Sunday, 31 March 2019

No claims on the no claims #TightwadDad 055



I am a #TightwadDad and making my family happy with...

- Car insurance renewal.
"It's gone up 140 quid.
And I don't know if it's because I made that claim for the door but we've got no-claims protection.
So we got the no-claims discount protected but the renewal's gone up anyway.
So what’s the no-claims protection for?
We can drive?
How cool is that?!"
JOY 9

- Pricey-but-nearer Petrol Station: Diesel.
“Only put a tenner in because it’s in the red.
We can drive?
How cool is that?!”
JOY 9

- German Supermarket chain top-up shop: Incl. bread, milk, grapes, oranges, apples, bananas and plums. And frankfurters.
“We could have carried more.”
JOY 7


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Saturday, 30 March 2019

Friday, 29 March 2019

Smoothie vs Dentist #TightwadDad 053



I am a #TightwadDad and making my family happy with...

- Independent local coffee shop: Expensive smoothie x1.
“10 until it got knocked over.”
JOY 6

- Dentist
"Available healthcare.
What's not to like, whatever the outcome or cost."
JOY 10


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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Hiding from the delivery driver again #TightwadDad 052



I am a #TightwadDad and making my family happy with...

- Car Parking.
JOY 7
"It was sort of near where we wanted to go."

- High Street Discount Sports Outlet: 1x basketball.
“With dribbling all the way down the High Street.”
JOY 10

- High Street Chain Food Outlet: 2x sausage rolls
“With dribbling all the way down the High Street.”
JOY 9

- Computer Pre-Owned Games Exchange shop: 2x outdated console discs.
“CHILD: I'm going to get 50 pounds for this bag of stuff!
Offer from the Exchange Shop: £17 in store vouchers.
Offer declined by my child.
Then child bought 2 new discs.
This wasn't my idea.”
JOY 8

- Online Supermarket delivery shop
“I hid while the driver unloaded into our kitchen.
What is the decent thing to do?
Whatever it is, I didn't do it.”
JOY 9


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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Businesses smash it against families #TightwadDad 051



The hardest thing about my Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) being away with the kids is that it’s nearly impossible for us to collaborate and share the details of our spending.

It’s hard enough when we’re in the same room.

Who wants to share the details of their spending any time?

And that’s worse when you’re a family.

It’s embarrassing.
Emasculating or controlling, depending on whichever side you’re on.

To have to share every little spend with each other.

I don’t know how to do this.

If we don’t talk about it, the spends will be forgotten.
And if I do, is that really what we should be talking about over the phone?
And an email or text is harsh.

Businesses have something called purchase orders.
Permission slips to spend stuff, against budgets that have been worked out in advance.

Families just wing it.

Even careful ones, because you don’t know what’s around the corner.

So of course businesses smash it against families.

Look at what we’re up against.
Look at the advantage they’ve got over us.

They actually talk to each other about cash.

And slowly and surely, they draw their plans against us.

I’ve just confused our bank statements with War Of The Worlds
Again.


I am a #TightwadDad and making my family happy with...

- Soft play centre.
"Our kid got hit really nastily by some other kid because, you know, it's the soft play centre."
JOY 7

- Burger Chain restaurant.
Points lost because "toy was accidentally thrown away."
JOY 8

- German Supermarket Chain shop: Juice, yogs, cheese, crisps, ginger, bread.
"Because it was 9.40pm and completely empty."
JOY 8

- Mobile phone bill.
“I really will look into moving our phones to another company.”
JOY 6


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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

The family’s away for a few days #TightwadDad 050



My Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) is away with the kids for a few days.

And I’m guilty that I love it.

For about the first 28 hours.

Then the feeling of “Oh this is how it might feel like” if our lives had taken a very different turn.

And then I open a bill that says we spent £195 in gas and electricity in one month.

How is that even possible.

The pointless objects we could buy in one month for what we spent in heat and light.

We go out to work, if we can, to come back and not die of cold and darkness in the night.

So I turn the heating off.

That’s a Dad’s real job.

I miss my family.

I miss their light.

But most of all, I miss their collective body heat.

I am a #TightwadDad and making my family happy with...

- Gas and Electricity bill.
“Let’s face it. They can charge whatever they think we’ll pay.
Not what it actually costs.
So we should, actually, be really happy about their restraint.
They could’ve made up a really much worse price.”
JOY 3


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Monday, 25 March 2019

I dont know what to say in the checkout queue #TightwadDad 049



I am a #TightwadDad and making my family happy with...

