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mom 10-14-2008 10:28 AM

Your opinion on being too Frugal
I got this idea from another frugal site and thought it would be interesting to hear what the FC members say regarding this topic.

What do you feel is being Too Frugal or Going Overboard with frugality. Your Comments, Ideas, or Experiences.

1) Trying to be frugal and re-use dog hair or lint seems too frugal, but it also seems to work for some people.

2) For me I suppose to wash and re-use drinking straws would be a bit over the top, but I suppose I would if I had to.

3) I suppose my silly habit of saving the lids off the milk jugs is also a little over the top.



AnnaInOhio 10-14-2008 10:34 AM


Somewhere in the frugal archives I'd guess about 2 years ago? we actually did do something like that survey.

Over the top frugality? I'd guess something I wouldn't do but my neighbor does, is eat food out of the dumpster when dumpster diving. They found a chicken in the dumpster along with other food items and they took it home and cooked it. This was in 80's plus summer weather.


mom 10-14-2008 10:38 AM


Tried to find an open thread for it but didn't succeed. So, opened up a new one.

I don't think I could dumpster dive for a chicken, sounds too gross. LOL



Darlene 10-15-2008 06:54 AM

I had a neighbor save her rinse water from her automatic wash machine in a sink and use it again and again. This was way over the top she was an older woman and this was her husbanad's idea. Way too frugal for me LOL

mom 10-15-2008 07:23 AM

Hi Darlene,

It does sound over the top for me also. Except maybe to save it once to help flush the toilet. But, still that would be a little more than I would want to do.LOL



mom 10-15-2008 07:26 AM

I had a relative who would put thier garbage in the freezer (things that would rot) so that the garbage can outside wouldn't get smelly. That's too much for me. LOL



RobertaD 10-15-2008 07:50 AM

I've heard of a lot of people redirecting their washing machine water in order to water their yard/garden. I would if I could but we are on a slab and the only way I could do it would be to get a pump and pump the water myself.


Gardenlady3 10-17-2008 02:13 PM

Darlene, we used to have a washer(30yrs ago) that had a sud saver option(to save the water) & to reuse the water. I only used it on rags & lightly soiled things. Not very often, I used a smaller load setting instead.

I would not do the food dumpster diving, but I have seen it before on TV-maybe Oprah?

I like being frugal but I'm sure there are things that I would think are too much. I'll have to put some thought into it.


Pag36 10-17-2008 02:19 PM

Lol first place I could not get up into a dumpster but would not if I could. And would never eat anything that anyone got out of the dumpster UGH!

MKS 10-17-2008 02:29 PM

What about eating dandilion greens? I tried this last spring. I had trouble just because I didn't know what I was doing. I don't really think it is overboard.
I think if it fits your life style & doesn't become too much of a burden & it saves you money....then go for it.

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