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How Far Would You Go? AKA Extreme Frugalism - The Lean Times

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Mar 31, 2014 Frugality , , , , 7 Comments

It seems as though everyone has jumped on the frugal bandwagon recently.  I have always tried to be frugal from way back when I lived in New York, worked in fashion for a lowly wage but still had to try to keep up appearances.  It was ramen noodles and walking all the way.

As in any group there are always the kids in the front of the class screaming for the teacher to call on them.  These are the brave souls that delve into the murky world of extreme frugality. Everyday I seem to be reading another story about people going to extreme means to save a few pennies.  Here are just a few. Drop me a line on what you think is going that bit too far.

Over at Living the Frugal Life – Kate has suggested to make a breakfast scramble out of last night’s dressed salad.  I would just serve the salad undressed then you could have it the next night. Her readers think it is a great idea so maybe not so extreme just not to my taste.

The next one that comes to mind is giving up on hair care.  I believe that you should do everything that you can afford to have a good-looking hairstyle since you wear your hair everyday.

Nina Willdorf who wrote the great book, City Chic, did an experiment to see how long she could go without having a hair cut, she lasted five months.  She seemed to have pulled it off with style, being very smart about the original haircut.  I think if your average person tried that experiment we would be looking and even more tight scraped back ponytails.

And since we are on the subject of hair – one of my biggest pet peeves is people that have stopped washing their hair regularly.  If you take public transportation the smell of dirty, greasy hair on someone standing close can take your breath away.  How can people go to work looking and smelling like that? It looks terrible, collects dust, leaves and goodness know what else.

Do you know anyone who practises extreme frugality?  Leave me a comment, as I will probably like to touch on this topic again especially if the recession continues and more people jump on the bandwagon.


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