- German Supermarket Chain supermarket shop: Bread, whole cooked chicken, ice cream, cheese spread
“The family are away so I got Herb flavour.”
I bumped into a friend who it turns out is having major personal problems, probably the biggest you could face.
I felt bad for them, but not as bad as not being able to ask more...
They spilled their guts, and I said nothing.
Turns out I felt worse about talking about it in the German Supermarket chain checkout queue.
JOY 1

- Pricey Supermarket: Pricey paste for a sauce for myself.
“I will never feel awkward in the Pricey Supermarket.
This is no place for dads to be sad.”
JOY 8

- Life Insurance.
JOY 1

My family are all 110 miles away seeing relatives, and this is what I got over the phone:

- Weird Dutch Chain Shop That Sells Lots Of Stuff: Tweezers, eye lash curlers, breakfast bowls x2, mandala colouring books, space dust and finger lasers.
JOY 10

- Cafe: Snacks and hot drinks.
“Because the kids had a milkshake and they got the leftovers from the cocktail shaker too and that was practically another drink.”
JOY 10

- Free bubble gums from a shoe shop.
JOY 10


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Sunday, 24 March 2019

How to get cheap console games #TightwadDad 048



I am a #TightwadDad and making my family happy with...

- Nothing.
And the family have all gone away for a few days and they spent...

- Nothing!
JOY 10

Then I double-check with my son on the phone.

- Local Independent Toy Shop: 4x packs of cap gun caps.
“630 bangs.”
JOY 11




How to get cheap console games #TightwadDad Podcast with Neil and Joe 010

Hello, welcome to episode 10!
Welcome back to the Happy Hut. It’s Tightwad Dad Podcast.
I'm Joe.
I'm Neil thanks for clicking on this. It's very special: we’re going to double figures, episode 10.
Already.
I know. I never thought we’d get to episode 10. This is where I found out we haven’t recorded any of them [LAUGHS]

You had an idea for something we could celebrate our 10th anniversary.
Yeah we're gonna we're gonna stop for a week and we're gonna let you decide in the comments if you - I wanna say that - YOU decide what you would want us to talk about.

So if you have any questions... and is that it? Is that all we’re gonna say in this episode?
No we're gonna have to do more because that was only about a minute let's talk about the latest games.

What are the latest games? The consoles we have are really out of date.

PlayStation 3, - because they’re cheap - Xbox, DS Lite, DS Excel, Playstation 1 that Grandad gave us
Oh yeah. But we’ve got Minecraft, that’s still a hit.
It is and it was so expensive to buy even pre-owned because no-one gives...
It was 15 quid...
Yeah 15 quid because no-one gives them up.
I had just the right amount I had to - I had to be like - I was just lucky - I had just the right amount.

That’s true, so that’s our tip isn’t it - to use old consoles to save money.
Yeah because if you have old consoles look it up look up how much minecraft is on ps4 or Xbox and it would be quite a lot unless you have a PlayStation 3, it would only be 15 pounds.

So what consoles do you use, that’s what we wanna ask.
Yeah in the comments.

Leave us a comment if you've got any console money-saving tips because we think buying games for 50p a disc is pretty good but if you've got any better ideas.
No, a pound. I think we get a pound, that’s the cheapest we've got. One pound.
I thought we had some for 50p.
We have one 50p.
Okay.

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Saturday Spend #TightwadDad 047




I am a #TightwadDad and making my family happy with...

- German Supermarket Chain mini shop: Rolls, bacon, fries, milk, easy peel oranges and tomatoes
JOY 5

- Mega Store: Cafeteria meal x4.
"Nice view."
JOY 8

- Mega Store Other Cafe: Hot dogs x2, ice cream, fries.
"In that order."
JOY 8


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Friday, 22 March 2019

If it’s yellow let it mellow #TightwadDad 046



I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- German Supermarket shop: Bread and a nice rucksack.
"Now I'll look slightly less like a mature student on a Eurorail card."
JOY 10

- Online: Contact lenses.
"It's the difference between seeing and not seeing."
JOY 10

- Water bill.
“My reminder isn’t catching on.
‘If it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown can we leave that for a bit as well?’”
JOY 1

- Martial Arts group monthly fees.
“The only thing this month where I might be getting better at something.”
JOY 9


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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Cost of Datamining. One Porridge. #TightwadDad DAY 045



My usual Coffee Chain loyalty app tells me I’ve won a voucher.

