I have watched both Extreme Couponing and the new show Extreme Cheapskate on TLC. Have you seen these shows? You may have asked yourself “What’s the difference between a frugal Extreme Couponer and an Extreme Cheapskate?” Here are a few ways you can tell where you may fall into either of these categories.
Are you Frugal or a Cheapskate?
If you get your paper towels at the store for less than $0.75 a roll or FREE, you might be a frugal extreme couponer.
If you take a paper towel and hang it on a clothes line to dry to use again, you might be an extreme cheapskate.
If you go to the movies and pay half price and have a coupon for FREE popcorn and a drink, you might be a frugal extreme couponer.
If you will take your spouse to the movies and get popcorn and a drink out of the trash and get FREE refills at the counter, you might be an extreme cheapskate.
Hosting a Party
If you can host a fabulous party with wonderful a feast to feed everyone and pay half as much or less, you might be a frugal extreme couponer.
If you put toothpicks in beans and call it an appetizer, you might be an extreme cheapskate.
I can see both of these shows are for pure entertainment purposes. Some of these things portrayed are just too outrageous to believe. While some things may be real, I think most are a bit over exaggerated and are just for TV to get people to watch. I have talked to several people who have actually been on Extreme Couponing. TLC tries to get people to say and do things they typically would not do just for ratings. Trying to show how extreme people can be when staged. So keep in mind these show are to entertain you and do not necessarily reflect how people truly behave when they are not taped.
I am a frugal Dallas mom blogger and I love being frugal and resourceful, but not to the extreme as these shows portray. If you want to save money, you can print coupons and view my deals pages.
Now you know the differences between being frugal and being a cheapskate. Where do you think you fall in these categories?