When it comes to saving money, personal finance bloggers are the experts. After all, they’re the ones who really understand how important every single dime, penny and nickel can be when it comes to building savings. Some of these experts take saving money so seriously that they’re willing to go to extreme lengths not to waste any of their hard-earned cash. Our team asked personal finance bloggers and experts to share the strangest thing they’ve ever done to save money — and the results were enlightening.
I Scrounged in the Lost and Found for a Free Swimsuit
“I don’t consider it weird, but others I’ve told about this incident find it cringe-worthy,” Jeff Yeager, the Ultimate Cheapskate, said. “I checked into a hotel once, only to realize that they had a swimming pool, and I didn’t bring a bathing suit. The clerk at the desk suggested that I buy one at the mall next door. Grimacing, I asked if instead they perhaps had a suit in my size in their lost and found. She proudly produced a nice-looking swimsuit in just my size and said that I could keep it when I was through since it had been in their lost and found for more than 30 days. It’s still my favorite suit.”
The Lesson: “It never hurts to ask,” said Yeager.
I Saved Coffee Cups to Get Free Refills
“At one point in time, I used to save paper coffee cups and use them to get free refills on a different day,” said Deacon Hayes of Well Kept Wallet. “Then, places started charging for refills, so it really didn’t make sense to do this anymore. Plus it was kind of weird to take a paper coffee cup home, rinse it out and wait to take it the next time I was at that coffee shop.”
The Lesson: “I learned that the best bet is to brew my coffee at home or, if I schedule a meeting, make sure to do it where they offer free refills,” he said
I Asked Skiers If I Could Buy Their Ski Lift Passes
“The weirdest thing I ever did to save money was to stand at the bottom of a ski slope and ask people who have finished skiing for the day to sell me their ski lift passes,” said Maria Nedeva of The Money Principle.
The Lesson: “This sounds like another middle-class woman playing at money saving, but it was a powerful and empowering experience that took me far beyond my comfort zone,” she said. “And, I was already using most usual [ski trip] saving hacks and then some, anyway. To buy three ski lift passes, I had to ask about 20 people.”