Sure, we all need to save and control our spending, but some of us get downright freaky when it comes to frugality.
On Reddit recently, the question was asked: "What is the weirdest thing that someone you know does to save money?" We think these responses are the weirdest of all. Would you ever think of doing some of these things?
25. But who gets the hole?
I have a friend whose grandfather would take out all of the grandchildren to Dunkin' Donuts. He would buy a single doughnut and then cut it into six pieces for each of the grandchildren.
Then he would take a huge handful of napkins and take them home with him.
At home he would cut them in half to use.
24. Nailing it? Not really
My ex-father-in-law reuses nails in his construction projects.
He collects old boards with nails in them, pulls the nails out, and saves them in a bucket. Then he uses them in new projects, no matter how rusty they are. Sometimes he has to spend considerable time straightening them out.
The resulting projects are usually a disaster. He's saved a few tens of dollars over the decades, and wasted hundreds of weekends and hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on materials and wrecked, failed projects in the process.
23. Not that there's anything wrong with this
I pretend I'm gay.
The gym I go to charges 50 bucks less if you register as a couple and not as a single. I don't have an SO (significant other), so my best male friend and I registered as a gay couple.
The first day, the manager almost asked us to make out to prove it. He decided it was homophobic so he stopped.
When we come in, he's always staring while we use the machines together, like he wants to catch us doing something sexual.
22. In a dither over dishes
My friend's family used to struggle over dishwashing duties: The parents would frequently get mad at the kids for leaving their dishes in the sink and not emptying the dishwasher.
One day, I was at their house with all the kids home, and when we left the dishes in the sink, the parents blew up: It was time for a family meeting.
Not sure where to go, I awkwardly sat in the next room, but could still hear the meeting conversation.
After a few minutes of bickering, it turned out that the reason the kids didn't unload the dishwasher was that they didn't know if it was clean or dirty was because the mom would always turn off the "clean" LED light on the dishwasher to save energy.
21. Pain without the gain
My dad is 72. I only found out a month ago that he always opts out of local anesthesia at the dentist because he thinks it saves on the bill.
He only found out a month ago that it doesn't.
20. Can you have too much pizza?
I grew up quite poor. The worst, or weirdest, was going grocery shopping with my mother and having cartfuls of Mama Celeste Pizzas because they were on sale.
I literally mean 50 to 60 boxes of microwavable pizzas because they were buy one get one.
I was a child at the time, but even then I knew it was... embarrassing. Yet, I understand.
19. This one never gets old
(I) buy Senior Citizen movie tickets online and print out at work.
The doormen never look nor seem to care. They just point you in the direction of your auditorium.
$2 saved per ticket, CHA-CHING!
18. Savings by the bucketful
When waiting for water to heat up in the tub, my parents will fill a 5 gallon bucket. They have a few of these buckets.
They will cool that excess water and use it over a few days to water plants/clean the car/wash dishes/etc. When they have prewashed with water, they will turn the shower off and proceed to shampoo and body-wash themselves.
They will then, depending if there is enough, sponge on water from the 5 gallon bucket, or simply quick rinse with water. Their last water bill was around $11.
17. A good argument for delivery confirmation
My line manager will buy things online, and if it isn't sent recorded delivery he'll contact the seller a few days after it arrives to say he hasn't received it yet, and get another sent for free.
Whenever a package arrives for him at the office now I'll contact the company that sent it first to warn them he's going to do it.
16. A cheapie for t.p.
My dad used to take home inordinate amounts of napkins from fast-food restaurants to use as toilet paper.
And then would climb into his Jaguar and head home.
15. The case of the miserly moviegoer
When I go to the cinema and I bring my own sweets and popcorn.
I'm always told I can't bring it in, (so) I then ask to speak to the manager and tell him I have a server allergy to nuts or milk or whatever.
He then just stands there awkwardly and just lets me in.
14. Call her a plate-spinner
My girlfriend never put her license plates on her car.
Two and a half years into her lease and she still uses the dealer placeholder. This lets her use toll roads and fast lanes without paying.
She's never been pulled over but I bet that's going to be an awkward conversation some day with the way she speeds.
