Extreme Cheapskates

by Robyn Wright on December 29, 2011

in Living

In our family there are a few people who are, umm, ok I’m just going to say it – CHEAP – with their money. It is ok, it is their money and they can do, or not do, with it what they want.  Some people call me frugal (at times), I can live without because it is different than cheap I think. I actually like expensive things but I just cannot afford them generally and if I cannot buy the one I really want I just do not buy it at all.

So last night on TLC was this show, Extreme Cheapskates. OMG! My jaw just kept dropping as they went through the show introducing new people who were extreme cheapskates. If you were on Twitter you saw me (@RobynsWorld) tweeting as I watched.

extreme cheapsaktes

The first guy, Roy (shown above), just whoa! He dug those roses that were all limp and dying out of a dumpster to give his wife on their anniversary. He also pulled out a tea kettle to give her. Even worse, when they go out to eat he asks for a to-go box and goes around TO OTHER TABLES and takes food that is left and even asks people still at the table if they are done and if he can have their food! EWWWWWWW!!  The other really nasty thing that stuck in my mind was the lady who doesn’t buy toilet paper and instead she and her family use cloth rags to wipe their butts after going to the bathroom. Those rags go in a trash can by the toilet and she just keeps washing them. EWW EWW EWW – I’m sorry it may be green and cheap – but EWWWW! Did I mention she has 6 kids?

Did you see this show? What stood out for you? Do you know an extreme cheapskate?

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1 Zafrina McNulty December 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

The toilet paper thing was the major stand out for me….. 

2 Aurora December 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Between the Toilet Paper and The Animal Crackers, This show had me saying WTF!  There was also the guy who went to the diner to check the cushions for change….. to buy goat heads with…… um ew 

3 Whitney December 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

It IS possible to take it too far… and from what I’ve heard, this show proves it!

4 Lauralee Hensley December 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Didn’t watch and now I’m glad I didn’t.  Ewwww, Ewwww, Ewwww is right, especially the non-toliet paper users. 

5 Angie Marion December 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm

OMG! I didn’t see this but I might have to check it out! I’d be offended by Roy! And I definitely DO NOT know anyone who does this! WOW!

6 Brendashandmade December 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I didn’t see that episode, but I did see a different episode the other day.  The episode you saw sounds awful!  The one I saw was some young guys who bartered for free things, like taking out the trash for a free hair cut.

7 Aurora December 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

That was at the end of the episode….

8 Allison L December 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I watched that last night, omg these people are crazy! The guy that found the change and got 2 goat heads [from the butcher] to cook for dinner…one word – YUCK!

9 Joyce McDaniel December 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I didn’t see the episode.  But I know the cheapest, money hungry man there is in the world.  I am not joking, it is my Dad. Homer has been cheap since he was little.  His mom used to tell me stories of when he was little how he would hold on to every penny he made.  When he was of the age to go into the military, he sent all of his money home to his mom to keep in the jar.  After he returned home from the Army, he met my mom whom was 16 at the time and married her. They had to go to Maryland to get married because he was 9 yrs older than her.  After they were married the money he saved was enough to buy a house up in the Mountains of Syria, VA.  My mom had 3 children by the time she was 19.  Dad would never buy new items for the house, he worked in Chvlle, VA then and had a long drive.  He never bought her gifts and still doesn’t buy her anything not even for her Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas.  I am sure he has the first dime he ever made.  We moved to Orange VA when I was 4, he then started working 2 jobs and put every bit in the bank.  He had enough equity in his house that the house in Orange did not cost him.  We only got one present for Christmas and our Birthday. 
Wait you have not heard it all yet.  As I got older my brother and I had to work mowing grass and cutting and chopping wood for money.  After we worked the whole weekend thinking the money we could buy us some toys.  Nope, we had to buy our school clothes with that.  When I was in my teens and started hanging with my girlfriends, their father asked me if I would go to Myrtle Beach with them, I said yes.  I had saved up $20.00 and went to my father and asked for money and he said no.  If $20.00 will not buy you food and gifts then you cannot go.  I was devastated so my girlfriend’s dad fealt so bad for me that he paid my way.  That was the only vacation I ever had with my family.  I met my high school sweetheart when I was 15 and married him 5 days after graduation.  My dad would not pay for my wedding.  I was doing housecleaning, mowing grass everything to get my wedding dress made.  It cost me $15.00 and he waited until the last minute before he would walk me down the isle.  Our total wedding cost us $75.00 for my husband’s mom bought our cake.  He never ever would spend money on clothes for himself, so mom and us kids every year would buy clothes for his birthday and Christmas.  He is a very old fashioned man and I had a strict childhood.  My mom had to have a hip replacement today and he would not go.  I swore when I got married and had children I would never treat them that way.  When they need something they get it and my grandchildren are the same.
This is the most cheapest part of him, I love him so much, but my mom has had a lot of doctor bills this year and I am disabled now, but I have been helping her pay them for my father says it is her bill not his.
Now if anyone can match this, I feel very sorry for you.  This has really affected my mom.
I don’t care if I am broke, if someone needs help.  I will help them.
Sorry it is so long, but this is the only way to explain it so you know someone know that is the cheapest person there is.

