“Tightwad” doesn’t mean that.

by robopanda

This ticks me off.

http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CollegeandFamily/Loveandmoney/P61922.asp

When the check arrives, does your date disappear? Is there a lone dollar on the table after your four-star meal? Does your companion pitch a hissy over the sushi until the restaurant eats your bill?
Guard your wallet. You might be dating a tightwad

NO, you’re dating a jackass, not a tightwad. These aren’t the same thing, despite what spendthrifts would have you believe.

Why do so many people have such a hard time deliniating between spending considerately (thrift) and behaving inconsiderately towards others in money matters (jackass)? My theory is, people who know their own financial health isn’t what it could easily be have to cut others down to feel better. “Oh, well, those people may have an emergency fund and a nice 401(k), but I bet nobody likes them. I bet they don’t tip and they sponge off their friends and they kill puppies and stuff.”

Another line from the article:
So you’ve discovered you’re mixed up with a penny pincher. Is there hope for cheapskates?

Yes, there is. A different spouse, for the penny pincher I mean. One who doesn’t view being a “penny pincher” as something you get “mixed up with” and have to find “hope for.” They make it sound like:
So you’ve discovered you’re mixed up with a drug addict. Is there hope for crackheads?
So you’ve discovered you’re mixed up with a serial killer. Is there hope for sociopaths?

Not sure if your significant other is a certified cheapskate? Go out to dinner; it’s the perfect opportunity to see if someone falls into one of these 10 tightwad categories.

No, it’s the perfect opportunity to waste money on an immature “test”. Not sure if your significant other is a certified cheapskate? Passive-aggressively observe their behavior while doing something that could be financially irresponsible in your current situation! You’re on the road to mental health now!

P.S. the “10 tightwad categories” are not tightwad behaviors. They’re jackass behaviors. HUGE difference.

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