Friday's Are For One Question

Maybe you’ve heard – there’s some bad stuff going on with the economy. We’re all trying to be thrifty. So in that spirit of thriftiness, let’s tell some stories. Here’s today’s question phrased in 2 different ways:

Nice Way:

“What’s the most extreme length you have ever gone to in order to save some money?”

Blunt Way:

“How cheap are you?”

**The goal of “One Question Friday” is simple: To show that everyone has something funny, engaging, creative, and worthwhile to say. So comment away! Be real. Be creative. Think hard. And check back to see how others answered the question.

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  • Jason Smith says:

    I packaged a sandwich from a left over lunch tray I found at work into an old sandwich bag out of my garbage can in order to eat it the next day. Refrigerated it.

  • Michael K. says:

    In college, I got tired of paying 50 cents for laundry so I didn’t wash my sheets for 12 weeks. Then I threw them away and slept on a bare mattress.

  • Chad says:

    I only shop at Goodwill when they have their 50%off days, which is the first saturday each month.

  • melanieseaver says:

    Jason, I must ask….was that sandwich from your lunch tray, or just a random tray you found?

  • Jason Smith says:

    It was a random tray I found.

  • Jeremy says:

    On Father’s Day, there are two local frozen yogurt places that offer free Strawberry shortcake for dad. So my wife and I drove through the one and get the free shortcake. Then we drove 2 miles up the road and went through the drive through and got the free shortcake. We pulled into a parking lot across the street and both enjoyed our free strawberry shortcake…

  • Erin says:

    I just laughed out loud at Michael not washing his sheets and then sleeping on a bare mattress.

    I’m not cheap, but I was notoriously bad with money for awhile there. Confession: I once entered a Quick Cash for (insert item of value here) Place and sold some crap for Christmas presents. I’ve never felt so shady in my life.

  • Zach Nielsen says:

    Dave Ramsey kicked our butts. 50,000$ in debt paid off in 4 years. We lived a lifestyle of being cheap for 4 years!

    So glad we did too.


  • liturgicsjay says:

    dude, those mattresses were raunchy.

  • CarrieZ says:

    I’m realizing now just how excited I should have been to get a brand-new mattress when I moved into the dorm…. 🙂

  • Heather says:

    In the 4th grade for Christmas I gave everyone previously loved possessions. For best friend got my New Kids on the Block tape. If that is not thrifty and thoughtful I just don’t know what it is.

  • Becky says:

    Back in the day, I made 1 chicken stretch for 7 meals for a family of 5….but I think Jason gets the prize!!

  • Sarah says:

    My job provides a meal plan to the campus cafeteria. I go “shopping” for veggies on the salad bar, ice cream and cereal and take them home and store for later.

  • I used to buy a 5-pack of Wal-mart white T-shirts before each semester in college.

    Those and 2 pairs of pants were my entire wardrobe until I met my beautiful wife and she introduced me to this place called “The Gap”.

  • Amy Wright says:

    I re-gifted something one time and felt terrible about it. Well, actually, I bought another gift to go with the re-gifted item. I’m not thrifty…careful…but not thrifty, and especially not cheap! 🙂

  • Heather says:

    I re-use Ziploc bags. Of course, that’s for more of an environmental reason (reducing waste), but it’s also being cheap.

  • Tiffany says:

    Growing up if our house got rolled (T.P.ed or whatever you call it) my dad would go out and get all the “perfectly good” toilet paper that wasn’t touching the trees and then for a week we used the bagged toilet paper. Joshua seems to think this is a good idea and plans to use it in our future.

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