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Old 03-05-2016, 09:34 AM   #41
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When in a fast food restaurant, I have been known to take more napkins than I need and instead of throwing the extras away, just taking them with me.
We do that too. Have a giant wad of them in the car for eating on the road, picnics or cleaning the car.

Also, I'm surprised that Chipotle is still in business because I admit to a weakness for their "plastic" cutlery. Well made and strong and we keep a few full sets in the car.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:17 AM   #42
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When I travelled for w*rk I always took the extra roll of TP in the room....and I too grab handfulls of napkins and save them....

I save even small portions of leftovers for lunch the next day. Once I realized that frozen dinners have so little quantity in them for the amount you pay, I stopped tossing perfectly good small amounts of leftovers.

I cut up old kitchen towels into 5" squares and use one under my multiple cups of coffee in the morning, in place of paper napkins to catch drips. When I return to the kitchen for more coffee, I rinse it out and reuse it, then they go in with the rest of the wash....

I live alone, and in the winter I hang all clothes up to dry on the doorframes....releases moisture into the air as well..they dry super fast so you can imagine how dry the air is....I also dry all socks on my one cast-iron radiator.

I make orange juice from concentrate....after I discovered a LOT of the name brand juice is just that, but they charge three times as much!!! I like a half glass first thing to get that sugar jolt......

I have two cats...use the foil lined bags from thier dry food for collecting their waste. Don't leak or release smells. ALso found that Aldi's clumping litter is a fraction of what the other brands/stores charge and works as well.

I try things at Aldi before I make a judgement. In the years I've shopped there, I did not like their jarred red cabbage or liquid dish soap, otherwise I save a small fortune shopping there.

DOuble bag my groceries with store plastic bags, then use them for garbage each day. End of day that small bag gets tied off and placed in one large g-bag for later collection. Only need one large plastic bag a week!!!

The usual.. hang clothes on the line to dry, wash my own car (except in freezing winter-then run it thru the wash once a month....it pays to keep up with keeping it clean..

Yes I am cheap but I don't care!
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Thanks for the tips.

I leave my shaving cartridge in olive oil. It is the corrosion that attacks the cutting surface. It lasts forever.
My bathroom handsoap in always from hotels, sometimes 2 stuck together.

I keep hotel shampoo for overnight trips where there might not be adequate shampoo. Sometimes those plastic packets like ketchup that are impossible to open with wet hands. I will refill the better bottles from my giant Costco shampoo bottle. (Don't travel to hotels much anymore.)

Use paper towels in place of paper napkins, folded.

Always buy a liquor brand when they offer extra one-shot bottles. Keep them for traveling or company.

Use duct tape inside dress shoes that have developed small holes. (Does not work in Vancouver but fine in dry places.)

Save plastic shopping bags for garbage can liners. Not many any more because of recycled cloth bags.

Save newspapers (few now) for use with Windex or other mix to clean glass.

Stuff steel wool into rusted out burner in BBQ to get more life from it.

Use WD40 to clean various stubborn things.

Save spare screws, bolts, nuts and washers from products that supply spares.

Use small nails to secure picture hangers that have gotten loose.

(Habits developed over 40 years ago.)
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I do that. Can't stand to leave anything in any container, if it's feasible to extract it. Then, naturally, I look for ways to re-use the container.

Yep. If it's shampoo, salad dressing or detergent, throw in some water, shake, and pour out the last of it and use it.

As for containers-DH and I have a lovely matched set of re-purposed Costco mixed nut jars with lids; they're great as critter-proof canisters.
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Or use a big handlful of shaving cream like the commercials show?
I use bar soap. Haven't used shaving cream in years.
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You guys are still shaving? Mountain man look is free! Unless you're spending money on shampoo for your beard...
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I don't squeeze the ketchup packs into the bottle... that's because I'm lazy AND a cheapskate. We have a cup in our fridge that has ketchup/mustard/soy sauce/wasabi mustard/etc.... It doesn't get tossed, it gets stashed for use later...
The first time I read this I pictured the cup with five things mixed together - sort of a brown color and ready to spread... <cough>
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You might be a cheapskate if you wear the same underwear three days in a row and then turn it inside out and wear it three more days.
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before washing it.
Please to be explaining this strange word 'washing'.
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Fixed it for ya !
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When in a fast food restaurant, I have been known to take more napkins than I need and instead of throwing the extras away, just taking them with me.
I know someone who always grabs a fist full of fast food napkins, as in 10 to 20, eats his meal, uses one napkin, then tosses the remaining 9 to 19. He's also declared bankruptcy and been evicted from his home.
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You might be a cheapskate if you still bend down to pick up a penny from the ground. Guilty.
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You might be a cheapskate if you still bend down to pick up a penny from the ground. Guilty.
Me, too. That is partially how I got the $47 worth that I recently cashed in.
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See a penny, pick it up; all the day you'll have good luck. Then I heard that it only worked if the penny was heads up and that you can turn tails up pennies so the next passerby has a chance at good luck. In practice, on our walks I bend down and pick them all up and flip them into the air. Also pick up nails and screws in the road to save for the next trash can. I figure doing a bit of bending while walking is a good - thus lucky -thing.
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See a penny, pick it up; all the day you'll have good luck. Then I heard that it only worked if the penny was heads up and that you can turn tails up pennies so the next passerby has a chance at good luck. In practice, on our walks I bend down and pick them all up and flip them into the air. Also pick up nails and screws in the road to save for the next trash can. I figure doing a bit of bending while walking is a good - thus lucky -thing.
Be careful not to step on cracks though.....
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When I am getting near the end if a ketchup or salad dressing bottle, I will pour canola oil in in and shake it to get more out. But I can never get it all out.
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I used to make my own home made shampoo with water and baking soda. With the small amount of hair that I have left, it doesn't matter much. But I now use genetic baby shampoo which is pretty inexpensive.
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I notice you didn't admit to actually doing this yourself

This strikes me as more early-dementia, than truly cheap...cheapskates aren't necessarily dirty...Actually I wonder if this could be where the legendary "old man/old lady smell" comes from.

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""Actually I wonder if this could be where the legendary "old man/old lady smell" comes from.""

EEEwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!
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Well, quite honestly, I have never noticed any "different" smells from old people whom I know well enough to get close to...so I figure it must be linked to hygiene issues.

But this is rawther OT.

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EEEwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!
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