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Scary Frugal Things About Me - The Lean Times


Aug 17, 2015 Frugality , , , 4 Comments
After last week’s sad post, I thought I would tell you some of my frugal quirks.  I hope I am not the only person out there with strange frugal habits and fears. My beloved even sometimes thinks I am weird but I will let you be the judge of my weirdness.
1. I can’t throw away a tube of lipstick until I dig the last drop out with a brush.

2. I hoard beauty products. I buy more than I need when they are on offer or I am in the States. I fear not being able to afford them if times get tough.

3. I also buy extra underwear and socks when visiting my mother in NY but do not allow myself to use them until the ones I am wearing truly bite the dust.

4. When I need to buy most anything, I look at the shops first then look at eBay for a cheaper price.

5. I get nervous if there is not a least two unopened large packages of toilet roll in the flat. Did I mention there are only two of in the flat?

6. I feel a bit sick if when I buy myself anything. In the past two years I have bought only replacement items. Nothing exciting or goodness forbid extravagant.

7. I sometimes mix Lidl cat food with preminum.  For more frugal cat tips see this.

8. I only will eat out at restaurants that serve food I can’t make. You will not see me eating pasta in a restaurant.  Actually we only go out to eat about once every couple of months if that.

Do you have any scary frugal habits?  Please leave me a comment so I know I am not a lone freak.


  • Maricar Belo
    Dec 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    1. I cook meals so that there are leftovers, then use those for lunch at the office (reheated care of the office microwave). Saves time, energy, and money.

    2. I eat food past its expiration date. As long as they don’t smell or taste funny, its still food for me.

    3. I plan what to cook based on what’s in the refrigerator. For example, meatballs will be on the dinner menu just because there is surplus ground beef I don’t want to waste.

    There are ways that I am thrifty-weird but my food thing is what first comes to mind.

  • Viviana
    Dec 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Maricar, thrifty weird is good. I think we think alike – I too used to always bring leftovers for lunch until I changed jobs and now don’t have access to a microwave. I don’t pay too much attention to expiration dates and I plan from what I buy in the market on a Saturday.

  • Agatha @ Free Money Tips
    Dec 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I’m totally with you and I am a big frugal nerd as well. A few years back a green architect told me that many appliances still use electricity when they are plugged in, even if they are not in use. So I always unplug my electric toothbrush, microwave, and cell phone charger when I am not using them and I have DEFINITELY seen a steady drop in my electric bill.

  • Viviana
    Dec 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I do the same thing with unplugging anything with a light on it. Thanks for commenting!

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