beyond cheap, my Aunt & Uncles strike again!

United States
October 12, 2009 6:23am CST
My Aunt & Uncles are so frugal, they are IMO classified as CHEAP! My Aunt took my kids out for their b-days @ CEC's this weekend. We had to wait for my Uncle to show up with these "pumpkins" for my kids... I"m thinking ok since he got them for free they were probably beat up, ya know had some damage to the skin so they couldn't sell them for full price ect. Nope that wasn't it............ Then comes along my Uncle, they were already carved! & going a lil soft too! And I don't mean with no fancy smancy design people pay to have done, but something my kids could of done. My oldest (7yr) was so disappointed as she wanted to get the seeds out and everything. My Aunt said "well the kids can carve them some more, on the other side" I"m just waiting for her to call and say.... "did the kids carve the pumpkins?" THEY WERE ALREADY CARVED! GRRRRRRR...... Even my hubby shook his head in disbelief on this one.
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@sid556 (30999)
• United States
12 Oct 09
I'm pretty frugal but I agree....that goes over and beyond frugal. That is just cheesy. It really is. It is completely thoughtless as well. The entire reason for giving a child a pumpkin is for them to have fun carving. Pumpkins are not that expensive. A nicer gift would have been not only to buy the pumpkins but to spend a little time guiding them in the carving of them. That would still be a cheap gift but a fun memory which would make it a great gift. Kids are pretty easy to please even if you don't have a lot of money.
• United States
12 Oct 09
I have relatives that I cringe when I am around them...but the truth is, all families have their family jerks. The old saying: "You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your relatives", had to be created because there were so many people even back then that were displeased with their relatives. Nothing has changed since then; We just have to realize that we cannot make people be who we want them to be, and not let their stupidity ruin the lives of our families. I would talk to the kids and explain to them all people are different, and your aunt and uncle meant well, even if you don't see it that way. It may be that you were bothered by it, more than your children were.
@SomeCowgirl (32264)
• United States
12 Oct 09
I would probably be speaking up. I'd be saying something like "It's makes myself, my husband and the kids feel bad that you don't spend more on us. Such and Such was really disheartened because she was not able to take the seeds out of the pumpkin. I really wish that you would spend more instead of being cheap, but if your going to be cheap, I wish atleast that you would let us know the condition in which the (insert item here) would be in." Lol. That would definitely annoy me and make me mad, especially if I saw our future children to be disheartened because it wasn't what they expected. Of course I realize you shouldn't give the children everything they want, but it was your children's day, why not spend a little? Ya know!