The glass milk bottle
There was this cute mom and pop grocery store near my first place, and not only did they have some great prices, they also sold a lot of organic products too. Since the area I lived in was pretty much hippy-central, I wanted to fit in and buy as many organic goods as I could afford. One of those things was organic milk. It cost $2 for a 1 litre glass bottle of organic milk, but the best part was if you cleaned and returned the bottle, you would get a dollar back. I did this back and forth for well over a year. In retrospect, I probably only saved $26 and wasted more hours than I’d like to mention cleaning and returning those milk bottles. At least I was being green right?
The black flats
I had a pair of black flats that I got for $20 at Payless Shoes. They weren’t anything special except for the fact that I had broken them in so good that they fit my feet like perfect little clouds. I would wear these shoes walking around town, when I went out dancing, and even to work they were just so darn comfortable. They definitely started to show signs of wear after about 6 months or so, but I just kept fixing any rips or marks with a black Sharpie. Those shoes lasted me a good 2 years before they really started to disintegrate. Now that’s how you make $20 stretch to the max!
The taxi dilemma
My HB can attest to this, up until about a year ago I refused to take a taxi home after a long night out. Unfortunately, public transit pretty much shuts down after midnight in Vancouver, so instead of getting a cab home, I would walk. To be fair, Vancouver is a totally walkable city. But when it’s 2am and my HB just wants to be in bed, making him walk 30 minutes with me home just to save ourselves $20 seems kind of ridiculous now that I think about it. And to top it all off, and this is by far the most cheapskate thing I’ve probably done, after our wedding night, I made my HB take public transit with me back to our apartment. We’d just spent over $16,000 on our wedding, I guess I just couldn’t bear to spend another $15 on a cab home. Welcome to married life with Jessica indeed.
What are the most ridiculously cheapskate things you’ve ever done?