For those of you who practice frugality and constantly look for ways to save money, have you ever done anything extreme to save money?
As a frugalist myself, I found the Canadian Money Forum thread about being frugal and examples of being extremely frugal or even cheap to be quite entertaining.
Here is what some of the members came up with:
Me….In college I would rollerblade to the grocery store, take off my blades, buy my groceries, put the blades back on, and push the cart home, unload the groceries, then put my blades back on and push the cart back to the store so that I would get my quarter from the cart. HA!
My sister and I used to hold competitions (in university) about who could feed the household (we had roommates and we shared meal prep) the most cheaply. It was years before I could bring myself to eat brown rice and lentils again.
I had an acquaintance whose car would routinely run out of fuel (several times a year) because he kept driving around town when his tank was nearly empty, shopping around for the station with the cheapest gas price.
I’m sure he wasted more money on gas by driving around than he would have if he’d settled on a higher price, and certainly spent a lot more on the occasions when his car had to be towed. And one time he got rear-ended when he ran out of gas in the middle of a busy road, so those expenses need to be added to the picture as well.
A great example of how extreme cheapness can cost you more in the long run
Probably the cheapest thing I’ve ever done is to cut my own hair.
go to tim horton’s before they close and ask for left over donuts
bike to work instead of drive to save on gas
charge all your batteries at work rather than at home
repeat lining up for food samples at costco
when finished with a shower, wipe yourself down with a facecloth. This will prevent most of the soap/skin/hair from accumulating in your towels. You will have less towels to wash and dry (but more facecloths which are cheaper to wash/dry)
if you live in the city never fill your car more than 1/4 full of gas. Why lose fuel economy to haul around gas when there is a station on every corner?
I pulled up to a stop sign next to a grocery store. I saw two apples sitting in the gutter at the side of the road, and got my passenger to hop out and grab them. We enjoyed a delicious free apple treat that afternoon!
A bunch of us were low on cash one fall in university (too much money spent at the pubs), so we bought about 40 lbs. of potatoes from a farmer and used them for every other meal for about half a month between 4 guys. Mashed potatoes, homefries, french fries, baked potatoes, BBQ’ed potatoes; you name it, we made with potatoes.
Glued the soles of my shoes with contact cement (at work of course) and continue to wear them with holes
Would take us to free pancake breakfasts (like 3 in a day) and save it for lunch and dinner. – I couldn’t eat pancakes until close to my 30s
There was one year it was Mcd’s anniversary, and there were 20 cent hamburgers. There was a 5 limit/person. Somehow my mom kept going through the drive through, and we ended up with around 80 of them. She then froze them. The hamburgers are gross when fresh, frozen is much worse. I just recently had one for the first time.
I once walked 45 minutes to get home when it was freezing outside with the snow coming down like crazy. I was only wearing a sweater, jeans and regular shoes.
But there was no way in hell I was paying $2.50 to take the bus.
When I was younger, I used to always check the telephone booth coin dispenser for quarters left behind!
Just recently, I went to two separate Macdonalds drive through solely for the free coffee.
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