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Are you a Traveling Tightwad?

Updated on July 21, 2011

Anyone who travels on business will recognize the traveling tightwad. It’s the person you observe at the free breakfast buffet or in the concierge lounge gobbling down free food with one hand and slipping more into his or her briefcase with the other.

Some of us may not realize we are traveling tightwads. We may not make hogs of ourselves at the buffet table but there are other telltale signs. Please answer the following questions honestly and review your score at the end to see what type of traveler you are:

  1. Do the words ‘Per Diem’ excite you?
  2. Do you purchase one container of bottled water per week and refill it from the office water cooler over and over again?
  3. Do you stash items from the free breakfast buffet in your hotel room and have them for dinner?
  4. Have you ever made a sandwich from free condiments? (saltine crackers, peanut butter, and jelly packets)
  5. Do you have a closet at home filled with little shampoo bottles, hand lotion, and soap bars?
  6. Would you say that you have never actually purchased a shower cap?
  7. Do you have enough sample sewing kits to make yourself a winter coat?
  8. Do you know more than a dozen uses for those free shoe polishing mitts?
  9. Do all of the magazines in your home have stickers that say “Please return to flight attendant” on them?
  10. Does your kitchen have a drawer filled with small packets of catsup, mustard, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and mayonnaise?
  11. Does that box of tissues in your house come from the Hotel Supply Company?
  12. Do you plan vacations only where there are hotels that honor your rewards points?
  13. Do you walk through supermarkets grazing on free samples until you have had enough to call it dinner?
  14. Do your kid’s paper lunch bags have the names of airlines on them?
  15. When you have company, do you need extra time to put out snacks because you have to open fifty small bags of peanuts and pretzels?

Scoring by Number of Yes Answers

  • None - Big Spender
  • 1 to 3 - Prudent
  • 4 to 6 - Frugal
  • 7 to 10 - Cheap but maybe not a tightwad
  • 11 to 15 - Probably squeak when you walk


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    • danielleantosz profile image

      danielleantosz 6 years ago from Florida

      Yup, I am totally a tight wad. I don't make much money and I LOVE to travel! I always grab the soaps from hotels (sometimes I even stash them in my suitcase so they will restock) Although, I have never made a sandwich from free condiments....

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      hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice and well-imaginative questionnaires. Once I pinched a little pack of butter from airline breakfast tray. When I went to customs, I was asked "Have you any food to declare". I showed her the butter pack and was asked to follow the red-line which took a lot of time to clear.