Tales of Extreme Stinginess

We personally have done some ridiculously inconvenient things to save not enough money. When you realize that you’re spending 3 hours and gas money to go to a store the next town over save three dollars on apple juice, it really makes you reevaluate how much your time is worth. That said, we love a deal and here are stories of people’s sketchy cheap buys that ended up being their best purchases. On the other side there are people who try to bully and swindle people out of their dollars or complain over the contents of a dollar taco, and those entitled people need to pack up their rotten attitudes.

We personally have done some ridiculously inconvenient things to save not enough money. When you realize that you’re spending 3 hours and gas money to go to a store the next town over save three dollars on apple juice, it really makes you reevaluate how much your time is worth. That said, we love a deal and here are stories of people’s sketchy cheap buys that ended up being their best purchases. On the other side there are people who try to bully and swindle people out of their dollars or complain over the contents of a dollar taco, and those entitled people need to pack up their rotten attitudes.

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Entitled People and Their Irrational Demands

The world has its fair share of entitled people who need to pack up their rotten attitudes. Being in need is one thing, but being straight up abusive because you want a stranger to deliver a camera to your house for 5 dollars is some completely irrational behavior. People of all stripes need to recognize and and quit it with their unreasonable demands.

The world has its fair share of entitled people who need to pack up their rotten attitudes. Being in need is one thing, but being straight up abusive because you want a stranger to deliver a camera to your house for 5 dollars is some completely irrational behavior. People of all stripes need to recognize and and quit it with their unreasonable demands.

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Entitled People Who’ve Gotta Pack Up Their Rotten Attitudes

Whether it’s an insane boss, a demanding sibling, or a complete stranger who wants a 500 dollar lawnmower delivered to their house for free, demanding entitled people need to leave and take their attitudes with them. No family gathering, community board, review section or online marketplace is safe from entitled individuals with their absurd demands.

Whether it’s an insane boss, a demanding sibling, or a complete stranger who wants a 500 dollar lawnmower delivered to their house for free, demanding entitled people need to leave and take their attitudes with them. No family gathering, community board, review section or online marketplace is safe from entitled individuals with their absurd demands.

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Entitled Fools Who are a Waste of Everyone’s Time

Whether it’s cheapness, not valuing other people’s skills or time, or just straight up douche-baggery, the world has its fair share of entitled individuals with unreasonable demands. It really changes your opinion of someone when they not only want valuable stuff for free, but are also threatening jerks about it. These entitled folks need to leave and take their attitudes with them.

Whether it’s cheapness, not valuing other people’s skills or time, or just straight up douche-baggery, the world has its fair share of entitled individuals with unreasonable demands. It really changes your opinion of someone when they not only want valuable stuff for free, but are also threatening jerks about it. These entitled folks need to leave and take their attitudes with them.

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Entitled Freeloader Offers Cool Vibes For Free Place

This choosing beggar decided to offer up his “cool vibes’ in exchange for a free place to live. That is an interesting way to go about negotiations. The comments section was definitely lit up over the guy’s seemingly profound level of unawareness and entitlement. 

This choosing beggar decided to offer up his “cool vibes’ in exchange for a free place to live. That is an interesting way to go about negotiations. The comments section was definitely lit up over the guy’s seemingly profound level of unawareness and entitlement. 

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Entitled People Who Need to Pack Up Their Absurd Demands

Some folks have a problem when it comes to asking for free stuff. Be it scammy influencers, horrible Karens, dudes who want to bully you into selling a truck for 50 bucks or people who want you to work for free, there are absurd demands being flung every which way. It seems like the world just has to forever deal with entitled folks.

Some folks have a problem when it comes to asking for free stuff. Be it scammy influencers, horrible Karens, dudes who want to bully you into selling a truck for 50 bucks or people who want you to work for free, there are absurd demands being flung every which way. It seems like the world just has to forever deal with entitled folks.

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Entitled People and Their Absurd Demands

People are out here demanding stuff for way below its actual value, wanting free junk and being rude about it, and asking people to work for them for free among other things. Entitled people have a laughable boldness and we’re not sure if it actually gets them anything. It seems like no matter the obstacles in their way, they keep up with their unreasonable demands.

People are out here demanding stuff for way below its actual value, wanting free junk and being rude about it, and asking people to work for them for free among other things. Entitled people have a laughable boldness and we’re not sure if it actually gets them anything. It seems like no matter the obstacles in their way, they keep up with their unreasonable demands.

