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[ Written By : admin | Feb 28, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post
Ice Cream on AIDS Walk

Dear Schnorrer,
My girlfriend and I went for a nice walk in central park only to discover that the aids walk was going.  I thought it would be nice to enjoy the beautiful weather and walk in the walk.  My girlfriend grudgingly agreed to walk.  We had a nice time.  A member of the walk was giving out ice cream to keep people cool.  I went to reach for an ice cream sandwich, and she refused to allow it and further called me unethical.  Was what I did  so wrong?
Thanks, Michael
The …

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[ Written By : Guest | Feb 23, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post
Etiquette for the Modern-Day Hitchhiker

Hitchhiking is a lost art, practiced these days only by a few faithful burned-out purists.  However, it still can be a handy way to get around, especially in remote locales in the U.S. and widely practiced in Europe.  It is up to the adventurous schnorrer to keep the hitchhiking tradition alive.
Just like with any social occasion, there are a unique set of rules of conduct with hitchhiking.  Remember that you’re a guest in the flatbed truck with the Confederate flag bumper sticker, so try to do Emily Post or Martha …

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[ Written By : Guest | Feb 20, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post
The Parental Cohabitation Survival Guide

When you’re in a financial bind, the ultimate money-saving move is to move back in with the parents.  Avoiding those huge monthly rent payouts is great, but it’s important to note that living with your parents as an adult is a whole different ballgame.  It takes a careful finesse and some behavioral fine-tuning.  The following guidelines should get you through until you’re back on your feet:
1. Perform unsolicited chores.  Your parents now have a rather pathetic adult child cramping their style; this gives them major leverage.  Making yourself helpful around …

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[ Written By : The Schnorrer | Feb 17, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post
“Beauty is in the Eye” says The Schnorrer

When the Schnorrer goes to an ice cream emporium, he instinctively understands that it may be worth his while to forgo his turn in line in order to be served by the plumpest counter person in the store.  The Schnorrer has gleaned from life experience that a chubby person serves ice cream to others as he would serve unto himself—large, overflowing scoops, extra whipped cream, more nuts and an auxiliary cherry or two.  To be an accomplished Schnorrer is to realize that character is destiny.
Who is the Schnorrer?
Who knows what …

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[ Written By : Guest | Feb 14, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post

An entire sub-specialty in advanced schnorring studies revolves around techniques for eating the lion’s share of the food at restaurants while paying the gazelle’s share of the bill. But an alternative tactic relies on the intricate mathematics of check-splitting and the fair-minded equality of your dining compatriots. It also relies on timing.
Arrive at the restaurant early and head straight to the bar. Load up on drinks and appetizers. If you’re feeling daring, buy an appetizer to go and stuff it out of sight in your bag. When the rest of …


[ Written By : The Schnorrer | Feb 7, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post
Rate Increase Means Rate Decrease

Do you cringe when you get that Trojan horse of a letter from your cable company which starts by telling you how honored they are to serve you.  You know what’s coming next as surely as heart burn follows jalapenos…..a rate increase.  While most look at this as a harbinger of gloom, the Schnorrer looks at this as an opportunity….to renegotiate.
Most companies providing basic services such as phone, internet, cable, etc realize that these are open to competition.  When the inevitable letter arrives, the Schnorrer finds out which department is …

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[ Written By : Guest | Feb 4, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post
DANGER —Suggested Donation Events—DANGER

The Suggested Donation Event is a baited operation that has the potential of exposing a schnorrer’s motives, and, in turn, damaging their reputation.
A schnorrer with a bad reputation is called a Mooch, and, say it with me, once a mooch, always a mooch! After an undesirable exposure, the schnorrer must uproot, say farewell, and find a new habitat to start anew. Humans are an unforgiving bunch.
If you find yourself drawn to a Suggested Donation Event, I strongly advise you to consider the following:
1.)   Either have the Suggested Amount of Donation …

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[ Written By : Guest | Feb 1, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post
Sneak Attack Cigarette Variety Packs

Any nicotine fiend surely knows that cigarette prices are through the roof, but knowledge alone is never enough to crush your craving.  Fortunately, this situation can usually be saved by simply asking your fellow smokers for a kick-down.  Bumming is by far the most widely accepted way to Schnorr a smoke.  In fact, most smokers have probably turned to it at least once in their life.  The true Schnorrer, however, manages to turn it into an art form. 
1.  Choose your hunting grounds.  To maximize your potential earnings you are going …

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[ Written By : Guest | Jan 28, 2011 ]Tell-a-Friend Tell-a-Friend Print This Post Print This Post
The Best Time of Year to Buy Anything

One of the most useful articles found on the web from – Thanks Matt for the link!
First Quarter (Jan/Feb/March)
Gas grills & air conditioners: They’re obviously off-season, but it’s not like “next year’s model” will be remarkably better or different.
Bicycles & Sporting Goods: Not only is it prime off-season pricing, you’ve got the attention of salespeople who think they’re talking to someone who’s for real about their exercise.
Furniture: It’s both a lull and a changeover for the showrooms, so find that dining room set and haggle.
Digital frames: Hey, where’d all …