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TLC's Extreme Cheapskate

December 29th, 2011 at 03:56 pm

I viewed half of the new TLC program, Extreme Cheapskate last night. I caught the part where the guy has no spend weeks throughout the year and he and his wife eat what they have. On the last day he scrounged up change to go buy some meat. The man had over $7 in change after riding his bike here and there to pick up pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. His idea of a good meal? Two goat heads.

Now, I think I like to save money, but I am not brave enough to try boiling and then roasting a goat's head. He said the eye was a delicacy. Ick. Actually double ick on my part. His wife said she would let him enjoy his "meat" and ate whatever else they had.

The next part was a kid who bartered for things. We just saw on the news where a town in Maine is doing a lot of bartering because so few have money. But this guy on the TLC program was almost, in my opinion, greedy.

I imagine some of the stuff on these programs is for the glitz of television, but geeze, to me a no spend day doesn't mean rounding up change and then going to buy something. Perhaps I'm too literal.

As my husband would say, this guy gives cheap a bad name.

4 Responses to “TLC's Extreme Cheapskate”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    It would be fun to watch that show.
    Too bad i don't have cable. I'll check to see if it's on Hulu.

  2. CCraw Says:

    I was married to a hispanic man and his mother would boil goats head and the family members would all want the eye...I was like you...yuck yuck yuck! I've heard though that it's good eating...guess I'll never know!

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    It has to be sensational or it wouldn't make the cut for TV. Real frugal people are too boring!

  4. Melanie Says:

    I felt the same way about the men who bartered for things. A stupid Poem for a doughnut, Sing a song for a cake and reception space. I really felt that was greedy and if he weren't on tv at the time, I doubt the bakery would do it. She got free publicity for it just being on tv. He actually ticked me off.

    I am also with you on the no spending week. If the point is not to spend money for an entire week, and he went digging for change to buy food, that is still spending, even if you are using loose change.

    I did love the guy who got his wife's anniversary gifts out of the dumpster and picked the rice off the ground on his wedding day to cook for dinner. Not my thing, but highly entertaining.

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