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6/2/13 9:52 A

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I knew I was a cheapskate when I began going directly to the clearance section of every store to shop. I love the clearances at the grocery store!

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4/17/13 8:47 A

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I refused to buy new jeans from the store, yard sales for me!


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4/10/13 11:24 P

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... I got married with a borrowed wedding ring in a new-with-tags dress from the local thrift shop.

Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Housework done imperfectly still blesses my home.

Build like a lord -- live like a slave! Build like a slave -- live like a lord! Sumerian proverb

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3/27/13 12:12 P

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I knew I was a cheapskate when I cut the top off of a gallon milk jug to use for a mixing bowl, instead of buying a bowl!

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3/22/13 2:10 P

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I used to laugh at my Step Grandparents for their quirky habits of saving things. Plastic silverware, paper plates, even the Styrofoam that housed the meat they just purchased at the grocery store. While some of the things they do I can totally appreciate, other things I know are just . . . gross. Seriously, what are you going to use that Styrofoam for.
I knew I was a cheapskate when both of them started complimenting me on my own little endeavors.
I making my own cleaners - they smell great, a extremely effective, and I haven't had to buy cleaners in 2 YEARS.
I reuse any bread bag that I buy for homemade bread as well.
When money is tight I make my own laundry soap - storing it is still a pain in the butt for me.
I made my parrot a play stand/gym because buying one was nearly 200 dollars and making one was 30. (Also I make him a ton of homemade toys too.)
But the cream of the crop of cheapskateness was when I saved wooden pallets from my husbands work (most of these are SOLID WOOD), random wood pieces from previous projects whether they were mine or not, as well as some pieces of wood flooring remnants from the in-laws after they redid their floor. I brought them to my father-in-law house where all the tools are and made myself a kitchen table . . . FOR FREE. Nicest piece of furniture I own.

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3/5/13 8:58 P

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well I also reuse and wash out my baggies and zip lock bags, I very seldom buy meat for over $2.00a lb,and I don't buy much of anything without a coupon.
I cut the elastic off underwear to use on rolled up blankets for the spare bedroom, my son makes fun of me all the time for that.
I use any back side of paper for notes etc. I haven't bought a regular notebook, except at back to school time for .18, for a long time.
I price compare most everything even toilet paper, down to the amount of squares per roll.
i also cut off the bottoms of shampoo, and lotion bottles to get all of it out, there is alot left once you think its empty.
I started being frugal as a necessity 22 years ago, and found it so fun and rewarding I still do it. And I am trying to get my kids to do it also.

My name is Tammy I live in Idaho
"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." - Samuel Johnson
Instead of thinking you deserve to eat something, think that you deserve to be healthy and happy.


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3/4/13 12:32 P

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I too am guilty of re-using the ziploc bags and opening toothpaste tubes to make sure I've gotten it all out. I also need a new printer but haven't broken down to get one yet. When soap bars get low, I put them in a soap dispenser with a little water to make my handsoap!

Edited by: CMESLIM at: 3/4/2013 (12:32)
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2/25/13 11:07 A

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good reading

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3/25/12 7:03 A

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When people in my homeschool group who are frugal come to me for money saving ideas, LOL.

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9/9/11 11:08 P

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Dare I admit it? for years I have sliced open toothpaste tubes before throwing them away...it's amazing how much toothpaste is left inside when the tube is opened up. Won't mention all the other cheapskate things I do, but i sure could write a book...or at least a pamphlet on being a cheapskate to save money.

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8/26/11 7:42 P

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Last fall I moved out to a place that burns wood and started saving the little toilet paper tubes for the woodstove. Got a bunch of them saved!






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8/22/11 9:22 A

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I realized I was frugal when I started saving all paper that was sent to us in any form to use the back blank side to receive faxes. My husband and I have our own business and we get a lot of faxes and were wasting so much paper. Now I reuse the back side of everything. I take spec books apart and recycle the pages printed on both sides and reuse the pages printed on one side. Then any papers that have sensitive information on it I shred and put into my compost pile, the rest I recycle.

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8/21/11 4:44 P

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Knew I was a cheapskate when...

...I started snaring squirrels for dinner.

...I started pulling food out of the giant dumpster pile out the back of the supermarket (only done because it's not locked away, and it's all in it's and such; it's stuff on it's use by date that wasn't sold that day, that's all!)

...I realized I hadn't bought an item of clothing in over a year, nor any materials to make them.

...I found myself bartering my own spells for books and herbs at the local metaphysics store.

...I realized that I hadn't bought a single jar of preserves in three years.

...I noticed the blackberry pickers giving me weird looks because as well as blackberries, I was harvesting elderberries, hawthorns, rowan berries, nettles and dandelions.

