I have been watching a show called Extreme Cheapskates. It is available on Netflix and the new season is currently airing on the TLC network. This show has got me thinking.
So on the show it follows one to two people and chronicles their daily routine or lifestyle on how they save money. Some people dig in dumpsters for "good" "clean" food and that is all they eat. My issue with this is: Yes I know how much food people waste, BUT even if it is a prepackaged entrée it has been in the trash and while it may be "clean" it is obviously bad to eat because it has not been stored in the appropriate temperatures for food safety. Like one woman found a chicken asparagus with 2 sides, it was prepackaged and sealed. She took it home and fixed it for dinner. That could've been in the trash all day! You can see bacteria, just because there is no mold doesn't mean its okay to eat. She also found a prepackaged mini carrot cake. It might have been safe but I still wouldn't eat it. So I wouldn't do that.
This same woman also claims she has never paid for furniture. She digs in the dumpsters for furniture that is in good shape. I have never done this. My community hosts a clean up day once a year where you can throw anything out and the trash company will haul it away free of charge. It is common to see people driving around and picking up peoples furniture and appliances that they put out that still appear to be in good shape. One year my dad put out an old sophisticated looking chair that was upholstered with this mustard yellow velveteen like fabric. My dad had been storing this in this garage for over ten years, the upholstery was ripped and it needed a good cleaning. We were never gonna use it so my dad put it on the curb. Someone driving around picked it up. Nothing was really wrong with that chair. Whoever picked it up probably reupholstered it and kept it or sold it and make a good couple bucks. Just this year my hand me down microwave stopped working. It was a quasar from the late 60's. I loved this microwave. On clean up day we threw it out and after I left for work my husband said he saw some lady drive up and take it. My neighbor threw out a perfectly good bicycle and we have been wanting to get bikes so I called him and told him what I saw on my drive out of town and tried to convince him to walk over and pick up the bike, he wouldn't do it. I do not think there is anything wrong with that. People also put furniture out with a free sign on it all the time. However I would never haul anything away like a couch because you never know it could be infested with fleas, roaches, mice, etc. But a bike, computer desk, etc might not be so bad. It is on the curb so it is public anyone can go through it.
Another woman pees in a jar, enough said, if I have a working toilet no thanks. I will say it is probably ok if its #1 to not have to flush every time. It is brown FLUSH it down! LOL
One man on the show reuses everything, he made a wallet out of old bike tire intertubing. This is a nifty idea. Reminded me of something my dad might do. Why not right? Reduce, reuse, recycle. That is what I was taught.
This same man also makes his own deodorant. I DO THIS.
One man cleans with baking soda, water and vinegar, I DO THIS
This same man also puts a brick in his toilet tank to make it think its fuller than it is. He claims this saves him $8 a month. I told my husband this and he wasn't keen on trying it. But I might just to see..
One woman shops at a salvage store and buys near expired or expired food. I have done this. HOWEVER not with way over expired food. Our local salvage store has vitamins and supplements that are a few months from expiration for really cheap. Typically vitamins and supplements are good for 6 months after expiration, but it color texture or odor changes discard immediately. You can also buy over ripe bananas there and freeze them for a tastey mango banana ice cream that is all natural and healthy! There are many other things I can buy there that are safe and save a significant amount of money. SO I kind of do this.
Another man on there reuses plastic bags and produce bags, aluminum foil, etc. I DO THIS.
There are many other things people do on here to save money. Some are reasonable and others are extreme! Check out the show.
On a final note, I think it is ok to buy used, shop at a thrift store, garage sale etc. Please be safe and think about what you are buying! I make my own deodorant, and cleaning supplies because it is natural and better for you body and the environment, and it just so happens that it also saves money. For my wedding, I wore a pair of white strappy high heels that I already owned. I bought them for my high school graduation. That was five years ago, they had just been sitting in a box in my closet. Why not wear them for my wedding? I think I paid under $20 for them at a payless. Some people I work with made fun of me and how I am too frugal. Stating that they paid over $200 for their wedding shoes! I think that is an unnecessary expense. IT IS OKAY TO BE FRUGAL! BE WISE!
Let me know that you think. I appreciate all the likes, views and comments!
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