Thursday, February 1, 2018

Extreme Ways to Save Money

Some people think that we live an extremely frugal lifestyle but to us, saving money is just normal.  I don't think we ever do anything too extreme to save money, although I once found a barbel set in the desert, carried the heavy set home--they were 15 pounds each, no wonder someone dropped them there!--and sold it on Craigslist.  Here are some extreme ways to save money (YMMV and some of these things may be illegal!):

  • Dumpster diving.  There is a whole sub-culture around dumpster diving with message boards, a WikiHow page, and more dumpster diving tales than you can shake a stick at (here, here, and here). 
  • Medical tourism.  It's no secret that medical care costs in the US are off the charts and even if you are lucky enough to have health insurance, you still may end up footing a several thousand dollar bill for the smallest of medical procedures.  The same goes for dental care.  Some people have responded to these astronomical costs by going to foreign countries for much cheaper medical and dental care.  Examples here, here, and here.
  • There have also been stories of do-it-yourselfers who use animal and fish medicines to treat themselves (eekkkk).  Several people address the issues of doing this here, here, and here.
  • There are people who have gone to the far side of saving money on food by using coupons in a way most people would find extreme.  Extreme couponing has even become a thing with it's own TV show, message boards, and again, lots of articles on the topic (here, here, and here).
  • Finally, even I was shocked at the lengths people went to in order to save money featured here, here, and here.  FWIW I won't be shaving the hair off my head to save money on shampoo!

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