Last week, I got an email from someone who is casting for a TV show. They are looking for extremely frugal people and the tips they can share. Even with the amount of money we save, we aren’t really that frugal. To me, the things we do to cut expenses are probably not going to make a entertaining TV show.
For me, being frugal largely means NOT buying a lot of stuff we don’t need. It’s simple, really. We don’t have or do a lot of things that regular middle class families take for granted.
- A big house
- 2 nice cars
- Smart phone
- The latest gadgets and toys
- Cable TV
- A ton of new clothes
- Eating out, buying $3 coffee, going to movies and other entertainment.
I didn’t have most of these things when I was growing up so I know it’s possible to live without them. Not buying stuff is a great for our net worth, but I don’t think a channel surfer would find this riveting.
Being Extremely Frugal
Our monthly expense is low compared to a lot of other families, but we have a long way to go to being extremely. When I hear the phrase “extremely frugal,” I think of the following:
- Dumpster diving because you want to, not because you need to
- Sharing a room with 4 other people or squatting in a cave like The Man Who Quit Money
- Eating ramen or rice & beans everyday
- Making your own clothes from whatever material you have
- Washing your clothes in the shower
- Hahaha, I just found the show – Extreme Cheapskate on TLC
OK, these extreme cheapskates are hilarious. While I admire their desire for frugality, some of their frugal practices are downright nasty. Now that I have seen a few clips, I don’t think we are going to make the cut. Last week, the screener convinced me to think of a few things and make a video for them. I had to really brainstorm a bit to see what I could come up with…and it wasn’t much.
Check out the clips that I sent in
Saving on the utility bill
Here is how we save money on our heating bill. The kotatsu table is awesome and I don’t know why more people in colder climates don’t use it.
Cooking at home is a great way to save money. My pizza is so much better than the one from cheap pizza joints like Domino’s. I used to make the dough by hand, but I rescued a bread machine from the dumpster so it’s so much easier now. J This technically wasn’t dumpster diving, because the person who discarded the machine helpfully left it outside of the dumpster, hoping someone would actually take it.
Who in their right mind would pay for a haircut? That’s $15 down the drain and it will just grow back. That’s like paying for parking.
Are you paying for a gym membership? Why not just go outside and run around? See my stay at home dad’s playground workout routine.
It would be great to get on the show and increase our exposure a bit, but I am not telegenic at all. Somehow, these videos are not in the same entertaining yet cringe worthy factor as the clips I saw from TLC. I guess that’s why I blog. It’s so much easier for me express myself though writing.
What is the most extreme cheapskate move that you have pulled? Actually, between me and Mrs. RB40 we have done everything on my extremely frugal list above. We don’t consider these an everyday part of our lifestyle, though.