What is the craziest thing you ever did to save money?

Canada
September 29, 2010 7:26am CST
Some people save the little mustard and ketchup packages or napkins from fast food places. Some people live on ramen noodles for days on end. Some people even dumpster dive. I usually check out the reduced produce counter at the super market. What do you do to save money?
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@NoWayRo (1062)
• Romania
29 Sep 10
I started cooking. I know it doesn't seem like much, but it worked like a charm. I was a dedicated member of the fast food generation all the way, and went out to lunch with my co-workers every day - as you can imagine, this gets quite expensive. I was "forced" to start cooking (long story, I won't go into details here), and discovered I liked it and apparently had quite a talent for it. I started bringing home made lunch to work, my co-workers loved it, and so we reached an agreement: they come up with suggestions at the end of each week, I pick the dishes I can cook based on their suggestions, and then they all chip in, buy the ingredients and bring them to my home. I don't contribute with any money, because I'll be doing all the work. Then, I bring home made lunches for the entire office. It's not something strict or contractual, as you may imagine, people contribute when and if they feel like it - but they all agreed that this is cheaper and healthier than anything else. I've been doing this for 9 months now - the good news is, my expenses with food are almost zero. The great news is, I'm not bored with it yet!
• Canada
29 Sep 10
What a wonderful idea. It is so amazing that you discovered this talent of yours. Now you not save money but you also live a healthier live. You co-workers are so lucky to have you and you have a lot of fun doing this. Keep up the good work.
@NoWayRo (1062)
• Romania
29 Sep 10
Heh, thank you, right on time. I need a bit of encouragement, as I've just spent 5 hours on Sunday to make apple jelly, because one of my co-workers had 30 kg of apples and no idea what to do with them. I have no idea what I'm going to do with all that jelly either, but have to say it turned out picture perfect :)
• Canada
29 Sep 10
I suppose you put the apple jelly into sterilized jars, so it will keep to about a year. (it keeps longer but I like to use up my jams and jellies within the year) Anyway you could buy some pretty labels or make them yoursel using images of fall or apples and say "from the kitchen of..." and give them away as little Christmal gifts to people who have done you a kindness or you could take them along when visiting a friend or relative instead of buying flowers or another hostess gift. If you do that you can also cut out round circle of pretty cloth with pinking shears and cover the lids with it and tie a pretty ribon around the cloth. My sister makes some beautiful jams and jellies. She always takes a jar or two when she visits my elderly aunts. They just love her for it. If you want to use up some of it yourself you can make a very elegant dessert. Soak some raisins in a bit of rum or cognac, heat some of the apple jelly add the raisins, some cinnamon and pour the liquid over thin crepes on individual dessert plates. Add a little lemon juice and if you need to be totally decadent add a dollop of real whipped cream. Can I come over for this dessert?
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
29 Sep 10
Hi linda, As for the food stuff and savings I do not remember compromising them. When I need food I need it at any cost and there would not arise any question of saving. Besides I have never tried to save from little left over or not using what usually I would love to use.
• Canada
29 Sep 10
Hi Kraj, I am having a hard time getting the point of your post. My question was not about saving money on food but rather on all the ways, odd, weird, sensible and otherwise that people have used to save money. It just happened so the previous two posts were about food. I have known people who save old socks to use as cleaning rags, I know people who clean with baking soda and vinegar thus saving big money on commercial cleaning supplies. I know people who buy their Christmas gifts the day after Christmas and give them the following year. I know people who save all their glass jars and use them to store beans, lentils, flour and other items instead of buying those fancy storage boxes. So, do you have something that you do to save money?
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
29 Sep 10
Might be I just went by the first line and did not pay heed to the following lines. Yeah, people do a lot of such thing to save money or to make the best of the things that they once owned and now is old and worn out. It is a good way to save a little. Well I have started using CFL tubes in place of traditional bulbs and tubes to cut on electricity. Do not recollect exactly what craziest thing I must have done to save money.
• Canada
30 Sep 10
Well, that is a good and sensible way to save money on lower electricity bills. I use those tubes as well. I also try not to run the dishwaser until it is full. Lately I am on a savings mission as I have to cut costs and I wash my dishes by hand most of the time. Less usage of water and electricity.
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
While I was in college I skipped lunch to save money for the things I want to buy because I don't want to ask for money to my parents. I just stay in the library or just hangout around the campus until it's my next period again.
• Canada
29 Sep 10
Well, that is one way where people save money. I guess as a young person you did not find it too tiring to follow the lectures of the afternoon periods on an empty stomach. I hope you always ate a good dinner though.
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
I load up on my breakfast so I don't feel too hungry when lunch time comes. Actually the opposite happens to me, when I go to class with a full stomach I feel sleepy, all I want is to rest because I feel satiated with my meal. But I don't feel tired at all when I go to class without eating anything first. XD
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
30 Sep 10
Hi Linda, to save money I shall not go out of my house. I only sleep and sleep.
• Canada
1 Oct 10
Hi bhanusb, Haha haha, I wish I could do that too like the polar bears or black bears in Canada where I live. To sleep and sleep and sleep to hibernate from fall to spring I would not have to spend money on food, wow big savings!!! on electricity! on transportation! on clothes! on drinks! Those would be the biggest and craziest savings.
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
22 Apr 13
Hi, For cutting electric bills, we try to sit in one room in summer and put on light and fan in that room only and put off all the light in other rooms in the house. When I come back from traveling I usually prefer to come home by walking, try to avoid bus or auto rikshaw.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
6 Oct 10
Hi there Lindalinda . These days there is nothing crazy about trying to save money where you can...it's crazy to continue to spend unwisely when you need to tighten the old belt. About 80% to 90% of my shopping is generic brand or "reduced for quick sale". I'm finding though that even the reduced items are too expensive for me.. In winter, I use my wood burning heater to cook one pot meals and I make a big lot and freeze several meal sized portions for another time. I've really noticed a drop in my power bill when I do this a lot. I turn appliances off at the wall when the appliance is not in use and I switch off lights that are not actually in use. There are lots of little things we can do that all add up to substantial savings.