My Readers Are Stingy Scoundrels too

This week I had the chance to review and giveaway a copy of Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel: 100 Dirty Little Money-Grubbing Secrets. The book was great, but what I really enjoyed was reading through your comments about your own stingy secrets. Here is a list of all the tips I collected during my giveaway as well as some I found interesting from around the web.

Comments from our neck of the woods:

  • Jane collects dryer lint to start fires. When she runs out of link, she hits the laundromats to collect.
  • Mary Roberts glues freebie magnets to the back of plastic cases to display photos on the fridge.
  • Mother Nature sticks around after church events to clean up all the leftovers. (my mom, it runs in the family 😉 )
  • Cheapskate Sandy takes condiments and napkins from fast food places to use at home.
  • E.C. mooches off his brothers student only access to the university library system.
  • Jen and Corrin pack lunches every day to save on the cost of eating out.
  • Ashley squeezes every last ounce of usefulness out of her cosmetics by microwaving mascara and watering down body wash.

A few from me:

  • Stuff towels in all the crevices of your home such as between low cabinets, next to the fridge and under doors. Crevices cool down air flowing around the house and stopping them up will reduce heating costs.
  • For shipping or moving, hit the back of grocery stores for their excess boxes.
  • Water down hand soap when its “empty”. Just add some water and give it a shake, it will last a few more weeks.
  • If you buy a lot of milk, buy some skim milk and use it after the other jugs. Skim last much longer even a few weeks past the expiration.
  • If you have some cheese that’s about to go south, grate it and freeze it. The texture changes slightly if thawed and eaten, but when cooked its identical.

And some from around the web:

  • Lulu does a little flirting to get free topping or discounts.
  • Michelle uses her companies
  • David sneaks pop into sporting events to save on the cost of concessions.
  • Damon Day talks about mixing gas grades to get an average that is cheaper than the middle grade costs.
  • Dave Campbell has his girlfriend foot the bill at dinner even though he’s got dough in the bank.
  • QC Watchdog refills and reseals water bottles so they look like new, and his wife is none the wiser.
  • Emily furnishes her home with throw aways.
  • Mrs. Accountability discusses her grandmother only flushing once a day…
  • Fabulously Broke gives tips on getting free second-hand shoes.

Yea some of those are a bit much for me..but hey, if it saves ya money and you can deal with it, go for it. A big thanks to everyone for sharing their secrets.

The sites I collected these other tips from are,, and

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8 People have left comments on this post

» Mrs. MicahNo Gravatar said: { Oct 2, 2009 - 11:10:23 }

Flirting for discounts–I wonder if I could pull it off! Now y’all have given me ideas…
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» Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar said: { Oct 2, 2009 - 11:10:45 }

Thanks for visiting Mrs. Micah

Honestly, I’ve flirted for anything I can get. I can be a pretty smooth talker especially to the older retirement age gals that most people are rude too. I just smile and are real nice to em especially if I am there trying to get away with something like returning something past the return policy date or using expired coupons.

I have had younger girls flirt with me even when I shop with my wife 😉 but she doesn’t mind if I flirt back and get us a discount haha

» ddNo Gravatar said: { Oct 2, 2009 - 04:10:49 }

In States such as mine that have state run liquor stores they are an excellent place to find boxes to help when moving. Often the boxes are not as large but they are much more sturdy because many are used to ship glass bottles around the country. These make excellent boxes and often have convenient handles for carrying.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

That’s a great tip. Those more sturdy boxes are really useful and if you get them at UPS they can cost from $10 to $50 just for the smaller ones.

» LuluNo Gravatar said: { Oct 6, 2009 - 09:10:39 }

Thanks for the mention even though it makes me look like a really stingy scoundrel…flirting to get stuff.

I agree with getting the free boxes from stores as the few times I have moved I have gotten boxes from Walmart. Tip: go at 6 on a Sunday morning….they are unpacking boxes and will be glad to have you cart them away so that they do not have to take them to the back. Woo hoo!!!!
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Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

haha Lulu, don’t take it the wrong way 😉 we embrace stinginess around here, and ya know what, we have all done it in some form or another. I flirt with operators on the phone too when it makes things easier 😉

» LutrinaeNo Gravatar said: { Feb 17, 2010 - 07:02:23 }

What about growing food in your (expanded) garden and storing apples, potatoes, etc in your fridge or cellar or other veggies in your freezer so they don’t go bad? (My local farmers market sells apples into February) While gardening isn’t quite scoundrel-like, I suppose you’d be subverting Big Ag…

» Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar said: { Feb 18, 2010 - 09:02:46 }

Lutrinae, that’s not scoundrel-like at all, that’s just smart shopping and planning ahead. We do the same thing, such as grating and freezing cheese when it’s on sale. It gets a little odd when frozen but can be cooked with just fine. Having a big freezer is also a great way to save.

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