13. Feasting on 'clean' garbage
In college I worked as a barista, and we threw out a ton of pastries, bagels and sandwiches.
The owner was very clear that we could not take anything out of the case and bring it home but there was nothing stopping us from digging through the garbage.
So at closing time we would take out the day's trash then divvy up the food to be thrown away put them in small bags gently set them inside the clean trash bag for a second then take it out and go home. Free food loophole.
12. A jarring idea for drinking glasses
My dad refuses to buy drinking glasses. Instead, he will buy the cheapest spaghetti and alfredo sauces that come in glass jars (Ragu, I'm looking at you), use the sauce, and save the jar. He cleans the jars, removes the label, and voila! New drinking glasses.
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11. Borrowing power from the college library
I had a roommate in college with a back-up battery. He would go to the library and charge that thing all day then use that to power his PC at night. I managed the bills in the house, and I noticed an $8 to $20 monthly reduction in electricity once he started doing that.
10. Trick or cheap?
Took the kiddos trick-or-treating this past Halloween. One house had a bowl on the porch that only had restaurant peppermints and fortune cookies.
9. Jack, the 'sleep' skate
Back in college, I had an acquaintance who was the king of dipping out of a bill. He would pay the first round of the night because he knew everyone would remember it and it was usually the cheapest (college bar beers). Then he would not even bother to chip in the rest of the night.
The worst was dinner tabs. He would all of a sudden get sleepy (pretending to be too tipsy) right before the bill was coming and put his head down when it showed up. He would than magically wake up and be perfectly fine after the rest of us split it up.
Funny thing is he was so smooth at this that most people never even noticed. But I did. I remember you, Jack. Don't be like Jack.
8. Not very charitable
Had a friend who would camp out behind the Goodwill or Salvation Army, and when people showed up to drop off donations, would walk up to the car and ask if they wouldn't mind if he looked through what they had first. He was upfront about it, and most people seemed to be okay letting him.
Want a less embarrassing way to save money? Try a cash-back credit card.
7. Savings in the bag
My grandfather uses chip bags as gift wrap. He rips them open along the seams to get a full rectangle, then washes them. It's not anything I would ever consider doing, but it works well for small gifts and looks just like the metallic paper people buy.
6. Time management
I had an English teacher in high school for first period one semester and then last period the next semester. During first period I noticed that she always adjusted the time on the clock (basic single battery analog clock). What I didn't know until next semester was that she removed the battery in the evening.
When I asked her about it, she told me that she had to supply her own batteries and that she wasn't going to waste them on being on all night so she reset it every day. Those clocks take like one to two batteries a year. Over the course of her 30-year career, she saved $20 maximum for all that inconvenience.
5. A soapless case
I have a friend who makes six figures. For Christmas she asks for hand soap from Bath & Body Works. It is for her guest bathroom so she doesn't have to buy the soap herself. She thinks fancy soap is a waste of money, but she still wants to have it in her guest bathroom.
4. Mitchum meltdown
One time when my dad was still alive he took a bag of spent solid deodorant sticks he'd kept, scooped the nubs out into a tin can and tried to melt them down to pour back into one of the dispensers. I didn't stick around to see if it worked, and didn't ask, but I never saw him do it after that.
3. Crazy for creamer
My roommate worked at an airport and would steal creamers at the end of the day (from the planes he was cleaning, I believe), and take them home in a big plastic bag. When my other roommate and I complained about all the room in the fridge this took up, he would one by one open them up and empty them into a jar.
The roommate taking the creamers didn't drink coffee/tea, and my other roommate and I were lactose intolerant and couldn't use them either. They'd gradually get used for baking and what-not, but our household cream expenses were quite low to begin with.
Here's a better way to pinch pennies: Make some extra money by renting out your car.
2. His bright idea
My dad had a friend that only uses one lightbulb at a time. He would unscrew it and take it with him into the next room.
1. Holding it in for savings
I witnessed this confession from one of my friends: “I only go to bathroom while I am at work, so I can save money for my water bill for the month. Sometime it gets uncomfortable, but it’s worth it.”