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Subject:  Extreme cheapskates Date:  10/12/2012  5:54 PM
Author:  Hohum777 Number:  868071 of 902379

There are more, but how many of these would you try?

- Refill your condiment bottles at home with free packets from fast-food restaurants.
- Instead of throwing away your coffee grounds, add a pinch of fresh coffee to the old ones and perk another pot.
- Cut open your toothpaste tube after you've squeezed all you can out of it. "You'll get an extra week's worth," Haynes says.
- Kill your cable bill and subscribe to services like Netflix that allow you to watch what you want through your gaming console, Mohammed suggests.
- Keep electrical appliances and gadgets unplugged whenever possible.
- Look for the deep discounts on out-of-season decorations, discontinued gadgets, and about-to-expire food that's still good. You don't have to dumpster dive to get something for almost free.
- Don't be afraid to ask for a discount. "I've called and had the electricity bill lowered," Mohammed says. "I just called and asked."

But the cheapskates agree that their biggest tips are to stop worrying about what other people think, stay open-minded, and believe that every little thing matters.

Though I restarted cable for a bundled package deal, that's probably the most cost saving
idea among the ones listed.
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