Save Money - Some More Funny Ways
By Steve Gillman
See also: Funny Ways
to Save Money
The other day, I was doing research on ways to save money.
While checking web sites and discussion forums, I discovered
that the cheapskates are hitting new - and funnier - lows. Choosing
your spouse according to how frugal he or she is, and reusing
the plastic from bacon packages were some of the serious suggestions.
One contributor to a forum even said, "Instead of buying
toilet paper, I use yesterday's newspaper."
My personal choice for the most ridiculous way to save money
was to stop drinking beer. What are we trying to save money for?
Some more funny ways to save money are below. I suspect - or
at least I hope - that many of these are not meant to be serious
suggestions. In any case, don't try these at home.
Save Money By...
- Turning off your clocks at night to save on electricity.
- Carrying powdered drink mix to add to water in restaurants,
to save on buying drinks.
- Installing a cat door and training your cat to go outside
to the neighbors yard to go to the bathroom. This saves on cat
litter and time spent cleaning the yard.
- Eating dog food. (According to this contributor, dry dog
food is better than canned.)
- Telling everyone you'll be out of town for Christmas, then
shopping the after-Christmas sales for presents.
- Asking friends to save the labels from any new products
they buy, so you can put them on your thrift-store purchases
when you are buying gifts.
- Closing the heater vents in all the rooms except your bedroom
before going to sleep.
- Encouraging mice in the house by leaving crumbs around -
so your cat will have a free food supply.
- Learning speed-reading so you can read books for free while
in the aisle at the book store.
- Leaving furniture in the same place in your house, so you
can easily get around at night without turning the lights on.
- Bringing back rolls of coins from Canada, to use at the
laundromat and in pop machines. This can save you 20% or more,
depending on the exchange rate.
These may be funny ways to spend less, but did any of them
make you think "Hey, that's a good idea?" If so, do
you still pick up pennies on the street? Wouldn't it be more
efficient to just stay at work for an extra minute to earn a
minutes pay? While you are there, you can take a big drink of
water - to save on your home water bill.