For one portion of porridge.

Can I just “verify” my phone number?

I’ve never given them my phone number.

So my phone number is now worth one portion of porridge.

That’s the current exchange rate in the datamining.

What else have I got and what’s that worth?

This is the time to cash in.

My address.

Is that a panini?

What if I haven’t got anything else.

Why don't I just give them my blood group.

Or my mum’s nickname.

Yeah, that's right.
I’ll just keep shouting “Neilneypops.”
They're bound to give me something for that.

Neilneypops.
NEILNEYPOPS?

C'mon. That's gotta be worth a complimentary cake.


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Pilates.
JOY 9

- Free coffee shop decaf coconut latte.
“Gift card is still going.
Sometimes the kind staff charge my world's biggest reusable cup as a small.
This is how we can break the system together. #teamTIGHTWAD!”
JOY 7

- Expensive Supermarket panic-buying for Valentines.
“At least it's not at night.
But the queue is still full of men with the weirdest baskets.”
JOY 5

- Broadband bill.
“The internet is brilliant.
How else can my kids learn new types of spending.”
JOY 7


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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Do we spend too much on toys? #TightwadDad DAY 044



I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Mobile phone bill.
“I’ve really got to move our mobiles to somewhere else.”
JOY 1

- Free coffee shop decaf coconut latte
“Gift card.”
JOY 8

- German Supermarket Chain supermarket top-up shop: Fruit.
“Kids fighting over which fruit.
They’re fighting.
Over.
Fruit.”
JOY 1




Spend too much on toys? Xbox 180? #teamTIGHTWAD Podcast with Neil and Joe 009

Hello I'm Joe.
I’m Neil, thanks for clicking on this video. It’s the TightwadDad Podcast live from the Happy Hut. Well sort of live. And it’s episode 9!
Nine!

I didn’t think we’d make episode 9.

So this is gonna be about what toys we spend on because - right!

He has two children.

Do you think we spend too much money or not enough money on toys?

I think we're doing the right amount for a kid, yeah.

Well that’s good for a Dad to hear that he’s spending just the right amount on toys.

I’ve bought quite a few of my own toys.
What would you buy, yourself?
That electronic kit I can afford.
What else?
A console.
A console? Which console would you buy?

It’s either a Nintendo switch, an Xbox or a Playstation 4 or 5. Well an Xbox one.
Imagine if there's an Xbox 180 instead of 360.

Would that be better, or worse?
It would have to be more money because this is the latest it's gonna have to be better.

You hear that Microsoft? Your next Xbox should be the Xbox 180.

Yeah, if they’re watching this.
The chances of them watching it is THAT small.
[LAUGHS] I cant even see through there.
There are actually gaps on me - there are actually gaps.

That’s how big Microsoft is likely to be watching.
Oh dear. [LAUGHS]

I don't think that's gonna be a hit.


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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

9 Best replies to How are you? #TightwadDad 043



Yesterday I shared my #TightwadDad Tip:
Always always ask anyone serving you - at a counter or on the phone -
“How are you?”

And then the dread when they reply “How are you?”

9 replies to “How Are You” that get a laugh... (sometimes).

1
I AM UNSTOPPABLE
Especially with security guards, checkins, Border officers - anywhere where they literally can stop you.

2
I AM UNBREAKABLE
The only time this didn’t get a giggle was when I was being seated by an actress at a restaurant table on a stage with Bryan Cranston. (Long story).

It was an accident though.
I didn’t mean to say any link with “Breaking Bad”: maybe it was on my mind subliminally.

But she was trying to maintain her character in this immersive theatrical experience, so came back with a harsh “I do not know what you mean.”

Which, if you ask me, is really bad improv.

Even I know that in improv, you don’t come back with:
“I have no idea what you are talking about.”

That's why both her and I have a long way to hit Bryan Cranston’s acting standards.

3
OUTRAGEOUS
I like this because I have no idea what it means.

“How are you?”
“Outrageous!”

It just sounds naughty and wrong.
And I don’t know why.

4
SEXY
Followed up with “I’ve really got it going on.”
In a completely deadpan voice.
It’s funniest saying this to other men.

The rest I do use on rotation but they aren’t as good as the top 4.