...My fridge broke down, and I had to argue with the man who delivered it's replacement that, no, I DON'T want the old one taken away. Yes, I KNOW it's included in the delivery cost, but no, thank you, I want to KEEP my broken fridge. The reason? It will join my old, broken down freezer as an insulated raised bed for growing carrots, strawberries, and parsnips.

Just because you have been through the rain of life doesn't mean I have to walk around in wet clothes forever; there is a warm towel, a big hug, and a mug of low fat cocoa waiting for you somewhere!


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8/12/11 12:26 A

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I knew I was frugal when... my grandma asked me to teach her how to live within her means. She only has Social Security to live on and that isn't much, so I taught her where to find the best deals and how to stretch her buck until the fibers start to fray.

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. - Theodore Roosevelt

There are no magical fixes. It's all up to you. Nothing in this life that's worth having comes easy. --Dr. Kelso from "Scrubs"

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8/11/11 10:38 P

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I knew I was a cheapskate when... I don't buy any red meat from the grocery store. We eat only venison from hubby hunting. And I knew we (hubby and I) were real cheapskates when he saw a deer get hit and killed by a car and he asked the lady who hit it if she wanted it. She looked at him like he was crazy and said no...he asked if he could have it. That deer was dinner for months!

We also grow most of our produce and preserve it by canning or freezing for the months when we can't grow. Although, we are experimenting with hydroponics and have lettuce growing at this time. If we master growing, we'll be in lettuce all winter for the cost of the electric to run the light.

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8/11/11 7:39 A

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When I reuse bread wrappers for my homemade bread!

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.


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8/9/11 2:00 P

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I guess when I started buying all my food American made at the dollar tree. And saved $80 a month. emoticon
Now with soap ect. 2 years later it is closer to $200 in savings a month.
Oh and fatwallet.com, free lunches,and other good deals have given me a better quality of life.If its free I its for me.
Finally making my own laundry detergent from hillbillyhousewife.com

Edited by: KTERRY75 at: 8/9/2011 (14:58)
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7/26/11 1:35 P

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I knew I was a cheapskate when I was washing out Ziploc bags for re-use.

No wait! I knew I was a cheapskate when I refused to buy disposable diapers.
We saved thousands of dollars, even factoring in the washer, water and electricity use.

I paid for a CO vacation with the savings.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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5/23/11 5:32 A

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I hadn't replaced our digital camera (it still uses a floppy drive, but also runs on a memory stick) because it still works fine.

I haven't replaced our coffee maker that doesn't turn off - I just unplug it instead.



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5/19/11 12:16 P

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When I ran out of food on Friday and didn't eat till Sunday (grocery day)!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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5/19/11 9:13 A

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I knew I was a cheatskate when my printer broke and I haven't replaced it for months !



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5/19/11 9:10 A

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CAPS FOR VI

I AGREE WITH KURT. NOW IT'S A WAY OF LIFE. I WONDER, WHEN TIMES GET BETTER, IF A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL REMAIN FRUGAL? ONCE YOU GET INTO IT, I THINK IT'S REALLY A BETTER WAY OF LIVING. I KNOW I'VE SURE FOUND THE DIFFERANCE BETWEEN JUST WANTING & NEEDING. IT REALLY FEELS GOOD TO GET RID OF THE EXCESS I THOUGHT I HAD TO HAVE AT ONE TIME. emoticon

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5/18/11 11:52 P

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With the economy the way it is today, is it really being a "cheapskate"?
I haven't really heard that term used in NYC for decades (back when things were plentiful).
I don't think it applies, now.

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I've already had all the bad things thrown at me early in life, so now that those are out of the way, my future should be wonderful.


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5/18/11 9:20 P

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I knew I was a cheapskate when I started using the travel bottles to get out every drop of Shampoo, Conditioner and face soap out of the orginal bottles. As each big bottle start getting harder to get the solution out I turn the bottle upside down and I will put out a travel bottle and turn and pour it in.

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5/18/11 9:01 P

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I knew I was a cheapskate when I put my tea bags on an indoor clothes line to dry and reuse!
Strange, I admit, but true.
Blessings everyone
Erin, thanks for the opportunity to humiliate myself. I hope you get some great comments to use!

Edited by: HOPEFULSNAIL204 at: 5/18/2011 (21:05)
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Hi Frugalists! My name is Erin Whitehead and I'm a freelance writing an article for SparkSavings. I wanted to get input for an article on those extreme things people do to save a buck or two (or even a few cents). Feel free to share your funniest or most notable frugal moments here! Thanks everyone!

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