What is the Strangest Thing YOU Do to Save Money?

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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.

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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 –  

  1. Made me giggle, and then
  2. 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.

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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?!

Image via Flickr / Lord Jim

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What is the Strangest Thing YOU Do to Save Money?

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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  1. Theresa says:

    We will shop at the Goodwill for clothes for the kids or even ourselves for that matter. I buy store brand diapers and wipes because they work just as well as the big brands. I clip coupons and sign up for online ones too. I buy my produce from the Mexican markets, because they are way cheaper than chain supermarkets. When it comes to new clothes, we go straight to the clearance racks. I always turn off lights when not in use. And we dollar menu it up at fast food restaurants.

  2. Nat says:

    I have used old stained towels to make cloth diapers, and collected dryer lints to start the wood stove, There is a great fun show called “extreme cheapskates” some of the people take it a bit far like the dad\husband that has over $200,000 stashed away that not even his wife knows about (he also takes her pay check and gives her a $20 a week allowance) that to me is controlling and abusive not fugal. but as far as “one mans trash is anothers treasure!” I am all for it!

  3. LadyTitan says:

    Well, I guess it’s not really a ‘crazy’ or ‘strange’ thing, but I clip coupons like crazy! I don’t care how long it takes me to get checked out in line, I will make sure I leave the store with a buggy full of groceries for less than $60.00 (preferrably more depending on the sale, the store, and the coupon)! Also, I shop clearance all the time. If it is not within my budget, I won’t get it. I sew, and homemake all my items that can be made properly without purchasing the items.

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