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11/8/13 2:05 P

Just saw one of those shows - - the woman who uses crumbled newspaper for tissue?!
Seriously?! That can do damage then you'll have huge medical bills. Where's the savings there?

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JOJOSZENT Posts: 6,855
11/8/13 8:12 A

I agree with ZanyGirl1, some of the things those people do on Extreme Cheapskates in down right GROSS. I would never get in a bathtub and take a bath in the same water after 3 other people bathed in it. I saw the one where the husband and wife share dental floss, DISGUSTING! That's how gum diseases are spread to one another sharing your toothbrushes and things EEEEEEW.

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11/8/13 5:04 A

I don't like waste, never throw food away unless it's bad. I'm not poor but I do throw delicate undies in the shower, and wash them next time I shower - they smell of my favourite shower gel and don't get bashed about it the washing machine.

What really offends me about your description is the sheer waste of these people's time - money can always be replaced, but time can only be spent once

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11/7/13 1:56 P

I watched it last night for the first time. Never realized that there were people that went that far to save money. I like to save money too, but some of their ideas are just GROSS!!


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11/2/13 9:41 P

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11/2/13 9:34 P

I find some of the contents humorous and some disgusting. I find them to be just as the title states....cheapskates.

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11/2/13 9:11 P

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11/2/13 8:59 P

I once heard my parents use the phrase, don't air your dirty laundry.

In other words don't go on shows like extreme cheapskates, if you don't want people to judge your life and choices.

One cannot go on a reality show and then demand privacy. It just doesn't work that way.

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LIZDLEON1 Posts: 72
11/2/13 1:33 P

its disgusting how these people live

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11/2/13 1:00 P

That goes on the list of things to never watch! I had to stop watching hoarders. It just gets to gross sometimes.

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11/2/13 12:10 P

I have seen the show occasionally and think that some of the people have a mental illness -- similar to hoarding. It's one thing to be frugal, but I thing the extremes seen on that show indicate something unhealthy.

I feel sorry for the spouses and children of some of those people. Children who grow up in households with unchecked mental illnesses often struggle throughout life because their view of what is "normal" is skewed. I have a very close friend whose mother had some mental problems and it has only been the last few years (in her 50's) that she has realized how distorted some of her views of the world have been ... and how far from "normal" some of her own behavior has been. She grew up thinking her mother's behavior was normal.

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11/1/13 9:45 P

oh yeah, I've seen that one, the episode that I watched was about this woman who's long term boyfriend was finally ready to move in with her. She was the Cheapskate.
Wow, she wouldn't even let him flush the toilet or run the water or anything. It was disgusting.

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11/1/13 8:03 P

I saw that episode before and I was just too grossed out. For my garden next year, I will buy a bottle of fish emulsion concentrate fertilizer.

My late grandparents were extremely cheap, wearing 30 year old clothing (not really a problem if the clothes are in good shape and classic), they gardened, would take public transit. Living through the Great Depression in Toronto shaped their attitude towards money.

They were married for almost 71 years, both living to be in their mid '90s. They had such modest simple lives, maybe it's healthy to live like that.


FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,097
11/1/13 7:47 P

I've seen it. They had SOME good tips, but I drew the line at saving my urine to feed my lawn and plants.

One that I want to try is to go to my grocery store and get the fish carcasses when they fillet them. Cheaper way to buy fish that you can use for soups.

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11/1/13 3:22 P

I have never seen that show.
In Africa where I live, hundreds of people go into the suburbs on black bag day and go through everything for a scrap of food or clothes. Everything is repacked and the bags are tied neatly afterwards. Women tie bath towels around their waists like skirts during their period, because they can't afford hygiene products. Beggars 'hire' other people's babies or blind people to be with them while they beg at intersections because they make more money that way.
The other side of the coin. If you don't have to do that but choose to, good for you! If you have to do things like that because you are really poor, you deserve my respect and admiration.
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BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,393
11/1/13 3:17 P

Dark_Wonderful I totally agree that it is unethical to feed "dumpster" food to guests without their knowledge... but these made-for-tv "real life" shock-value shows always put shock-value examples into their shows for... shock-value.

