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What extreme ways do you save money?

Posted by on May. 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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Woman Does the Unthinkable to Save Money Around the House

by Julie Ryan Evans

toilet paperHow far would you go to save a few bucks? Most of us these days would go pretty far, but probably not as far as Keeley Newstead. She's been dubbed "Britain's Thriftiest Mum", and does some extreme things to save money -- and I mean extreme.

According to an article in the Daily Star, the 37-year-old mother of two says her way of living is necessary so that she and her husband, who is currently only working part-time, don't go into debt or have to rely on credit cards. So from using tea bags three times to rationing toilet paper (six sheets per use!), she has found some creative -- and perhaps not entirely ethical -- ways to save.

For example, she says she doesn't buy school supplies for her kids, instead they collect pens, pencils, and other office supplies from local businesses. Sauces and ketchup don't need to be purchased as they just grab extras from fast food restaurants and horde them. Ditto for napkins and even toilet paper, which they take from public restrooms when they can.

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She told the paper, "There is so much free stuff out there, we might as well help ourselves. It saves us a fortune. The kids love it. It is like a game.”

That may be, and I suppose technically the stuff she's taking is free to her, but someone has to pay for it. I won't say I've never asked for an extra packet of salad dressing to use for another salad the next day, or that we don't have more than a few pens laying around that I accidentally took from somewhere, but that's about as far as I could go. The guilt (and fear of getting caught) would be too much for me beyond that.

Oh, and she also complains to get free stuff -- both online and in person. She said:

I got complimentary drinks in a restaurant after complaining about the food. Then when I got home I wrote to the head office and got vouchers. I also got £25 from a bicycle retailer when I complained the wheels were wobbly. I was happy because I then took the bike back and got a refund.

Some of her tips are legit, like always buying buy-one-get-one-free items and going to the grocery store near closing time to grab reduced items, but many of the others just seem downright dishonest. Living frugally is admirable, but not when you go so low to do so.

What extreme ways do you save money? Do you think this woman's methods are unethical?

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lyrick24
by Melissa on May. 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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 im not going to take anybodys toilet paper but i will stick leftover napkins and ketchup,mayo and mustard in my take home bag.

momofcrazypants
by on May. 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Yeahhhh, she's a little "extreme". Taking toilet paper from public restrooms to use at home just wouldn't fly with me. I don't think I'd feel good about that at all.

To save, I just coupon, try to match sales, stockpile the things we need, attempt to meal plan (lol), grow what we can and make household cleaners and detergents.

matreshka
by Valerie on May. 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

I'll admit to taking a pen and paper from a motel room, but that's about all I do. I just try to save, buy what we need and coupon and shop sales and clearance.

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on May. 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM
Agreed

Quoting lyrick24:

 im not going to take anybodys toilet paper but i will stick leftover napkins and ketchup,mayo and mustard in my take home bag.

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thefiregoddess
by Optimus Prime on May. 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

She sounds like a scam artist.

I coupon. To the point where I MAKE money by taking stuff from stores.

Um. Occasionally I'll take extra condiment packets that I had left over from a meal (I don't ask for extra..)

I do complain when necessary, and compliment (far more often)

I do rebates and promotions as well.

XOXOnBubbles
by Member on May. 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM
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My first thought was "How often do they eat out to gather enough ketchup etc. to not have to buy any?  Eating out is expensive!"  LOL.

If you want to save money on food, buy generic, and cook cheaper meals at home!  Don't steal all the ketchup packets you can grab when you go out to eat. 

I think that stealing napkins and toilet paper from public places is just that "stealing".  They are there for people to use when they use the facilities, not to stock their bathroom at home. 

nmaxwell816
by on May. 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM
She's a tad bit on the crazy aide
victoriaherring
by Bronze Member on May. 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM
My thoughts exactly. She sounds more like a thief than a thrifty mom and she is teaching her kids to steal. It may not be costing her money, but it costs those businesses.

Quoting thefiregoddess:

She sounds like a scam artist.

I coupon. To the point where I MAKE money by taking stuff from stores.

Um. Occasionally I'll take extra condiment packets that I had left over from a meal (I don't ask for extra..)

I do complain when necessary, and compliment (far more often)

I do rebates and promotions as well.

AzariahsMother
by Lynsey on May. 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

I don't think I have any extreme ways that I save.

AzariahsMother
by Lynsey on May. 2, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Oh yeah I will do this too.  DD and my brother think I am crazy when I take napkins or save the ones we don't use.  It's like well I just paid X amount for a meal I don't think taking napkins is going to kill them.

Quoting lyrick24:

 im not going to take anybodys toilet paper but i will stick leftover napkins and ketchup,mayo and mustard in my take home bag.


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