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Entitled People Who Need to Abandon Their Nonsense

The world has its fair share of entitled people who just want stuff without thinking of the needs and decisions of anyone around them. From nitpicking over petty stuff to wanting people to work for them for free, the world is full of entitled people and their unreasonable demands. For a real good one, here’s an entitled mom who lashed out when her babysitter found a better job.

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Cheap Lady Fakes Her Own Death Just To Get A Free LulaRoe Dress

Damn, of all the things you could and should fake your own death for, LulaRoe apparel is not one of them

If you’re not familiar with the pyramid scheme that is LulaRoe, then first of all, you’re a lucky bastard. But in all seriousness, we’ve got you covered with copious examples of total LulaRoe fails.

In this wild ride of a story, a woman named Jennifer was apparently really desperate for a free LulaRoe dress called an  “Amelia.” So desperate, in fact, that she felt it appropriate to fake her own death in a Facebook group and get caught up in a whole web of lies. Yeah, we’re confused about it too…

Damn, of all the things you could and should fake your own death for, LulaRoe apparel is not one of them

If you’re not familiar with the pyramid scheme that is LulaRoe, then first of all, you’re a lucky bastard. But in all seriousness, we’ve got you covered with copious examples of total LulaRoe fails.

In this wild ride of a story, a woman named Jennifer was apparently really desperate for a free LulaRoe dress called an  “Amelia.” So desperate, in fact, that she felt it appropriate to fake her own death in a Facebook group and get caught up in a whole web of lies. Yeah, we’re confused about it too…

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How to Cook Christmas Dinner for 6 on a $75 Budget

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Want to make Christmas dinner but don’t have a lot of money to spend? That’s okay; just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to be a Scrooge about it and forgo a nice meal for your close family and maybe a friend or two. Cooking a special holiday dinner for six people for less than $75 can be a reality. No kidding. You gotta be smart about it, however.

The Cheapest Option: Potluck Power

For the most affordable option (which can also give you more wiggle room to spend on decor and a meaty main if you want to), make it a potluck! Pick one or two dishes you’ll make at home, like the main meat and a side dish, plus a cider or punch, then assign the rest to friends.

If you want to go this route, see our holiday brunch potluck guide and just adapt it to the evening hours by swapping in side dishes and easy party appetizers for the breakfast items.

Handling It All Alone? What to Watch Out For

If you’d rather do all the things on your own, you can still pull it off! But follow these tips, and then see our suggested recipes for keeping the meal under budget.

Know the Potential Trouble Spots

Wine, cocktails, cheese, ready-made canapés, and the main animal protein are often where people falter. No, that’s not the whole meal. First off, if you’re having a couple guests, ask them each to bring a bottle of wine. You could even ask them to bring cheese, but that depends how punctual they are if you want it as part of your hors d’ oeuvres.

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Related Reading: 9 Great Grocery Store Wines Worth Entertaining With

Take Inventory

Before planning your menu and definitely before shopping, go through your cupboards and refrigerator, including the door where you keep the condiments. You can then pick and create dishes based on what you already have. Plus, you also won’t commit the cardinal sin of buying an ingredient twice.

Plan Accordingly

Let’s break down Christmas dinner into its essential components and give you a budget, tips, and recipe ideas for each portion. Shall we?

Appetizer Budget: $15

Keeping this category under $15 can be hard, but stick to your menu plan, and it can be done. Make one kind of hors d’oeuvres, and then include random extra nibbles. If no one else is supplying the cheese and it’s important to you (as it should be, unless you are lactose-sensitive or intolerant) then spend no more than $10 on one nice cheese only. Get less if you don’t want to sacrifice quality. This is cheesemonger-approved advice.

If your chosen cheese is hard or semi-hard, serve it on a plate sliced into small pieces, which will spread the wealth better among more people. Include a little bowl of honey or jam you already have, as well as any dried fruit, pickles, olives, or pickled anything you find in the fridge. The same goes with nuts; if you have pecans, almonds, or peanuts in the pantry, toast them and toss with a little cinnamon, salt, sugar, and cayenne for a cheap and festive accompaniment.

Cheap Trick:  If you’re serving soft cheese, don’t put it on the cheese board or platter whole. Practice crowd (and budget) control by spreading that goat cheese or ricotta on toasted slices of French bread ($2). Top it with whatever fresh herb you bought for another dish, and fry it in oil so it’s shiny and crunchy. Use fig jam, if you have it. Or dried fig slices. Or roast a red pepper and place slices on top. Then it’s a crostini. Even better, consider whipped feta as a crostini topper.

Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini

Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini with Fried Sage Leaves recipe

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This could cost you the entire appetizer budget if you’re not careful, so if you don’t already have the jam or can’t find it for less than $6 a jar, use dried figs or dates, or another complementary jam that’s already in your fridge (maybe it just came in a gift basket from a generous relative). And use whatever fresh herb you do have, especially if it’s mint—skip it if the crisper is herb-less. Get our Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini recipe.

Duxelles (Mushroom Paste)

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You may not be able to afford beef Wellington on this budget, but you can still enjoy the duxelles. White button mushrooms are cheap. Use sweet yellow onion or whatever onion you already have if shallots are too expensive. This is a good way to stretch that hard cheese you have left from your last batch of pasta. Get our Duxelles recipe.

Main Protein Budget: $25

You already did turkey for Thanksgiving, so try another meaty main. Ham is less expensive than beef, so go ahead and glaze one. At Albertson’s, the largest grocery chain in the U.S., one weekly ad shows a bone-in ham at $0.99 a pound for savings club members, so if you shop around for similar deals and can find a 10-pound maximum ham, you’re well on your way to an affordable yet festive dinner. Spend the savings on your apps, sides, or desserts!

Cheap Trick: You can view most store circulars online these days, or use Instacart to check prices at several stores before you actually head out.

If you do go for beef, pick one of the cheaper, tougher cuts and roast that hunk low and slow (like more than 5 hours) for some no-knife-needed tenderness (try one of these Crock-Pot Christmas dinner recipes).

Don’t buy gravy. Make it from the meat’s fat and drippings, plus flour or cornstarch and some stock if you have it.

Honey Mustard-Glazed Ham

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You see, if you buy a ham like this one at 10 pounds, you could have two to four servings leftover for day-after sandwiches. Yasss. If you only have 3/4 cup of honey, do it anyway, without buying more honey. Or swap in maple syrup if you only have that. No biggie. Get our Honey Mustard-Glazed Ham recipe.

Sides Budget: $20

Root vegetables are in season, and they’re cheap. That goes for carrots, parsnips, onions, and potatoes. The simpler you keep it, the less you’ll spend. Let the natural flavors of the vegetables assert themselves.

Mash your potatoes with butter and salt or roast them in wedges with some oil and herbs. Roast carrots with olive oil (or peanut oil), salt, and pepper. If you have herbs, sprinkle some in there too, or maybe add a little squirt of mustard and/or maple. Do the same with broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc. A seasonal squash can be wonderful too; pick up your sharpest knife and give it the Hasselback treatment to make it special (don’t worry about the pomegranate if it’s too much; it’s a nice touch but the dish is still great without it, or you can swap in dried cranberries).

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Now you need at least one green. Buy whatever green is the least expensive and most in season, and saute it with garlic, pepper, or maybe even nutmeg. Or make a crisp, refreshing salad with a vinaigrette based on whatever’s in your cabinets; add dried fruit and nuts if you have those in the pantry too.

If you require stuffing, keep that simple too. Make a ($1) box of Jiffy cornbread for your stuffing, and use celery, onions, and broth to bump up the flavor. As with the salad, if you have any dried fruits or nuts in the kitchen, toss those in as well. About three side dishes should be enough. To be safe, you could make some dinner rolls or biscuits too (or have someone bring them).

Cheap Trick: Make your bread even more special with composed butter. Soften the butter and add herbs, honey, or spices and then harden the butter again in the fridge. It will seem fancy and will cost you nothing extra.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Consider this recipe, especially if you already have a bunch of flour and whole milk. You’ll only need to buy one sweet potato. Cut the biscuits smaller if you need more than eight total. Get our Sweet Potato Biscuits recipe.

Skillet Kale

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You could use any bitter greens for this dish, which pairs well with savory mains. It’s especially good if you have raisins on hand (like in this Citrus Collards with Raisins recipe), but a simple spritz of lemon juice will suffice.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pears

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One large butternut squash, or two medium-sized ones if your guests have heartier appetites, a few pears, and onions and you’re ready. Save money by using dried rosemary. Get our Roasted Butternut Squash with Pears recipe.

