12 bizarre ways people save money

Saving money is a worthy goal, but some people take it a bit too far.

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Aug 21, 2014 6:18PM
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Save by looting instead of buying.  See: Ferguson, MO.
Aug 21, 2014 7:25PM
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I live in a van down by the river and eat out of dumpsters. What me worry?
Aug 22, 2014 11:24AM
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Dumpster diving and sidewalk castoffs not bad idea. Have a friend works at apartment complex for college kids. Brought home perfectly good 55'' rear projection tv, 24" 15 speed bike, almost new coffee pot, blue tooth speakers, vacuum cleaner, needed belt, digital camera ect. Mommy and daddy pay for it...
Aug 22, 2014 5:56PM
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   The best way to save money is to pretend you don't have it.
Aug 22, 2014 5:49AM
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People who eat in dumpsters aren't usually frugal; they're called the homeless.  And if they don't have a dime to their name, its that or a soup kitchen, if they can find one...


As to the knitting with dog hair, I've heard worse. CNN had a news story of someone who used a breast pump to get more milk then they needed for breast feeding purposes. The problem is, when junior didn't need so much, they made cheese out of it. Now THAT STORY, was gross; especially because the person went to sell some of that cheese /barf

Aug 22, 2014 12:36PM
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Some of these suggestions are gross...  if you want to be frugal, try some of the following:


Use a "TracFone" instead of an expensive Smart Phone.  I mean, do you really need play with that toy 24 / 7?

For internet I have cheap dial up.  You can't watch videos too well, but you can get email and it does save a lot of money.

Use coupons, go to clearance sales, yard sales, too.

Instead of having expensive cable, read a book.  You can go to a library and get books (or use the internet) for free!  There is nothing but garbage on TV, anyway.

Don't use credit cards all over the place wherever you go.  You can save by using cash.  If you don't use your credit card, it slows you down and makes you think about what you're buying first.


And, oh, yeah, people, please stay of topic.  I'm sick of every freakin' online article being turned into "get rid of Barry," etc.  Grow up, people.

Aug 21, 2014 9:49PM
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You may want to check with your municipality first to see if the sewer system can handle pet waste (many can't). And who wants to wait to use the toilet until the cat's done?

AND CAN EVERYONE ELSE PLEASE STAY THE HELL ON TOPIC?
Aug 22, 2014 10:48AM
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I'm always joking with friends that I have enough white dog hair to make two more dogs.  I have a shih tzu and a large goldendoodle, both white.  But I can't imagine knitting with it,  could you imagine getting caught out in the rain?  You'd smell like wet dog all day long!
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Another idiotic article by MSN, love that they tossed hoarding in there despite the fact that it has been linked with mental health issues. With the morons in DC ruining this nation soon all the things listed will be the only way to survive.
Aug 22, 2014 9:25AM
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I moved out of tax hell NY for the Gunshine state but that is really not that bizarre, million of the white middle class leave every year. 
Tue 4:44 PM
Aug 22, 2014 8:10AM
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The best sofa I ever had (a sofa bed w/all the powers....they do nt make'm anymore like it) I picked it up fm the sidewalk....in front of a neighbor's  house....Hosed down throughly with heavy  detergent and water...had it drying wide open in the sun for three weeks.....lasted me for a couple of yras....'til I got transferred  (was a coastie then)
Been looking for another like it ever since....no luck....they don't make'm like tey used to...
Tue 5:44 PM
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Being a retired couple, my wife and I drive 20 miles 3 or 4 times a year.  We stock up on canned goods, paper products and BULK meat / fish / poultry & breads,  When we get home I cut the meat into meal sized portions and freeze them.  We freeze the breads.  I put it all on my AMEX card and get a rebate to start each year off with a slightly lower tab.  We do buy our cold cereals in bulk and it keeps well for four months as the packs are sealed and we use them from sealed containers at home.  I just bought an HP Printer for $75 less than the Best buy 3 miles from home.  We get our napkins, TP & two types of paper towels there.  We also buy bulk water, Sparkling water, Iced tea & soda.  Coffee is way over priced so we by it at our local Market Basket along with weekly produce which you can buy individually packed. 
Aug 22, 2014 6:19PM
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The thing you should strive for when trying to save money is efficiency.  Not just with money and resources, but with TIME.  How much TIME are you spending knitting your new dog hair sweater or rummaging through the dumpster for a stale cake when you could be out earning money?
Aug 22, 2014 2:49PM
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EBT card, Bammy phone, Welfare, Subsadized housing. Find a job that pays under the table. Collect large income tax return for end of years anchor children.
Aug 22, 2014 1:54PM
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For about 10 years I ditched "touch-tone "dialing on my phone in lieu of "Pulse" dialing...saved 78 cents a month. I can't beleive they were charging me for touch tone....so i changed it to pulse.
Aug 22, 2014 5:46PM
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You call this saving?  Why Balderdash!  Why waste good money on TP when you can recycle newspapers, junk mail (so much of it and it is FREE) circulars (think of all that "free" paper in your supermarket).  Think of the dollars you can save in one year on that one.  And why not start a new trend - Diving for Dollars. Nights out with your friends getting a little pricey?   Have a little get-together - Call up all your friends for a Friday night "fun" social event. Why Ice Bucket someone?  Go to your local supermarket after it closes and have a "Dig and Dive"  party.  Why spend money for ice when you can just dive in the garbage for as much fun.  Have a challenge to see who comes up with the most "edible" items from the dumpster.  For a real thrill - take your dumpster items and have a picnic right there in the grocery parking lot   Now that is a real tailgate party.  He who finds beer - gets more of the food.
Tue 6:35 PM
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i used to dumpster dive every day at work. i was supervisor of maintenance at an apartment complex every morning i would start by walking the grounds picking up loos trash and sweeping around the dumpsters, i would check inside the dumpsters and recycling. while i did not take food out i did recover two pairs of timberland shoes in nearly perfect condition. one had a small scuff on the toe. several pieces of native American art peace pipes bead sashes and the lot bicycles  computers/parts/software and enough coke points to get 6 years of popular mechanics for free

oh and i did once gather up pallets for fire wood to help heat our house when it was really cold and the power was knocked out by storms

as for the rest of the things they showed um no thanks

Aug 21, 2014 6:23PM
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DO NOT CLICK ON THE ARROWS!!  BRAIN DAMAGE WILL OCCUR !!!!
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