5
IMPECCABLE.
6
SPECTACULAR.
7
MAGNIFICENT.
I like the double meaning that it’s how you feel, but also sounds like OTT bragging.

8
PASSIONATE.
I should try this one more.
Maybe it’s better than “Sexy”.

9
DYNAMITE.
It’s at number 9 but, weirdly, the one I use the most when I’m not feeling like playing along.
Everyone can smell that.
Go for 1-3, they always get the biggest laughs.

They may or may not get you better service.
But they will always always make you feel happy at the end of it.


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Big Supermarket top-up shop: Milks, ham, grapefruit, grapes, cut price noodles and polo tops for school.
“We Marie Kondo'd out a load of clothes at the weekend.”
JOY 5


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TightwadDad Tip Always ask How Are You #TightwadDad 042



TIGHTWAD DAD TIP:
Always always ask anyone serving you - at a counter or on the phone -
“How are you.”

They will have a script and probably already asked “What can I get you?”
Ignore it.

Make the very first thing you say:
“How are you?”

They will always react in an odd way.
At first.
Don’t worry about this.

They’ll even sometimes be openly suspicious - almost hostile - and give you a tone and body language of “What are you up to?”
With a reply like “I’m... fiiiiine?”

I swear I’ve had monthly tariffs lowered and bigger portions of fries with extra meatballs just from asking “How are you.”

That’s not why I do it.
But they do.

I’ve always, always felt better to give them that moment to reset.

And give them some headspace to check themselves and think for a moment
“How am I?”

Back to the tricky part.
When THEY ask back “How are you”.
What’s your best answer?

Every particle of my body is begging me not to answer truthfully or go into my life history.

One answer is to say something ludicrous.
Outrageous.
Something that’s funny and dumb.

“Unbreakable” and “Unstoppable” always gets a laugh.
Because people expect you to just mumble “I’m... fiiiiine?”

But what are the best replies to How Are You?


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Home Insurance Cover.
“Managed to find somewhere lower.”
JOY 8

- Carpet ruined by blue slime silly putty/goo/slime won at the arcade on the birthday trip.
“And this isn’t covered by the insurance.”
JOY 1

- Laptop screen broken.
“And neither is this. Plus the charger is in transit.”
JOY 1


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The supermarket short sold us some cheese. #TightwadDad 041



I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- German Supermarket top-up shop: Bread, fruit, milk, batteries and a remote control lightbulb.
"It looks capricious but it's the only way we can get a light on by the front door."
JOY 8

- Bigger Supermarket medium shop: Ingredients for kid’s cookery lesson tomorrow.
"LSW: The cheese is 2 grams under the weight on the packet.
It’s 2 grams less than we need.

ME: That's outrageous.

LSW: I think it's our scales.

ME: No! I reckon it's deliberate.

LSW: It's probably our scales.

ME: I believe it. They're going 2 grams under on every block of cheese they sell.

LSW: It's our scales.

ME: We could start a class action and sue the supermarket.

LSW: It's definitely our scales.
Plus you just ate the evidence."
JOY 5

- Online shop: Computer charger lead.
JOY 2


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Saturday, 16 March 2019

My dodgy swimming certificate #TightwadDad 040



I was clearing out the loft.
But I can’t let this go.

I found my 10 yards swimming certificate.

And where it should be signed by the Mayor of Camden... someone else has signed it with a PP.

What I love about this precious document is that Camden Council was so efficient in September 1977.
So correct in its administration.
That it could not trouble the Mayor to pre-sign a load of certificates.

Or, I don’t know, fake a load of signatures that looked like it came from The Mayor.

No.

Each certificate had to be signed at the appropriate time, or not at all.

It feels like I have unfinished business.

I don’t know where this leaves my documentation in swimming to 10 yards.

But if the current Mayor of Camden would like to watch me swim 10 yards, I would be very grateful if they could witness it and endorse the necessary paperwork.

Thank you.


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Swimming lessons.
“Still paid, even though we cancelled.”
JOY 1



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I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Train Tickets x2
“Peak time travel.
So had to do the usual maths to work out that buying a single then a return separately with a railcard is still cheaper than just getting a return because the train company and Department For Transport hates me.”
JOY 2

- Supermarket Chain Little Store: Sandwich
JOY 6

- Nice Supermarket Shop Top-up: Milk and chocolate milkshake powder.
"It would've been higher because it was in an expensive supermarket, but I was with the kids."
JOY 7


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My measuring joy is wrong #TightwadDad 038



I’m having a row with my Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) about how we’re measuring JOY.