Dessert Budget: $10

The trick here is to pick an in-season fruit and play off that. Apples, pears, or cranberries are go-to ideas.

Cheap Trick: If you don’t want to attempt a pie crust, make an apple-cranberry crumble. Serve it with freshly whipped cream, which requires only a small carton of cream. Add brown sugar or maple syrup to it if you wish (and have it).

Or go with simple cookies or bars, something that doesn’t require anything expensive.

Easy Apple Crisp

Easy Apple Crisp recipe with cinnamon oatmeal streusel

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No crust necessary, just the oats and brown sugar you might already have in the cupboard (if not, buy just a small amount of oats from the bulk section to save money). Make it with whipped cream on the side or dolloped on top. Get our Easy Apple Crisp recipe.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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You might get away with making these wonderful and seasonally festive cookies by buying only a bar of chocolate and powdered sugar, if you don’t already have it, and if you have four eggs lying around. Get our Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe.

Drinks Budget: $5

Buy a big jug of apple or cranberry juice and make a mulled beverage. If you have a bottle of bourbon (or someone is nice enough to bring one), you can spike individual glasses). Or just save your five bucks and drink the wine that your guests supplied and give the kids and nondrinkers water. It’s all good.

Mulled Apple Cider

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Don’t have those whole spices this recipe requires? Use the powdered versions you do have. Be flexible. This is really an extra anyway. Get our Mulled Apple Cider recipe.

Cheap Trick: If you’re serving some of the same things you did at Thanksgiving, see how to make cocktails with your cooking ingredients too; assuming you have a little vodka or whiskey rattling around already, you can make a lot of easy, festive drinks from the dinner ingredients.

Stay strong. Stick to the plan. Don’t go credit-crazy. And don’t be afraid to enlist help.

See our Holiday Headquarters for more tips, tricks, hacks, and recipes.

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Lying Producer Gets Verbal Take-Down for Offering Gig With No Pay

This lying cheapskate didn’t know what he was getting into when he asked for free dancers to shoot a music video. Rather than letting people get manipulated for no money, this person let the guy know that he was full of BS. For more rude people who wanted free stuff, here are some entitled folks who need to leave and take their attitudes with them.

This lying cheapskate didn’t know what he was getting into when he asked for free dancers to shoot a music video. Rather than letting people get manipulated for no money, this person let the guy know that he was full of BS. For more rude people who wanted free stuff, here are some entitled folks who need to leave and take their attitudes with them.

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Lying Producer Get Verbal Take-Down for Offering Gig With No Pay

This lying cheapskate didn’t know what he was getting into when he asked for free dancers to shoot a music video. Rather than letting people get manipulated for no money, this person let the guy know that he was full of BS. For more rude people who wanted free stuff, here are some entitled folks who need to leave and take their attitudes with them.

This lying cheapskate didn’t know what he was getting into when he asked for free dancers to shoot a music video. Rather than letting people get manipulated for no money, this person let the guy know that he was full of BS. For more rude people who wanted free stuff, here are some entitled folks who need to leave and take their attitudes with them.

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Entitled Folks Who Need to Leave and Take Their Attitudes with Them

Most people have a decent idea of how to talk to a stranger and not waste their time. Especially when it comes to something like selling a piano, it helps to know what you’re getting into. Sometimes people lose sight of that and make insane demands and insult the person trying to deal with them. Customers, random strangers, and even potential employers try to get away with crazy levels of entitlement. This can result in extremely frustrating instances of entitled people with their nonsense who need to get outta here. Crazy demands can extend to every level of society, like this entitled college slacker who demanded a classmate’s notes and got denied.

Most people have a decent idea of how to talk to a stranger and not waste their time. Especially when it comes to something like selling a piano, it helps to know what you’re getting into. Sometimes people lose sight of that and make insane demands and insult the person trying to deal with them. Customers, random strangers, and even potential employers try to get away with crazy levels of entitlement. This can result in extremely frustrating instances of entitled people with their nonsense who need to get outta here. Crazy demands can extend to every level of society, like this entitled college slacker who demanded a classmate’s notes and got denied.

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Christmasy Tale Of Choosing Beggar’s Quest For Free Journal

This customer decided to intervene on an entitled woman’s irritating quest to lock down a sticker (for a free coffee journal) by ultimately doubling back and taking the sticker she’d originally turned down. The only way she could’ve rubbed it in the entitled customer’s face more would’ve been to eat the sticker in front of her. Sheesh. 

