My boss is great. He really is. The guy does not lose his composure, seemingly ever. He is very kind. And he is loyal, and tends to see the very best in everyone. He allows for flexible work hours and is approachable and has a good sense of humor. But.... But he can be really cheap about some things.
He is so resistant to upgrading our computers and software - it seems so crazy and counterintutive to me. Our employee numbers keep shrinking while the workload does not, and he's skimping on the technology? He actually wants to find a work-around for paying the admittedly exorbitant cost of Internet access at the next trade show we attend. So much so that he's thinking about making a static copy of our website and demo-ing that instead of the live website. C'mon.....we're an ONLINE publishing company -- we can't skip the Internet access, dude!!!
On certain other things, however, he'll seemingly bleed money. He has been keeping a 0-dollar generating website going for years and he keeps paying our part-time web developer year after year for precious little to show for it. In fact, he just told us the developer started another business (he already teaches at Stanford and is writing a book), importing stones and rock for home design (think granite counter tops and high-end tile). Um, I don't think we're top, or even second-tier priority here, but my boss will not look for another developer. He feels the one we have is worth the money and excruciatingly slow going.
This frustrates me sometimes. It seems so silly and nonsensical and irrational, but then I took a step back to look at myself and had to admit that I cheap out on certain things too. But not on others. And really, there's no rhyme or reason to it. It's pretty irrational and nonsensical.
I am especially cheap at the grocery store. I cannot stand paying a dollar more for something at store A that I know I can get for that dollar less at store B. $3.99 for those squeeze yogurts? Hell no! I will just wait until I can make it to store B, thankyouverymuch. What are you kidding me? $3.99 - harrumph!
I also hate paying full price for clothing. Mall prices? Seriously, who can afford those? It's insanity. But.....I will pay (close to) full price for a rocking pair of jeans. And I will pay top dollar for a good swimsuit. High-quality wool socks are worth the full ticket too.
Gas? Oh my goodness gracious, I can not be bothered to price compare in this arena. When I need gas, I need goddamn gas. My car will not move forward without petrol - I'm not going to go to another gas station to save the silly $3.99. I mean Really?
What do you cheap out on?