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Q: Who are more frugal, thrifty, or cheap - Chinese or Jewish people?

Growing up we had neighbors that were Jewish and my pal Abraham told me that on Tuesdays and Fridays his mother, father, and himself would all shower together and they had a 7 minute time limit, and then father would turn off the water!

And Abe would be punished if he left any room without turning off the light. Do Chinese for crazy crap like this as well? I know it is admirable to be thrifty in China and when I see the elders digging through trash to collect plastic for recycling, it reminds me when Abe and his father used to collect class coke bottles in the 70s to collect 10 cents for every bottle they turned into the local beverage store.

5 years 33 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
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Chinese, frugals ? In the countryside and old folks, it's by necessity, not by virtue... Go in any low income country, you will see the same rituals ie. recycling, saving water, fuel, etc. Never been in South East Asia ? Africa ? South America ?

Then, go to a moderately "classy" restaurant in China, and look how much food is left. It's so bad, there are public awareness spots on CCTV to explain that 50% of the food is left-over in China. Also, if you walk a bit outside, say, around a building site, you will see biiiiiig panels explaining food should be saved, currently, there as much wastage, which put a strain on resources blabla... I saw those panels all around the country during 2013.

Look how inexistant is insulation in China (despite heavy usage of aircon/heating in summer/winter), just pure concrete walls & floors in most places. You probably know the common practice of leaving open windows in a heated building, in the middle of the winter.

Finally, switching off lights that you don't use is not crazy, it's smart. Less expense of your own money, of the planet resources and less pollution. One stone, three birds Wink

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Thrift and frugality are virtues we should all have. Unfortunately, the advent of technology has produced a slew of products that we deem "must haves". As we move on in life, incomes improve and many of us lost those virtues. There are some who don't care how they make money, so long as they get it. So they cheat, lie, prostitute themselves, etc. I suppose you could regard these as cheap. Thrift, frugality and being cheap applies everywhere regardless of race, gender and religion. 

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I heard 'things' about Scottishsurprise….never Jews or Chinaman. I'm looking forward for entries about frugalness of Moshavim's management.

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I thought Chinese were the product of Jew and a Scott ,  My wife is the biggest tight ass when it comes to Money but we use the word Thriftyangry

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How old are you Grumpy? about 70 years old! I'm sure someone cracked that joke to me when I was a little kid! (I'm not 70 by the way)....and I am secretly laughing!

 

surely the true Jewish dilemma is free pork...

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i have read stories on this forum of Chinese not turning on the A/C in summer, yet willing to splash out large sums of money on the latest iPhones or the latest designer fashions.

Bargain hard over a few mao in the market, yet serve enough food to feed an army at a meal, with a lot of it being wasted

to me that seems like inverse thrift.

Yes, i spend money to make my life comfortable - but i have been shocked by the excess i have seen here at times.

I am mocked for having a favourite pair of boots repaired, and derided for not having an iPhone. Neither Chinese or Jewish (terrible generalisations), i have a comfortable life here.

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It's simple really.

 

People with money do their best to keep it and make more.  People without money will share their last dime with a friend to contribute to their mutual comfort.

 

Bigots will blame their failure on the success of others.

 

I am a happy Scotsman without money. you don't need money to be happyindecision.

 

To be unhappy because other people have more money than you is a terrible waste of a life. 

 

If you are not enjoying your life, its not because of the Jews or the Indians or the Chinese or Muslims. It's because you have decided not to enjoy life.

 

The answer to your happiness is inside you. Go find it wink

 

 

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Talk about a tough question!  I think the older both Chinese and Jews are, the more frugal they are because they have both lived through hellish times of starvation, droughts, government abuses, etc. There is nothing wrong with being thrifty. I think most all of us bargain when we shop in China,

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Chinese used to be tightwads years ago. But these days, what uni student does not have an IPhone?

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