This customer decided to intervene on an entitled woman’s irritating quest to lock down a sticker (for a free coffee journal) by ultimately doubling back and taking the sticker she’d originally turned down. The only way she could’ve rubbed it in the entitled customer’s face more would’ve been to eat the sticker in front of her. Sheesh. 

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Entitled Individuals Who Attempted to Take Advantage of People

While most people have a sense of decency and shame, there are still a large number of entitled morons who expect the world to cover their expenses. From entitled moms wanting to pay 3 dollars an hour for full time childcare, to jerks who demand someone deliver a free couch to their doorstep in the middle of the night, to entitled bridezillas who cancel weddings and keep the gift money, there’s a lot of money-based drama to be had.

While most people have a sense of decency and shame, there are still a large number of entitled morons who expect the world to cover their expenses. From entitled moms wanting to pay 3 dollars an hour for full time childcare, to jerks who demand someone deliver a free couch to their doorstep in the middle of the night, to entitled bridezillas who cancel weddings and keep the gift money, there’s a lot of money-based drama to be had.

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27 Entitled Cheapskates That Need To Get A Clue

Older people often complain about a lack of work ethic in younger generations. While they’re often dead wrong (see: all the millennial hatred) there are often exceptions. These folks clearly don’t understand the concept of hard work or humility. The entitlement is off the charts!

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Ditch The Personal Trainer: 5 Pretty Bad Stretches You Can Do At Home

Personal trainers are expensive, and sometimes it can feel next to impossible to fit a trip to the gym into your busy schedule. But not to worry! This list has you covered with five pretty bad stretches you can do at home for free! They all suck and none of them require a personal trainer!

1. Spread Your Fingers Out

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No Equinox membership? No problem. Simply stretch your fingers out as far as they’ll go four or five times, and you’ll have completed this boring and relatively unhelpful stretch! Your hands will feel either a little more limber or pretty much the same in no time. Tell that to your friends sinking hundreds of dollars into Crossfit each month!

2. Chair Sit

This stretch might look like just sitting in a chair, and in fact it is just sitting in a chair. It’s no good, stretching wise, but it costs zero dollars and is easy to do at home or at the office—and that’s a win!

3. Feet Near The TV

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To do this easy, bad stretch, follow one simple rule: Get those feet near the TV! Yep, you don’t need a spotter or a fancy machine—wherever you are in relation to your television, just stretch your feet a little closer to it! As far as what muscles this is for, we have no idea. Legs, maybe? This stretch is not going to help you, but you can try it for FREE today. Your wallet will thank you!

4. Horizontal Cheek-Puff

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It’s time to quit your $35-a-pop cycling classes, because there are so many other, worse exercise options out there. This one is a stretch called the horizontal cheek puff, in which you lie on the ground and puff out your cheeks. It’s an equally bad stretch for both your face and your body, and it’s low-impact enough that its effect on your skeletal system has gotta be pretty negligible. Honestly, we’re not sure what the point of stretching is anyway—to make your body floppier? Sounds unnecessary. Regardless, kiss the pricey SoulCycle studio goodbye and give this worthless stretch a go!

5. The Plain Stand Up

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Standing up the plain way is a simple exercise you can do at home for zero dollars and with zero benefit to your body. If you feel like you’re standing, you’re doing it right! This innovative and bad stretch is based on the principle of “standing there,” which is not employed by many other gyms or fitness coaches, and probably for good reason. Yep, your personal trainer and your own body are both going to hate this list of awful stretches you can do at home!

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Entitled Mom Threatens Tutor After She Rejects Her Cheap Offer

This entitled mom refused to accept the fact that people actually expect fair compensation for their services, and on top of that, didn’t understand that people can be qualified to speak more than one language. Amidst the choosing beggar meltdown, the mom threatens to tell on the tutor for her being “unfriendly.” Now that is a load of BS. 

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Choosy Cheapskates Who Wanted People’s Hard Earned Cheddar

Asking for help when you need it is one thing. It’s a completely different thing when you ask for free stuff you can easily afford, try taking advantage of people’s goodwill, demand frivolous free crap, and become extra unreasonable when you don’t get it. Choosing beggars come from all walks of life, and they try to walk all over everyone else’s.

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Obnoxious Lady Refuses To Pay Her Babysitter Because She Got Free Ice Cream

Entitled parents like this lady need to take a big bite out of reality – nothing in life is free!

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