

These are just a few examples of topics our readers have shared with us – we know there are plenty more out there. So ask your questions and share your stories with us by writing us at or leaving a comment below.  And let’s get the conversation started!




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2 Responses to “Got A Great Cheapskate Story?”

  1. Molly says:

    I think a good topic is the very notion of what is cheap and what is frugal. Some people confuse it and think they’re the same, and they’re not.

    Here are my definitions and differences…..

    FRUGAL is a personal decision that only affects the person being frugal.
    Examples of being frugal are:
    Always only ordering the least expensive item on a menu
    Only going to cheap or moderately priced restaurants.
    Only buying things on sale
    Wearing clothes past their “expiration” date. (ie they’re faded, out of style, worn out)
    Only buying something if you have a discount coupon.

    CHEAP is when your actions affect others and there’s often some meanness in spirit displayed even if not intended. Examples:
    Under tipping a waiter/waitress.
    Underpaying your fair share in a group get together – as in “conveniently” forgetting the tax and tip portion.
    Bringing the cheapest item to a group dinner when everyone is asked to bring one thing.
    Recycling an unwanted gift to someone also not likely to want it.
    Under ordering at a restaurant and then stealing half of someone else’s side dish (French fries, etc) or dessert and then not offering to pay for half of it.

    My grandmother had the best definition:
    A frugal person uses a tea bag for two cups of tea.
    A cheap person gives the 2nd cup to the other person.

Any Thoughts?