Is it our age or our personalities? Nothing seems to illustrate the gap between my two older nieces and R and myself than our attitude to money. About a year ago we were somewhere with Hippie Niece and she needed some cash. Before I even get to the point I am about to make is, we generally make sure we have enough cash before going anywhere, if we think we will need it. She also has a mobile phone that has a perpetually flat battery and out of credit. She is not over the top with her phone use, but she does not see the merit of having it charge while she sleeps, even though once when she stayed here we had a charger for her phone.
Right, to the point. She needed cash. Where is an ATM? We asked which bank she uses and she said it didn't matter. Well it does up to the point because the last time I withdrew cash from another bank's ATM rather than my own bank's ATM, it cost me $2 to do so. Since, I've never used another bank's ATM unless overseas. R does the same.
Are we just cheapskates? Or is Hippie Niece careless with money? Or is it that R and myself know full well it costs the bank nothing like $2 to transact between themselves and they are overcharging us. Whatever, they don't get $2 from us, ever.
The old saying goes, look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. Unfortunately that is not quite true. While we do worry about small amounts of money, we are not so good with larger amounts. While we can quite happily bargain for things in third world countries, we are not very good in doing it in our own country. I find it kind of distasteful to do it here, but we should as bargains are to be had by indicating you are not prepared to pay full price. I guess that is why our department stores have perpetual sales. Australian's like a cheap price but mostly don't like to bargain or talk about price.
Our friend can be an embarrassing person at a restaurant when things don't go quite right. I don't like a fuss, but he revels in it. The staff will get it, and then he will ask for the manager. He does get results though. I am sure our airline Qantas has a file on him that says do anything to appease him. His complaints are quite legitimate but most of us would wear them. He complains about his Qantas flights and gets compensated, frequently and often. He visits our big office supply company to buy ink for his business standard printer. If the salesperson won't discount the inks, he asks for the manager, who generally does.
So much conflict. It is not for me. It is only if I feel I have been cheated that I will get motivated.