Have you seen that show Extreme Cheapskates? When it made it onto Netflix, I was able to watch it for free and made it through the six episodes in less than a week. One of the episodes was so over-the-top that I couldn't make it to the end, but overall I found it entertaining and decided to watch to see if I could learn any frugality rules. The opposite happened and I found myself angry at these people for what they put their family through. Here are some of the worst examples.
- Took other people's leftovers from restaurants
- Reused paper towells
- Refills ketchup bottle with packets from restaurants
- Buys two ply toilet paper and separates into two rolls (saves $6 per month)
- Dumpster diving
- Woman used wash cloths instead of toilet paper
- Wife's anniversary present from dumpster
- Buying expired food
- Picking wild chives in the public park
- No cell phones or electronics
- Put soap slivers in panty hose to re-use
- Hand clean and reuse vaccum bags
- “Spare change mining” to pay for dinner (took all day)
- Keep and reuse paper towells from public restrooms
- Furnished apartment through dumpster diving
- Makes own deoderant
I've heard of some of these before. I even know some fellow finance bloggers who do a few of these. But some are totally crazy. One guy spent an entire day looking for spare change to buy dinner. He came up with less than I make in an hour after a full day's work, and he appears to be an intelligent guy who could easily handle a part-time job. He could work less and make more!
What are the craziest frugal ideas you've ever seen? Ever tried any of these? Share in the comments.