Most of us here do some pretty frugal stuff, but how far you’re willing to take it is totally another story.
I got an email from a reader the other day and it cracks me up just thinking about it again :) Probably because I can see my friends doing the same thing, but also because it’s just hilarious to envision! I’m too lazy to give these things a shot, but it certainly makes for a good story/blog post. Here’s what Andrew Wrote:
“As background, Friend A and Friend B work together. Friend A sent an email to a group of us pals making fun of Friend B for burning a bag of popcorn in the workplace microwave, running to the backdoor, and heaving the flaming bag into the parking lot.”
And here’s what Friend B replied with via email:
“What you were not privy to is that I was “double popping”. As you know, there are always un-popped kernels left over in a bag of popcorn, so in order to get my money’s worth, I eat all the popcorn in the bag, then re-seal it with some tape and put it back in the microwave in order to pop remaining un-popped kernels. This results in a fair and delicious portion of popcorn, but this inevitably burns the bag. So out of respect for the office, I run and set the bag outside and transfer the delicious remaining popped kernels to a bowl so as not to permeate the office with the burned popcorn bag smell.
This does not burn the kernels, only the bag. Guess the bag can only take one spin in the microwave. Very frugal iyam.”
Haha, indeed! I racked my brain to see if there was anything I did as extreme as that, but unfortunately I’m pretty boring (unless you count sneaking cheeseburgers into the movie theaters as hardcore?). I don’t refreeze food over and over again, I don’t clip coupons or pay with bags of saved up pennies, and I certainly don’t recycle old toilet paper (ewwww!). I still bargain shop and save money like a mother f’er, but when it comes to hardcore frugalness I fail.
But I bet some of YOU don’t! And I bet you’re willing to share them with us too :) Aren’t you?