While looking at my finances even closer, I noticed a show on TLC called Extreme Cheapskates. It follows people who suffer the namesake affliction. I watched in hopes of learning some tips. Remember this is from a network called The Learning Channel.
Good news, it’s a marathon!! I watch a girl in New York who lives in a tiny condo and finds all her furniture in the garbage. Hmm… I could handle this. Goodwill really is one step up from the garbage. Then, the camera followed her into the bathroom where she described the way she cleans herself without using toilet paper. I’m out. You lost me at no toilet paper.
Next was a millionaire who wants to live off her money forever so she budgets down to the penny. She dumpster dives, forages for herbs and mushrooms, and has her own garden. Okay. Seems reasonable. Then, she explains how she pees in a jar to put in the garden to save money on flushing toilets. Then, she turned the hot water heater off when she thought her boyfriend was in the shower too long. WTF! No hot showers? Peeing in jars? Why don’t you just not flush the toilet?? That solution seems much easier. Every time she explained something she did, she calculated how much money it was saving her. Collecting her urine and not flushing it saved her $10 a year. That is $10 I would be more than happy to fork over MONTHLY for the convenience of modern plumbing!!