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Financial Potpourri

October 2, 2017
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Here’s a handful of financial observations I’ve had lately :) #1. I lie to myself whenever I say I’m going to sign up to the HBO free trial and then cancel it before it renews Do you do this too? Sign up to binge on Game of Thrones or Ballers, and then stick around for another 3-4 months more “by accident?” ;) This was us […]

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Do You Tip on Carry Out?

November 16, 2015
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For the second time in a row, I accidentally tipped on carry out. The first time was two months ago when I originally meant to ask you guys about this (oops), and the second time happened over the weekend. Both at the same spot, and both times by habit because I saw that damn tip line on the receipt! (I swear companies put this there […]

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My Flat Tipping Rule: Everyone Gets 20%

July 21, 2014
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5 years ago I decided to try out a new tipping rule. Instead of always trying to figure out how much to tip someone, I decided it will be a flat 20% no matter what to save me both time and frustration. Even when I get shitty service. The results so far? I’m a Freakin’ Genius. 5 years down and I honestly couldn’t be happier […]

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The Jobs That Get You The Biggest Tips

December 16, 2013
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[If you guessed sex, booze, and gambling, you’d be right ;)] Saw this video on CNN about Apple stock and home ownership predictions for 2014 (more on that later), but then at the end it threw in a zinger on the people who get paid the MOST via tips at their jobs. Which is always fun to see for some reason? :) And, as we […]

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A Tipping Incident Gone Wrong…

September 30, 2013
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So I had one of those Seinfeld moments Saturday night when I had to chose between being “socially acceptable” or “that guy.” Kinda like the time when George and a friend decide to split the check down the middle, only to find out they wanted to tip differently than each other and one of them was about to look bad, haha… Only in my case, […]

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35 Things NOT to do When Ordering Delivery

January 21, 2011

(Article today by Brandi) The following is a list of things to consider the next time you decide to order delivery from a local restaurant (some are money related, and some are not — but all are true!): We can’t get you your food if you give us the wrong address… Porch lights work wonders. If we can’t see your house number we can’t find your […]

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How much do you tip for take-out?

December 9, 2010

We talked a lot about holiday tipping the other week, but I think this one is MUCH more interesting because it affects almost each and every one of us.  Or at least the ones who enjoy splurging on take-out every now and then :) And I’ve heard pros and cons to both sides here (we’re talking take-out AT the restaurant, btw, not delivery), so I’m […]

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Here a Tip, There a Tip, Everywhere a Tip Tip!

November 24, 2010

Money Mag came out with the “average tip planned for the 2010 holidays,” in their latest Dec issue, and I don’t quite know what to make of it.  I guess they seem fair, but then again it’s like we have to tip EVERYONE for everything these days.  Or maybe I’m just a frugal bastard? (don’t answer that). Anywho, here’s what they suggest is the average […]

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Is it bad that we wrote a check for $10?

July 19, 2010

Is it bad that we still USE CHECKS?! (Ziiiiing!) The wifey and I had to tip our pet sitter the other day and we couldn’t figure out how to go about doing it without annoying her. (We couldn’t do it face-to-face…And on a side note, pet sitting is EXPENSIVE! If you’re ever looking for a new hustle, I highly encourage you to start your own […]

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Splitting The Check Evenly = Tipping Evenly?

October 27, 2009

You and a friend are splitting the check right down the middle, and it’s time for you to tip. Do you a) Discuss the amount to leave with your friend? Or b) Tip whatever you normally would and leave it be? Well, if you’re Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm, you try and force your lunch date to tip exactly the same as you are […]

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Spectacles, Testicles, Wallet and Watch

June 25, 2009

I’d like to share a few tips when driving around in cabs…A friend of mine lost his iPhone in a cab the other day and was going frantic. Not only was he on his way out of town for 3 weeks, but he’s currently unemployed and was dreading the idea of picking up a new one. As with most people, his cellphone is his lifeline […]

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My new tipping rule: Everyone gets 20%! Nice and easy…

January 5, 2009

I’m tired of figuring out who gets what, and why. Plus, it’ll make the math all that easier ;) So from now on it’s a flat 20% wherever I go – no more ifs, ands, or butts about it! And can you blame me? Wherever we go these days someone, somewhere, “deserves” a tip for something and i’m done thinking about it. Servers, cabbies, doormen, […]

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I don’t fall for any of these cockamamy "tipping tricks"… do i?

October 30, 2008

I’ve hinted about some of these before, but i guess i’m not done w/ it yet ;) I can’t help it really, anything having to do with tipping or splitting the check gets my blood pumping. It’s one of those things we’ll forever be debating in the frugal playground of ours. So I dedicate today’s post to my man Student Scrooge who dug up some […]

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Forget about tipping AFTER a service, start tipping BEFORE!

September 2, 2008

That’s right buster, what do ya think will happen if you tip FIRST? My man Baily over at the Change Race is trying to re-write the rules, and I think he’s got it right! “…But one of my things in life, is I think we should tip BEFORE we get the service. After the service is done, it isn’t going to get any better. Why […]

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