But I'm not about to judge a person that (by circumstance or by choice) follows a "cheapskate" path.

I also don't quite see what's exclamation-point-worthy of goats head? Big deal?

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11/1/13 3:12 P

It is shows like this that make me want to burn my TV. Pure garbage.

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11/1/13 3:08 P

I will never watch that show....the promo ads were enough to make me gag. When that couple shared the dental floss, I almost lost it.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,650
11/1/13 2:33 P

That show is just to crazy, I cannot watch it.

There is nothing wrong with being frugal, but I don't get taking it to that extreme.

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11/1/13 2:27 P

Yes, we can figure out that it is the name of a show by looking at the, um, TITLE.

The episode that you mention aired almost two years ago.

You are awfully judgmental about other people for someone who cannot tolerate any sort of judgment about yourself.

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11/1/13 1:23 P

I so don't want to judge, but serving dumpster food to your guests is WRONG. It is YOUR choice to eat dumpster food, but your guests didn't ask to. Nope. Nopenopenope

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11/1/13 1:04 P

Hey thanks for the tips Fenwaygirl.

Sorry, just kidding.

I like a bargain but those examples are ridiculous. We have a programme in UK called Superscrimpers, but that gives genuine money saving ideas. It also helps families who are really wasteful to manage their shopping and their money better.

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11/1/13 12:08 P

I saw this show over a year ago and I couldn't believe the extremes some go to to save money, but to each his own. They've made me think twice about being more conservative to save our environment for the future, not by dumpster diving or using alternatives to TP, but things like not running the water full force to wash my hands, or turning off lights that I don't need. It would help save money as well as the environment.

Another thought -- maybe they are saving their money so that they can retire lavishly. Who knows?

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10/31/13 4:57 P

Don't judge....

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10/31/13 4:17 P

OMG I found a show that even my hubby won't watch ,It's disgusting how people save money, this man brought his wife out to a movie and picked the trash for a used cup and popcorn bag so he could get free refills. She thought he bought it but he didn't. For their anniversary he went in the dumpster and got her dead roses someone threw out, he bought her animal crackers for 29 cents and a bottle of water for 15 cents and went dumpster diving for a kettle.
Then he goes up to people at restaurants and asks for their leftovers and when he wants ice cream he goes and asks for samples.
This other man goes all over the city looking for change and when he finds 7.50 he goes to the butcher and buys 2 goats heads for dinner , his wife wouldn't eat them I don't blame her!
This lady with like 4 kids goes to a place that sells over dated food and I'm talking cheese that's like 4 yrs old to make pizza for her kids and neighbors kids as she's babysitting them that night, she also cuts up cloth to use as toilet paper and washes them in the washing machine and they are all stained and she has a basket with pieces of cloth and if you go to her house you have to use these scraps to wipe.....
This one lady goes dumpster diving and then gets all kinds of thrown out food and serves it to her friends and when one finds out she's eaten from a dumpster she throws up ....
These weren't poor people, they just don't like spending money the girl washes her clothes while she's taking a shower and she's an accountant in New York.
One guy washes his clothes , dishes, tooth brush and hat in the dishwasher and there is a couple that shares a toothbrush ,dental floss and deodorant... One guy reuses dental floss like 5 times....They'll tell you it's not cause they are poor that they do these things because they are just cheap or want to be the cheapest person.... They have jobs but they think it's a waste to buy toilet paper or feminine napkins. I mean some of the ways they save money could really make them sick. I felt really bad for the children having to use cloth to go to the bathroom and one child that was probably about 5 yrs old is saying mommy this is dirty and she says just fold it I just washed it. I'm wondering if child protective services see's this show what they'd think of it , especially when she's buying 3 yr old food products and serving it to the kids and neighbors kids.

Edited by: FENWAYGIRL18 at: 11/1/2013 (01:26)
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