10 Eileen December 31, 2011 at 2:55 am

Joyce, that is amazing you turned out to be so sweet and caring. not to knock your dad (cuz I know ALL about that dad thing with my own dad memories) but you must have gotten your character from your mom. I am sorry, but this is borderline abuse and neglect…emotionally if not other. A spouse and children look for a good shoulder to lean on, a good heart to learn from, and soft hands to hold you.  If you cant’ get that from your dad (daddy) and your husband, who can you get it from? You never said how your father was raised? He had to get his saving/cheap antics from SOMEwhere! Often a person ends up like that who have had a hard life financially, growing up…which is sadly a lot of people. (we had 9 kids on a farm and didnt have a lot…worked as teens to get my class ring, senior pictures,  clothes, even underwear,  from various jobs). Sometimes that can motivate you to do more, to have more, to BE more…but that usually involves wanting more “for your family and your children than what you had”…not coveting what you have and leaving them to fend for themselves. Ya cant take it with you when you die!!! I know you love your dad, respect…whatever, but he needs to take care of your mom. “in sickness and in health, for better or worse, for richer for poorer to love and to cherish to death do you part. Where is the honor and respect? So sorry hon. Wishing your mom well!
(I am also 51 with 6 kids, 6 grandkids and also disabled by illness)

11 Joyce McDaniel December 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hi Eileen, My dad’s entire family was this way.  My Grandmother literally thought she would take it to her grave.  I forgot to tell you he still gives my mom $80.00 for groceries every week.  He is living back in the old days.  It is sad, but my mom I feel the most for; she is the one that has lived 54 yrs. with him.  I have a wonderful husband and wonderful children.  I sure wish I was not disabled though, I would love to work again.  That is unreal that we both are the same age and are disabled.  I hope 2012 will give you a much better year.  God Bless and thanks for the reply Joyce

12 Sweetmissa December 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I saw the one with the guy who bought the goat heads with the money he found and the young guy who bartered for everything.  I also saw the commercial for the one about the woman who doesn’t buy toilet paper…*that* grossed me out!  

13 Betty Baez December 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

WoW I don’t think I could sit through a show like this it sounds disgusting! I noticed you tweeting about the man doggie bagging other people’s food last night and had no idea what u where talking about lol

14 write4fun December 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm

My dad wasn’t quite as bad as some ot the other posts…but he was a big-time dumpster diver. He would drag home stuff he found in dumpsters on his daily walks, including black bananas. Not a little bit black, but solid black. He would not buy beer, but would drag home beers he found on his walks. He and my mom collected beat-up baby dolls, old shoes…most anything. They tried to sell some items at yard sales, but hoarded mountains of junk. Now that they are deceased, I continue on a daily basis, to de-clutter a large house with lots of storage space. My dream is to live in a small, clean modern home, with NO clutter.

15 jill December 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

omg that is extreme cheapness and unsanitary.   Gross.