LSW wants to know how the scores are fixed.

Giving a Joy of 10 for filling up with diesel, she says, is making a mockery of the measurements.

“What if something comes up that actually deserves a joy of ten?!”

But, for me, the scores always have to come down to how we feel.

In this case, how I feel about the fuel.

It’s a gut score - not calibrated on anything - but how you feel right now.

My wife says this is utter nonsense.

She wants to gather data and evidence to support a situation.

Whereas I just guess it, from my own gut.

I have a big gut feeling.

I think my wife agrees.

I think that’s good.

And hope this helps guide you measuring the JOY of spending in your own life.


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Bank account fee.
“Why zero?
You want the bank account for free?”
JOY 0

- Charity shop: Coat, and birthday gift
"It's a really nice coat."
JOY 9

- German supermarket chain top-up: Bread, sweet chili sauce, ham, yoghurts.
"Bumped into neighbour.”
JOY 7

- Online Shop: Fountain Pen ink for my child.
“But it's 2019.”
JOY 2


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Sold an old car manual on Ebay #TightwadDad 037



I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Free decaf coconut latte (on gift voucher)
"Because it's free.
But also had a good working session and a little breakthrough about why I am doing this.”
JOY 10

+ Sold an old car manual on Ebay!
“Getting rid of something.
And getting money.
Though one mark off for taking so long”.
JOY 9

- Postage of eBay package.
“Self-service Post Office machines.
I don’t feel like I’m helping myself by getting better at using them.”
JOY 1


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Metal strip comes off my toe. #TightwadDad 036



Today is the day the metal splint comes off my broken toe!

Is it a splint? Or a stent?

I don’t care. I can feel my sock again.

My Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) is hinting loudly to wash it, but I won’t.

I’ve got more important things to do.

Like staring at my foot and touching it.

Plus my son begged me to give him the metal splint.
(It’s splint. He looked it up.)

Anyway, this is a long way of saying that today would be the perfect day to stop sharing online what we’re spending.

I could look back at what I’ve learned during my injury.

Spend some time reflecting on how we feel about money.

How we’ve come closer together as a family from talking about it.
Maybe it’s just time to end this now.


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Decaf coconut latte coffee in a coffee shop chain shop.
JOY 5

- Hot chocolates in local independent coffee shop x2.
"Would be a 10 but it was with one dirty spoon."
JOY 9

- Hospital Car Park.
“The splint was taken off.”
JOY 10

- Diesel.
"I am a terrible person killing the planet.
And I love filling up from a more expensive pump, that’s nearer to home."
JOY 7

- Expensive supermarket chain mini petrol station branch: Thai box for birthday meal.
“Though these birthday spends are mounting up.”
JOY 10

- Big supermarket, little top-up shop: Bread, eggs, birthday doughnuts.
“I feel like I'm justifying the doughnuts.
I am.
They are birthday doughnuts.”
JOY 4
"Because the kids were running around."

- FREE metal splint for my son.
“I’m going to bend it and put it on my shelf.”


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Scores of joy for everything we spend. #TightwadDad 035




I’m writing this in delay, and the first ‘share’ goes up publicly online tomorrow.

Trying to explain this timeline hurts my brain.

I’m nervous, but we’re well over the month of cataloguing what we’re spending.

Except now, we’re giving a score of happiness on each spend.

It’s been a while creeping it in now, since I made that video recording everything I spent on a working day in London.

But this is the first day of measuring the joy of each one properly.

And it’s good.
It feels more useful.

It feels better logging the joy, instead of the cash spent.
What’s wrong with me?

I’m getting more mindful about the mindless spending

Tomorrow though. That’s a very special day...


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Life insurance.
“Still haven’t checked what ghastly events this covers.”
JOY 1

- Birthday present for a friend.
"I liked the product. But it wasn't for me."
JOY 7



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My Long-Suffering Wife made the unfortunate mistake of asking me what I’m thinking.

Of course, we hold back in these situations.
Because she's just checking she knows what’s in there anyway.

But I went for it:
“This is actually what’s going on in my head.

Our town council is so poor, the private company bin men come over from another county town 20 miles away and empty our beautiful but bloated streets in one concerted hit.

Our bin men are brilliant.
Even though they’re not ‘our’ bin men.

