My Ex Was A Cheapskate

When you care about someone and they’re cheap with you financially and emotionally, it'll do nothing but bring down your self-worth and self-esteem. We learned valuable lessons about equality in relationships and what NOT to put up with. Thanks to all the cheap pricks who made this site possible. We may not have gotten a lot from you, but what we did get is a good laugh. At your expense! Send your story to

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Jersey boys have some 'xplaining to do

About 6 years ago I met this fella named Joel from New Jersey at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. We dated for a while long distance and for Christmas exchanged gifts. I was totally caught up on this guy and wanted to impress him with how GREAT my taste in gifts were.

I got him a leather bound, first edition, SIGNED copy of "Bagombo Snuff Box" by none other than Kurt Vonnegut and a set of pint glasses for his new house.

I received the following: (I WISH I was kidding...)
A used CD by Wanderlust
A paperback FROM HIS BOOKSHELF on meditation
His favorite t-shirt

I was honestly sick to my stomach and wanted to steal the book back before I left. I can't believe he could ACTUALLY accept the gift I gave him, knowing he had given me HEARTLESS crap in return. Creep.


  • At 5:38 PM, Anonymous NJ Pride! said…

    Ahem. This Jersey fellow thinks you got a kinda sweet gift there. OK - the used CD was a little weak and, unless he had some useful inscriptions in the meditation book or the book is out of print, he coulda bought a new copy. But a favorite t-shirt? I tell you - I'm way more likely to give a girlfriend the keys to my house or my ATM pincode than my favorite (and one assumes irreplaceable in some way) t-shirt. I don't think that was an "emotionally cheap" gift.

    Now - it turns out that your gift was way better than his and I hope he felt outclassed. However, I think proper form would be for him to go all out for a Valentine's Day gift (about 6 weeks away) rather than not accept a gift that you wanted him to have.

    I'm assuming he did some other things to earn the creep designation - because none of the other ridiculous dudes on this site reflected poorly on their entire state.

  • At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anisettekiss said…

    Dude. The title is more of an I Love Lucy quote than anything else.
    Try not to get your Jersey lovin', favorite boxers in a bunch. XOXO
    And thanks for caring!! :)

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