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Extreme Cheapskates

October 18th, 2012 at 02:54 pm

I have recorded this show after someone on this site mentioned it. I was blown away by how some of these people live. One lady, a cpa, dumpster dives for food. She hasn't bought food in quite a long time. She also doesn't use toilet paper, which seemed to be a common occurance among all the people. One family used fabric that they washed for toilet paper. It is usually the man that is the cheapskate and the wife just puts up with it. Another family made a $96 purchase at a restuarant with loose change. They only go out once a year and use the change each time. This same guy won't buy furniture for his house. They have a card table in the living room and the tv sits on the floor. But he also has close to $200000 in the bank. Another guy bought goat heads for $7.50 from the butcher complete with eyes, teeth and brains and ate every bit of it(except the teeth). I had to fast forward through him eating it as it made me sick.

I did get a good idea from one of them though. About five times a year, they have a fiscal diet. That means that they go a week without spending any money. They live off what they have and just make due. I think I might try this in the future.

6 Responses to “Extreme Cheapskates”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I haven't seen the show, but most of that is pretty extreme. The idea you came away with it is a very good one...and not really that extreme. I think the show can help people see outside of the box on ways to save!

  2. alianora Says:

    Not using tp isn't that weird, in all honesty. TMI, but I use cloth when I'm on my period - tp just doesn't feel like it works well enough when there is a large amount of blood to deal with.

  3. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    These folks may also do more typical thrifty things, and those are just not shown on TV. But if you got a good idea to try out it seems like it was worth your time.

  4. snafu Says:

    We don't get that program but if it weren't extreme it wouldn't be on. Is it sickness like Hoarding? I've only seen a couple of British hoarding shows and couldn't watch more than the introduction...too sicko.

    I didn't see it in the context of 'diet' but I do believe No Spending Days are reasonable exercises in financial awareness. It's important to curb impulse spending and enjoy no cost walks in the park our taxes pay for, support community events, visit with friends with a cup of tea at home, and enjoy all the stuff we've already acquired.

    Buying groceries is seen as a chore for all of us so it has long been limited to once every two weeks. If I planned poorly, we substitute or do without. [you should see the look on DKs face when it's reconstituted powdered milk or water! hilarious]

  5. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    Did you see the discussion on this very topic, going on on the forums right now? The goat-head eating guy actually stopped by. . . he also eats chicken thighs. Smile

  6. rachel021406 Says:

    I try to do a "fiscal fast" a couple times a year. I got the idea from that show when it was first on last year or so. Although I don't know that I could ever be as EXTREME as them, I admire these people in a way.

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