And I know that should be gender neutral, but the bin men on our street never change.
To deny their gender choice seems... disrespectful.

But the thing I like about them the most is their hi-vis wooly hats.

And I want one.

I don’t know why but my phase of bright colours stopped suddenly.

I’m now into greys and navy blues.
Maybe it’s my broken toe.

Maybe it’s a good sign that it’s getting better.
That I want the bright colours again.

Okay, here’s the idea:
These bright yellow hats are company-issued, and staff are selling them off on Ebay.

I could get one off Ebay.

And I’m bothered that don’t have a problem with that.

I pay council tax, which goes straight into the pockets of the couple of companies which do this in the UK.
I practically deserve a bright yellow hat as a bent kickback.

Turns out it’s actually quite hard to find.

I’m looking up hi-vis hat, and Ebay is showing me loads of Royal Mail worker hats.

I’d dress up as a Postman - but the colour scheme’s really down.

I’ll look up hi-vis yellow hat instead.
And the company name with all the combinations I can think of.

But nothing.
Not even on the completed listings.

These bin men are good.
Loyal to their company.
If the company provide them.

I could just buy one of the unbranded ones.
They’re only a few quid.

Okay... I can offer the bin man some money to buy his.
But then they won’t be seen properly and might get hurt.

Okay. I need to think this through.

I look up the other Bin Man company.
Yep, their staff are selling their hats.




Maybe we do have the best other Bin Man company.

So there, now you know what’s in my head.

But regrettably, not what's on it.”


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- German supermarket chain supermarket shop: Chicken and ice cream.
“Short checkout line, no incidents.”
JOY 7


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DAY TRIP TO SOUTHSEA! #TightwadDad VLOG 004 | Neil Mossey



I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Parking at the beach.
JOY 1

- Arcading in the amusements.
JOY 11
“I love that word, arcading.
Like it’s a job.
It is.”

- Fish and chips dinner on the pier with an English Channel view.
JOY 9 to 10
“Plus offered £11 off for poor service, even though we thought it was quite good.”

- Free cinema tickets (paid by Granddad).
JOY 8.5
“And tested out a game ‘Multiplex Cinema Screen Roulette’ with my boy.
The rules are simple.
You sneak into other screens, gambling that it’s not something massively wrong.
This’ll be a hit if we had more time, but had to balance it against the validated parking.
With actual money involved, there’s the real jeopardy.”

- Parking at cinema.
JOY 6
“Validated. £2.10.”

- Supermarket chain mini store shop: Milk x2.
JOY 5

And here is a transcript of how we reached these scores.

[MUSIC] Hello I’m Neil - #TightwadDad.
I made a video where I took a trip to London, and I measured the Money vs. JOY.
And today, it’s my son’s birthday.
And we’ve come here to Southsea!
[MUSIC] So already the spending’s started.
We’re on £4.10 for the beach parking.
Joy there is 1.
[MUSIC] Doing first?
Arcade.
Arcade.
[MUSIC] [COIN PUSHER NOISES]
Arcading.
Score out of 10 for Joy.
Arcading?
Eleven.
Eleven?
So it was 11 for the arcading.
[MUSIC] 9 to 10.
So shall we call it 9 and a half?
9.5?
Yeah.
9.5.
So now we’re gonna go to the cinema.
It’ll be interesting to see how much money versus joy that brings.
[MUSIC] It’s amazing.
I’d rate this a 10, just walking here.
Just being here’s a ten?
So just being in the multiplex place is a ten.
Yeah.
[MUSIC] Hey Joe what did you think of it.
I liked it.
Yeah?
So how much Joy was that.
Well it was all so sad.
It was sad - we laughed, we cried...
I’ll give it an eight!
An eight.
An eight and a half.
Yeah, I’d give it-- eight and a half?!
So for this particular film, it was an 8 and a half.
And parking was £2.10.
How much Joy for the parking?
Erm, I think they should’ve done it...
I’ll go for a... six.
So a six?
Six for a parking?!
That’s quite high.
Okay.
Six.


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I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- German supermarket chain supermarket quickie shop: Bread, birthday cake ingredients, maple syrup, kitchen roll.
JOY 7

- Decaf coconut latte in a coffee shop chain coffee shop.
“Because it was charged as a 'small' even though my reusable cup is big, because the staff are kind.”
JOY 8

- Life Cover.
“And what’s the cover for?
In the event of my death, my family can carry on spending.”
JOY 1


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I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Birthday presents.

