i have a good friend from my earlier years going to a Religious schoool. Mate he is so tightfisted I thought can anyone here beat him? Went out with him last week for lunch.(italian restaurant)Arthurs pizza ,Bondi Junction. First of all he asks the waitress to see examples of plate portion sizes , you can never be sure he says . I must say it pratically took us 30 minutes to find a seat as he didnt want to be near the door ... Then the toilet etc ... He then orders tap water . Determined to get value from his meal , he has used the salt pepper basil you name it. "Why is the pepper not on the tables !! I didnt think he was happy spending money so i offered to pay ! "No no he says.."" They'll just try to use you"" !! It was almost like the staff were the ememy ! "We need to be one step ahead of them" he whispers to me whilst looking at the waitress at the counter. When the meal arrived he said loudly " you call this a meal !!! They gave him free garlic bread i guess to shut him up. Sugars were taken from the table by him, he saw me looking at him. My Mother used to be so tightfisted she would walk from Bondi junction to the city sometimes and back to save her $2.50 a day pensioner ticket !! And that was pulling that trolley walker thing which she boasted she bought for $5.00 !! My mother also "stole" the sugars from the RSL and Leagues Clubs . She would pretend to play the pokies and get her free cup of Tea . Plumbers and tradesmen would give her a discount... She use to play the poor little hunched up Jewish Lady .. She would save the laundry water to put on the garden rather than pay over the water rates. Supermarket leaflets were read back to frint by her . She never ate sweet things and lived on vegetables, tuna, and basic stuff. She would have lights turned off all the time pratically and never had Air Con in her house. My mother would still walk with that trolley walker thing at over 82yo and haggle at the markets. I never understood why she was like that especially in her older years . I think it was a combination of living during the War perhaps. When she passed she left me quite a bit of money but i honestly wished she had done trips away etc with it . Even $2 was a lot to her .. But even now i notice older people in their 70's and 80's very frugal with their money... Except when i go to Bondi Junction RSL to see them sitting on the pokies !!! How tightfisted are you ? Are you a saver ?