The other day I was watching the show Extreme Cheapskate on TLC. The show is about people who are extremely cheap and how they have found ways to save money. One lady bought expired food and made her own reusable toilet paper. Another lady looked for food in the garbage cans outside of upscale grocery stores and washed her clothes while she showered. There were people peeing in jars, using yogurt cups as glasses to drink from, making condiments from restaurants and digging through dumpsters for furniture. I was sitting there watching this thinking, “that’s beyond cheap, that’s just weird”. These people think that they’re saving so much money, but they’re going about it all wrong. I might be tight with money, but I’m not going to stop buying toilet paper to save a few bucks.
I used to be afraid of the thrift store. There was nothing about it that appealed to me. They always smelled like an old ladies’ basement and had knick-knacks from that basement all over. I would look through the racks and find elastic waistline jeans and shirts with birdhouses all over them. I also never liked the idea of wearing someone’s old unwanted clothes.