Some Funny Ways to Save Money
By Steve Gillman
I saw a list of funny ways to spend less money on a "frugal
living" website. I'm not sure they were necessarily meant
to be funny, but they were gleaned from real suggestions
people had submitted, and real things they had done to save money.
Some cheapskates don't seem to notice that an extra hour at work
might put them further ahead than many hours of penny-pinching.
First, then, we have some real suggestions, which are funny,
but can nonetheless be used to save money. After that there are
some funny ways to spend less money that you really shouldn't
Funny Ways - The Real Suggestions
One person suggested numerous ways to save money on weddings,
They included picking up the leftover flowers at a cemetery for
use in the wedding. I'm not sure how you can tell which are "leftovers,"
and it seems sad to steal flowers that are meant to be there
a while, so I would pass on this one.
Another creative penny pincher found a way to save money on
a car wash. He just washed his entire car using the squeegee
at the gas station. I suppose if you are at least filling the
tank there you might get away with this strategy.
A woman confessed that she has the kids stuff their pockets
with the free ketchup, salt and other condiment packets every
time they were in a fast food restaurant. That's not all, though.
She actually had the kids squeeze ketchup and mustard from the
packets into regular jars of ketchup and mustard, and claims
she hasn't bought these condiments in years. In addition to the
questionable ethics involved, it seems like too much trouble
to try this.
To save money on an umbrella, one man suggests going to the
lost and found department of any large public library. Tell them
you lost a black umbrella. They will have several, from which
you can pick the best one and claim it as your own. I hope the
real owner never comes looking...
Call people long-distance when you know they won't be home.
Leave a message for them to call. That way, they pay for the
More Ways to Save Money - Don't Try This at Home
Don't pay baby sitters! Get young couples who are thinking
about having kids to pay you to "rent" yours
for the evening. They get to see what it will be like, and you
can get paid instead of paying for sitters.
Turn off the TV and all the lights to save electricity. Tell
the kids it's a game of hide-and-seek.
Train your dog to beg for food from strangers, so you won't
have to buy dog food.
Rub pine needles under your arms instead of buying deodorant.
Take extra napkins from fast food restaurants to save on toilet
Borrow your neighbors toothbrush instead of buying your own.
Visit friends around dinner time to get free meals.
If I write a book on ways to save money, funny or not, will
I make much in sales, or will everyone take my suggestion and
borrow it from the library instead of buying it?