One of my late aunts, married to a multi-millionaire, used to still fill her pocketbook with left-over rolls, etc., from restaurants. Having grown up extremely poor in the depression, she never broke the habit of making sure no food went to waste.
What an image that conjures. lol
That would be me. I live right at the poverty level, and still have decent access to luxuries, don't receive welfare or unemployment, and live alone (which is a luxury in itself).
But I don't eat out (unless someone else is paying), don't drink soda or alcohol or coffee, don't buy things I can borrow (like movies, books, or video games--my local library loans out all of them), and I use alternative transportation for local errands (walking or riding a bicycle). I also buy used clothing.
I know at least two people: First was my mom's neighbor lady. Those cheap plastic bags that are in the produce aisle at stores, the things you put grapes, tomatos, apples, that type of stuff in, she not only SAVED then reused all those bags, she actually would triple and quadruple those bags in the market so she'd have them on hand at home for her own use.
The other a guy I've known all my life. He was getting milk on the way home one night. I know having been to his place 100's of time they always get the gallon jug of milk, but this night he had two half gallon cartons on the counter. When it came time to pay for his purchase the two half gallon cartons were 6 cents higher that what the one gallon jug would have cost him. He pleaded his case he should get the milk for the same price as the gallon jug since they didn't have any of those on hand. I thought he was joking, but he was dead serious, and unbelievably the cashier reached into the till and gave my friend his 6 cents. Totally dumbfounded but not surprising I guess as that was one of many things he'd done over the years I've known him.
Lol. your tale about the wine is hilarious. I dont know anyone who is particularly cheap or a skinflint. We were a very typical poor Irish family, but were never encouraged to be frugal. The generation after us, my nephews/nieces etc are all quite wealthy and incredibly generous. The family parties are epic for food and drink. lol
My great aunt, made me eat the peel of an orange, beacue it was wasteful to just eat the orange and throw away the peel.
My eldest brother
My mother is frugal..
I wish I had learned how to stretch a penny like she does..
she did teach me how to touch my nose with my tongue, and twist cherry stems.into knots..
The cheapest guy I know is also my favorite guy in the world. He's so cheap its cute. And my Great Grandmother was from Germany and when I would visit her we were only allowed to use 3 squares of tp...