From: Bill on
Some professionals and service people have a bit of leeway with what they
charge you for services...

....so look "poor" if going to the vet, taking your car in for repair, etc.
Wear old shoes with holes in them, faded clothes etc. Leave the gold jewelry
at home. Maybe they will keep the cost to a minimum?


From: Michael Black on
On Wed, 23 Jun 2010, Bill wrote:

> Some professionals and service people have a bit of leeway with what they
> charge you for services...
>
> ...so look "poor" if going to the vet, taking your car in for repair, etc.
> Wear old shoes with holes in them, faded clothes etc. Leave the gold jewelry
> at home. Maybe they will keep the cost to a minimum?
>
And then you should pretend to be "a professional" for those that give
"professional discounts"?

That just sounds cheap.

It's one thing to live a certain way, and then get whatever comes your
way (or not), it's another to pretend to be something in order to
"get the best deal".

If you are actually frugal, chances are good that you won't be seen
as "rich", but there it is a reflection of your overall life, not
some costume in order to get a cheaper price.

Michael

From: VFW on
In article <Pine.LNX.4.64.1006231010550.7740(a)darkstar.example.net>,
Michael Black <et472(a)ncf.ca> wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Jun 2010, Bill wrote:
>
> > Some professionals and service people have a bit of leeway with what they
> > charge you for services...
> >
> > ...so look "poor" if going to the vet, taking your car in for repair, etc.
> > Wear old shoes with holes in them, faded clothes etc. Leave the gold jewelry
> > at home. Maybe they will keep the cost to a minimum?
> >
> And then you should pretend to be "a professional" for those that give
> "professional discounts"?
>
> That just sounds cheap.
>
> It's one thing to live a certain way, and then get whatever comes your
> way (or not), it's another to pretend to be something in order to
> "get the best deal".
>
> If you are actually frugal, chances are good that you won't be seen
> as "rich", but there it is a reflection of your overall life, not
> some costume in order to get a cheaper price.
>
> Michael

I did take my nephew to a car inspection done by the state and he did
have a rip in his pants. I think they passed the car even tho it was
un-safe to thin the herd.
I could be wrong.
--
Money! What a concept.
From: Bill on
> And then you should pretend to be "a professional" for those that give
> "professional discounts"?
>

That's a good idea!

I think I'll search the 2nd hand stores for white coats and a stethoscope.
Maybe a nurses hat. Do you think they would know I was not a nurse if I left
my mustache on? :-)


From: The Real Bev on
On 06/23/10 07:13, Michael Black wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Jun 2010, Bill wrote:
>
>> Some professionals and service people have a bit of leeway with what they
>> charge you for services...
>>
>> ...so look "poor" if going to the vet, taking your car in for repair, etc.
>> Wear old shoes with holes in them, faded clothes etc. Leave the gold jewelry
>> at home. Maybe they will keep the cost to a minimum?
>>
> And then you should pretend to be "a professional" for those that give
> "professional discounts"?
>
> That just sounds cheap.

How is this different from commercials designed to make you think that if you
drink the RIGHT beer all those gorgeous bikini babes can be YOURS?

> It's one thing to live a certain way, and then get whatever comes your
> way (or not), it's another to pretend to be something in order to
> "get the best deal".

Yes. Your point? We're no longer required to wear clothing that indicates our
social status. We can wear anything we want. This isn't necessarily a good
thing, but it certainly makes the world a more colorful place.

> If you are actually frugal, chances are good that you won't be seen
> as "rich", but there it is a reflection of your overall life, not
> some costume in order to get a cheaper price.

This is a business transaction, not a date. You do what gets you the best
deal. If that's wearing ratty clothes and using bad language, then so be it.

--
Cheers, Bev
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"To prove my love for you, I had these flowers killed. Put them
in water and it will prolong their slow, agonizing death."