A couple of weeks ago Keith and I were watching tv (like we never do, except on days that end in "-y"), and he introduced me to this show called Cheapskates. Have you heard of it? People go to all these insane methods to save a buck or two, and some genius decided to film it so I could enjoy it. There's this one guy who is in his late twenties (I think) and he works as a bartender. When people don't finish their drinks, he saves the alcohol in a big bag and takes it home. He also saves the garnishes (olives, fruit, what other garnishes go in alcoholic drinks? Celery? Like in Bloddy Marys?) and any unpopped popcorn kernels that were left in bowls of popcorn. (I've never been to a bar that serves popcorn but now I think I need to find one.) Then he takes it home and makes himself martinis and popcorn. Oh, and he lives with his mother so he makes her drinks too.
There's this other guy who reuses his mouthwash. His reasoning? "It's an antiseptic, so it cleans itself." He has two bottles: one of new mouthwash and one that he spits the old mouthwash into. His wife has her own bottle of mouthwash. Oh yeah, he's married, and he gets an alert on his phone whenever she spends money.
Then there's the couple whose dates are dumpster diving. They went into one dumpster and found Chinese food and they ate it.
I'm all for saving money, but I think some measures are just a little too far. Like drinking leftover drinks. Just NO.
Obviously after watching this show, I was like I HAVE TO BLOG ABOUT THIS, so I started thinking of ways I save money and got a little depressed that I couldn't think of many ways. I like to think that's because I don't spend a lot of money but that's probably not the case. Oh well. Here's my list.
- I like to reuse my old coffee grounds for up to four days. I don't really like the taste of fresh coffee, so I'll suffer through the first round and then the next day I'll just add another little scoop of fresh grounds to the old grounds and that's how I get my perfect coffee. (If this is unsanitary I don't want to know.)
- My Target RedCard helps me save 5% every time I go to Target. The RedCard acts just like a debit card, so you don't have to worry about having another credit card to pay off. Plus, when you use it online you get free shipping.
- Coupons. I rarely use coupons, but growing up (in a family of 7 and with one pastor's income) my dad was a coupon master. Not quite to the extent of the people on Extreme Couponers, but it was impressive. Mondays were always the grocery store days, and in the mornings he'd clip coupons from the three or four grocery stores in our area and stack them in all these piles on the table. He also had printouts for the grocery stores that said the things he usually got from which aisle, and he'd circle what we needed that trip. He'd usually take one or two of the kids with us and we'd fill at least one cart in the major grocery store to the brim, and sometimes we needed two carts (those were the fun days!), and before we checked out, my dad would count his coupons to make sure he got every discount.
- I make Keith buy me things. That's what boyfriends are for, right?
- I convince myself I don't need things. That's the biggest way I save money. When I go to Target or Home Goods or Old Navy or somewhere, I'll carry things around the store for a while and then convince myself that I don't really want or need them. Plus sometimes I'm too tired to stand in line.
- I don't drink soda. I used to spend so much money buying fountain Diet Cokes, but since I quit soda at the end of August that expense has disappeared. Dolla dolla bills.
Now it's your turn. How do you save money? Tell me so I can implement your tactics and be a total baller. Thanks.