Frugality is an art. Some folks go to great lengths to save pennies, believing it all adds to massive savings over time.
Here are the most extreme actions frugal folks take that even other savvy savers think go too far.
They say unplugging your power cords saves money on energy consumption. One economical user went so far as to measure the power consumption of each plugged-in appliance to determine which was worth the effort of unplugging when not in use. They discovered it’s not worth the effort for most kitchen appliances, but it might be worth it for entertainment systems, phones, and computers.
Save money on gas (and maybe tolls) by piling all your errands into one day. Sure, it’s a long, exhausting day filled with the post office, dry cleaner, grocery store, and other mundane necessities of life, but the cost savings on gas might be worth it.
Keeping it Chilly
Northerners fear winter, not for the snow and ice, but for the surging energy costs. If you don’t mind bundling up all winter, keep the thermostat super low to limit energy consumption.
Every Last Drop
Many people toss out their lotion bottles and body products once the pump stops working, but frugal folks refuse to give up the precious few drops the pump can’t get.
They cut the bottle in half when the pump stops working to get the last few ounces.
Never Waste Water
No one wants to hop immediately into a cold shower. You have to wait for the water to warm up first. The most frugal among us put a pot in the tub to catch the cold water, using it later to water their plants or make tea.
Vegetable scraps and chicken bones that most folks toss out are ideal broth ingredients. Freeze them so you’ll have everything on hand when you need to make it.
No one likes the crust, but frugal folks save those bread ends and use them for delicious casseroles. It’s like Thanksgiving stuffing, but you can make it with many different ingredients.
Resuing Zip Lock
Zip Lock bags let us freeze leftovers and keep our lunches fresh. They’re also expensive and add plastic waste to the environment.
Frugal, environmentally savvy folks wash and reuse their ziplock bags.
Mystery shoppers act as undercover agents, scoping out a store’s cleanliness and customer service. The shopper usually gets cool perks, like free products or even groceries. All they have to do is report on their experience while shopping.
Why should everyone in the friend group and family own a circular saw, Dremel, 3D printer, and industrial sewing machine when each person will only use it a few times per year?
Some frugal folks “invest” in these expensive tools with their friends and share them like a mini-tool library.
Why buy napkins when you can grab a few extra every time you eat out? Most places throw a ton of napkins in the takeout bag, and they never question it if you ask for a few more.
Make it from Scratch
Nine times out of ten, ingredients are cheaper than pre-made items. Super frugal folks will make giant batches of pasta sauces, breads, dough, and other staples, then freeze them for use later.
It’s far cheaper in the long run than buying pre-made versions.
People constantly litter without a thought. They’ll toss cans, bottles, and more to the side of the road. Those practicing extreme frugality don’t see litter; they see cold, hard cash.
They’ll collect all the recyclables they find during their daily walks and turn them into the recycling center for profit.
Reusing the Brine
Why pay five dollars for a jar of pickles when you can reuse the brine and make your own at home? A cucumber only costs fifty cents to a dollar, so you can save a lot of money over time by reusing the brine in a pickle jar.
One Meal Per Day
With ridiculous inflation on food, many extremely frugal-minded people opt for intermittent fasting. They’ll have one big meal per day, saving money on both food costs and energy to prep the meals.
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