Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Extreme Cheapskates

Last night there was a new show called Extreme Cheapskates on TLC at 10:00 p.m. It seems to be a single episode at this point, but perhaps it will grow into something larger. It was repeated early this morning at 1:00 a.m. I missed both. The description of the program on TLC’s website is: “Extreme Cheapskates gives you an insider's look at the most outrageous penny-pinching people around. From making their own reusable cloth toilet paper to singing for their supper, you won't believe their extreme and inventive ways to save money.” I will try to see if TLC is planning to air this program again in the future – just in case you have an extreme idea to make reusable toilet paper!

On the TLC Website, they have a section called Dollars and Sense Guide ( that includes videos, tips and advice on the kind of issues that we will be discussing in future meetings of our Savings Club: How to Half your Gas Bill, Saving Big on Groceries, Home Renovations on a Budget, and Low Cost Thoughtful Gift Giving Tips, to name a few.

I also noticed on a visit to a CVS Pharmacy last evening, a scanner near the entrance where you could scan the items you wish to purchase and if a coupon is available, it will print out for you on the spot. That seemed to be a pretty good deal, if you remember to use it and if you have the time. I should have checked to see what this scanner was called to see of it can be found in other locations or if it is exclusive to CVS.

There seems to be no shortage of advice in books, magazines, online and on TV about how to live a frugal life. I think the next topic of discussion will have to be how to create a longer day to be able to digest all of this good information. Once you start to look into this subject, there are cost saving opportunities all around us – hopefully we will discover a few of these by sharing our knowledge and experiences with others in our group – this will save us all some time in getting to the best tips and tricks without having to read everything ourselves. Like de-cluttering, this is an easily overwhelming subject!

By the way, I visited the Monroe Public Library yesterday and all the free tickets for Jamie Novak’s program are taken. They suggested that I show up early and maybe I could get in, but that sounds too risky to take a day off of work for. Hopefully, if someone from our group wanted to see Jamie, you were able to get to Monroe for your tickets.

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