Happy Holidays, Scrooge: TLC”s Extreme Cheapskates exposes the tightest money-savers in America
Harmless as they may be, no eccentric social trait is safe from the executives at TLC.
Their latest spotlight is thrown onto the stingiest, tightest, most penny-saving cheapskates in America, showing the lengths that some will go to spend absolutely nothing.
The Extreme Cheapskates special, airing on December 28, is a crash-course in thriftiness.
Cent of a woman: Roy is shown in front of the dumpster in which he found roses for his wife – and never walks past a dropped coin in the street
From those who pull dead flowers – intended as gifts – from dumpsters, to those who who cycle around town in search of dropped coins (we are not exaggerating), money saving comes naturally to these kindred spirits.
Despite their entertainment value, the show”s subjects may possibly hold the key to some good money-saving tips for straightened times in America.
The network”s latest offering meets Roy, Angela, Jeff and Jordon, who all make the Scrooge-like bad tippers among us seem like overly generous souls.
Taking their purse-strings mission with almost religious seriousness are Jeff and his wife from Accokeek, Maryland. Five times a year, they endure a “fiscal fast” that sees them not spend a single cent in a whole week, living instead from their cupboards and some ingenuity.
Fiscal faster: Jeff cooks goats heads that he ha bought using dollars collected from dropped coins. He chooses to endure five fiscal fasts a year, not spending a cent for a full week each time
Jeff is shown cycling around town on the hunt for pennies dropped in the street – saving up each nickel and dime to buy – of all things – goats heads to boil up at home.
Mother of six Angela, from Kansas City, Missouri, makes her own household cleaning products by hand and even reuses disposable cloth toilet wipes.
She forages in her local park to feed her family – but is generous with her time, cooking for friends and neighbours using expired food from her local salvage centre.
Jordon, from Branson, Missouri, enjoys and old-fashioned life of skill swapping, bartering his poetry prowess in return for a haircut, or manual labour for a donut and more. His arsenal of talents helped him to save a staggering $20,000 towards his own wedding and the show sees him attempting to help his newly-engaged friends plan a cost-free engagement party.
Feeling the squeeze: Roy is seen filling up a squeezy ketchup bottle with pocketed sachets of ketchup from a restaurant, choosing to painstaking task instead of spending just a couple of dollars
Sweep spending under he carpet: Katie spots a tempting rug in a dumpster and makes a grab for the freebie
Ever the romantic, Vermont man Roy is fond of dumpster diving, picking up some dead roses from a bin especially for his lucky wife”s birthday. His stinginess goes towards his charity job of running an animal shelter – putting many more solvent characters to shame, no doubt.
But that”s still no excuse for his excruciatingly parsimonious habit of collecting ketchup packets from meals out especially so that he can refill his home ketchup bottle for free.
Photos from the forthcoming series showthat the cheapskates do not live luxury-free lives – one kitchen has abread machine and an expensive-looking food mixer, possibly bought withthe thousands saved by the thrifty households.
As bad as they may be at reaching into their pockets, the show highlights that generosity does not always come in the form of dollar bills.
Extreme Cheapskates airs on TLC at 9pm on December 28.