Given the state of the economy, it’s no surprise that everyone’s favorite curmudgeon Andy Rooney chose to speak about “thriftiness” last night. To be more like Andy you can:

  • Make your own coffee at work, and save $1.50
  • Ride the bus to the Giants home games costing $4.40 both ways, saving yourself the $8 fee for the Lincoln Tunnel, and $20 stadium parking
  • Shine your own shoes (savings undisclosed, or at least not jotted down in my notes)
  • Wear your shirts two or three times instead of taking them back to the laundry after only one use

I was particularly intrigued by his idea that since he wants to use 89 octane gas, he can save himself ten cents a gallon by filling up halfway with 87 and the other half with 91. It won’t help me any, because right or wrong I assume the higher octanes are all rip-offs, but corporate scams – like charging you more for the “middle-rated” gas unless you do the math and go half lowest, half highest – are always amusing when exposed. Well, amusing, depressing, whatever…


But then Andy’s final money-saving tip doubles as a challenge to 1Ls about to start cramming for their criminal law finals this December:


When I go to a good restaurant here in New York for dinner I often slip a roll in my pocket for breakfast the next morning.


Taking a roll at a restaurant, that’s not stealing, is it?


Well, is it? Full credit available only for those that use both the Texas (or insert your state here) and Model Penal Codes as starting points for their essay…


[Update: I just found the embed for the video clip, here ’tis:]