16 tannawings December 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I saw you tweeting about that and had to chuckle. Now I love being green but last year there were people tweeting about cloth diapering (which is good) then they started in on the ‘reusable’ paper towels ( thats a dishtowel people) and last but not least ‘reusable’ toilet paper -yep ya guessed it – pieces of cloth you wipe with and launder later.

17 Doodle741 December 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I don’t watch – or at least I have never seen it – but YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!!!  I can’t even BEGIN to imagine reusing “toilet paper” … 

18 simplydab December 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

TLC = jumped the shark. I haven’t watched their network in awhile, see no reason to go back now – this show sounds like more of the same sensational crap they air to try and find the next big ratings hit.  What happened to the LEARNING in TLC?

19 deadchristmastrees December 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

ewww! thats pretty bad.  Roy must be a really great guy for any girl to marry him.  I mean I’m not a golddigger in any way but I think my bday is a little bit more important than dumpster gifts!
The toilet paper thing reminds me of the whole cloth diapers for kids. My mom used to use them on me and maybe its just because i dont have kids but EWWW!

20 nik December 30, 2011 at 1:48 am

And that would be one of the reasons that when I do watch TV, it’s a nice informative public TV program.  :)

21 Abc020876 December 30, 2011 at 8:20 am

That grosses me out!!! What is wrong with some of these people?!?!? mmm dumpster gifts and soiled rags, where do I (NOT) sign up!! lol

22 Mommy2skie December 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

OMG! I didn’t see that show but this post sure did catch my attention! That is disgusting! and I think Im gonna look it up to watch it!

23 Angie Bailey December 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

I’ve never even heard of this show but I agree EWWWW! I know some cheapskates but no one quite as cheap as these people, thank goodness.

24 freeismylife December 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Extreme Cheapskates on TCL is so disturbing. Making your kids share dirty bath water, buying 2 year expired food, reusing toilet paper – YUCK!

25 JeannetteNL1966 December 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I watched it as well and thought to myself-What the heck is TLC thinking? It was nasty! My husband and I don’t go really big on Anniversary/Birthday or even Christmas for each other. We do get each other gifts but we don’t go crazy. That being said, if he ever brought me
someone’s half dead flowers and nasty old kettle I would surely tell him what he could do with his ‘gifts.’ It would be a mighty sad day that I would !!!EVER!!! launder those so-called pieces of reusable toilet paper. EW-EW-EWWWW!

26 Eileen December 31, 2011 at 2:37 am

OH my G, I did and we all had jaws dropping here. The guy who rode 40 miles round trip by bike, to get  7 dollars and some change by scrounging in diner seats, by laundromats and telephone booths. (DO they EVEN have those anymore?)  After using his treasure of change to buy dinner (GOATS HEADS with eyeballs intact that he ATE at the table. Talk about Ewwww! ) he then  took cheap box win and poured into in a bottle for his wife. All I was thinking was he expended ALL that energy riding into town to find change and had to wear THAT much off in food that he’d have to replace with his meals.LOL>   If he was in good enough shape to ride a bike that far, how about asking for a job at that laundromat or diner, or ANYwhere to work an hour and he’d have earned that much. Just didnt make sense. Just sayin’ but not judging. Just shocked. a LOT!
Yeh, and the thing that grossed me out even more than goats eyeball-eating gone-wild, was the guy roaming to find food left on plates. I thought was for his dogs but NO> I mean, I would do this if I was starving or homeless, COurse I would, but they looked to have a decent home and he didnt look like he was starving at all?

I wonder always why they have these shows but then HERE we are cant wait to watch…my favorite reality show was always Fear Factor! LOL>…and hear it’s coming back. I almost did a cartwheel. ALmost.

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27 Shannon S December 31, 2011 at 9:10 am

I was totally amazed while watching this show.  The whole tp thing was scary.  I doubt that they have really saved that much money…come on ever hear of sales and coupons.  I don’t spend that much.  How gross to re use stained fabric..even the 3 year old was grossed out.  It seemed that these people didn’t have jobs and this is what they chose to do in their free time…to each his own I guess. 

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