- Free toothbrushes and toothpastes from dentists.

- Supermarket shop: Reduced BBQ prawns, reduced spatchcock chicken, birthday candles, party poppers, balloons.




2019? What about hoverboards? #TightwadDad Podcast with Neil and Joe 008

Let’s see if we can get up to 10.
Hello welcome to episode 8 of the TightwadDad Podcast, with me Neil.
And Joe.
And welcome back to the Happy Hut.

Episode 8!
Eight!
We never thought we’d get this far!
No, and we’ve been sat here for about...
(LAUGHS) It’s been 15 minutes since I've looked at the clock.
It is.
Episode 8.

I don’t have any questions.
But what are we going to talk about?

I feel like - our year - look there's a lot of things are going on - yeah - like Big Ben.
It's being rebuilt.
It's, it's gonna be its original colour.
New technology: there's going to be new technology.

So you’re saying that “this is an exciting year.
This is 2019.
This is an exciting year to live through?”

Yeah we're in the future.
We're in good future - yeah.
But I wanna talk about film predictions.
Because you know Back To The Future II?
Yeah.
2015.
They're thinking way ahead.
They were, at the time.

They’d think things would hover.

What happened to the hoverboards?
I still want one.
Okay.
But I thought everyone would be using them, and they’re not.
Well, when we were on holiday - I saw this girl on a hoverboard.
I really wish I had one.

You really want one?
Yeah - but then there's gonna be a new thing as soon as I get it.
Exactly.

This is what I don't like.
But you said-- Dad, your eyebrows are so long!
I know.

We made a whole video where Joe pulls out my eyebrows.
And I haven’t trimmed them since then!
[LAUGHS] Are you just looking at my eyebrows now?

No but like the whole time we've been podcasting Yeah.
You know that scar there where you fell off your bike?
Yeah.

I've been looking at that the whole time.
And now you’re looking at my eyebrows.
Yeah.

So we gonna make another video where you pull out my eyebrows?
Maybe.
Okay.
Well this has been a fantastic episode.
So if you've gotten this far into a video please subscribe if you think this is a good video and leave a thumbs up that you've got this far into the video and you've liked it.
Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you on the next episode of Tightwad Dad.
Bye!
Can you please help my daddy get 1000 subscribers, just click on his face.
Thanks, bye!
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I had a card through the door:
“Unfortunately we can’t deliver your item because there is a fee to pay.”

Like it’s my problem.
Except now it is.
What a tease.

A 2 quid lottery gamble on I don’t know what from I don’t know who.

And now I’m annoyed that they've really made me want it.

You'd think that's genius.

But they've personally handwritten this invite to me in Biro.
And built and maintained a whole local storage facility network to handle my stuff.

And I know that I'm no good at macro economics but...

"Did you just spend way more than 2 quid on this card?
Did you?
Cool!

Okay.
I see your timewasting.
And yes.
I'm gonna double down!"

Because the one thing I crave in my life right now is yet more correspondence.

So I go to the sorting office to get it sorted.

I ask the kind man behind the bulletproof glass if it's okay to peek before paying.

“Sure! Here it is. Do you think you want it?”

"You win this time Royal Mail.
Making cash from all that stuff I never even wanted through my door...

I do.
It's a Christmas card.
Thanks.

But just you wait.
Teaching us that our letterboxes have some kind of money-making significance.

One day, just one day, what if we start charging access fees to that hole in our door.
Yeah, what then?
Maybe I'll send you a commercial loss-making handwritten notification card to settle in cash."

I clearly haven't thought this through.


I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- School coat and navy tights from high street shop online.

- Birthday stuff.

- Big online supermarket delivery order (for tomorrow).

- Milk from expensive supermarket.

- 1x Choctastic
"A healthy chocolate milkshake with like cacao and banana in it?
And they whizz it up."


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#teamTIGHTWAD 029 Going back to being a #TightwadDad



It’s the day after I’ve been sharing our daily spending online for one month.
And I want to keep going with it.

This is a big step because I’m going back to admitting that I am a Tightwad Dad.

And I am going to be the best Tightwad Dad in the UK, by making families happy with the least money possible.

Just for another month.
Is that Day 48?
Let’s make it a round 50.

I am a #TightwadDad and finding happiness for my family with...

- Decaf coconut latte in a coffee shop chain shop.

- Dental work.

- School music lessons.


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