What is the Strangest Thing YOU Do to Save Money?
A few weeks ago I happened to stop flipping channels and land on the show Celebrity Wife Swap. The celebrities weren’t huge celebrities (at least not Kate Goesslin style), but I knew both of the guys: Gilbert Gottfried and Alan Thicke. I decided to watch when I realized how thrifty Gottfried is. Okay, maybe thrifty isn’t even strong enough a word.
Here’s his idea of a romantic date: When he takes his wife out to eat dinner, in order to save money he takes her into a fancy restaurant, bypasses the actual dining room, and heads to the kitchen. They eat at a small table surrounded by chefs, refrigerators, and stoves. This is date night for them.
Of course the show –
- Made me giggle, and then
- Made me wonder this: what is the strangest thing someone might do to save a little money?
I’m a frugal person. I’ve admitted this. I’ll shop at consignment stores. I’ll NOT buy something that I need until I can find it at what I believe is the rock bottom price. I’ll shop around for weeks if I have to until I find the item I want at the price I think I should pay.
But I can’t imagine eating in the back of a restaurant to save some money!
The show reminded me a little of a Big Bang Theory episode in which the girls figure out there are good clothes being given to Goodwill. They take a bag of clothes to donate and when they get there they go through what others have handed in and they swap out.
I guess we’ve all done something others would deem weird or strange in an effort to save money. You’ve heard the stories of people taking salt and condiment packets from restaurants. I furnished a lot of my college apartment with items found outside on trash day. (Oh, stop your wincing! Some of it was great stuff!)
What about YOU?! If you aren’t too shy to share, tell us:
What is the strangest thing YOU do (or have done) in order to save money?!
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