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    Thumbs up 8 extreme frugal living ideas you probably havenít considered

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    Key word here is "extreme". I don't have a problem with so-called 'expired' food, but moldy bread and cheese go in the trash.

    If you use a gym, shower at the gym. Use their water, you're paying for it with your membership.

    We are totally on board with #7.
    Stop trying to organize all of your familyís crap. If organization worked for you, youíd have rocked it by now. Itís time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    I'm calling BS on that article.

    Living in an RV isn't particularly cheap. The cost of the RV isn't cheap. Gas for RVs is very expensive. Then there's insurance and maintenance and depreciation. Renting space to park the RV is costly.

    You're not going to make an ongoing income having garage sales. Eventually you run out of stuff to sell, and generally you're selling at a loss, although getting a small return is sometimes better than throwing things away or donating. Ongoing garage sales are considered businesses in many places, and there are all kinds of ways to get into trouble running a business out of your home, depending on local, state, and federal laws.

    Most places have strict health regulations for home baking businesses.

    Raising farm animals can be expensive, and ties you down.

    Not flushing the toilet is idiotic. It can also result in plugged toilets resulting in the fun of either having to deal with a disgusting mess yourself or hire an expensive plumber. Not to mention your house reeks like a poorly maintained outhouse, which is basically what your bathroom becomes. And apparently the author has no experience with Porta Potties, or she would know they don't smell and are far less disgusting to deal with than cleaning a litter box.

    I also question how people who "travel all over the world" can spend only $3k/month on expenses. Some info is missing there. We travel by tiny ultralight RV, stay at public campgrounds, make most of our own food, don't buy much for souvenirs or visit expensive attractions, and usually spend $1,000-$1,500 for a 2 week trip. If we had a larger, taller, heavier RV, it would be much more expensive.

    I realize not all things work for all people, and that the things in the article might work for some people, but I don't think the author is speaking from experience.

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    I wondered about the RV thing. I think it's only "cheap" if 1. you already own the RV, and 2. all the associated costs like you mentioned are less than what you'd spend on rent, utilities, and other home expenses.

    I did meet a retired guy who "lived" on a cruise ship part of the year. For ~$2000 you can spend a month at sea on a cheap cruise line, with all meals and entertainment included.
    Stop trying to organize all of your familyís crap. If organization worked for you, youíd have rocked it by now. Itís time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    You never come out ahead owning an RV. Well, rarely. If you're going to be living in one, you'll most likely need amenities weekend campers don't, and everything in an RV is $$$. It's easy to spend a ton of money buying an RV of any kind, but they depreciate just like cars do so you lose when you sell. Gas for most that don't fold down will be under 10 mpg and can be lots less. Diesel will do a little better than gas. Gas is always our biggest expense, even getting 12-15 mpg with our little rig. A tall rig fighting a head wind can get really bad mileage, like 5 mpg (BTDT). Even at current relatively low prices, that adds up fast. We live in a big country, so if they're traveling all over all the time, they could easily spend $3k/month just for gas. And of course, it's a ridiculous statement to say they're traveling all over the world with thier RV. Some people do, of course, but they're not shipping thier RV around the world if they're living on $36k/yr. And if they're not shipping the RV, then they're paying for hotels and meals, etc, plus airfare, so where is that money coming from?

    If you're not retirement age, in our experience campsites are around $25/night at public parks, or $750/month. Private parks can be much higher. Parks on the east coast, from what we've seen in our research and heard from those who live in the coasts, are also a lot higher. Canada is way higher, too, for everything, so travel there is expensive.

    Stuff like that gives me fits as an editor, because if the obvious facts are wrong, that calls the less obvious points in the article into question, too, and destroys the credibility of the writer.

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    It might be fun to spend a month on a cruise ship.

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    I'm so frugal I don't belong to a gym. Like when you hear about frugal uses for dryer lint, I'm like, What? No!, I don't waste money on a dryer!!

    I flush EVERY time and I still have to clean the toilet. I don't want to know what it would be like if I only flushed once a day. And I am ONE person.
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    I frugally made fire starters from dryer lint, paper egg cartons, and old candles I got from rummage sale free boxes. 🙂🙂🙂

    No gym for us, either. We did buy a treadmill, which I suppose is unfrugal. Then again, gym membership is way expensive here, plus the gas to get to the gym. It's funny people don't talk about navy showers when discussing how to save water and fuel/power.

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    I've been reading about mold lately because I have some white flaky stuff under the lids on my home canned sauerkraut and I'm trying to figure out if it's safe to eat it. According to what I'm finding, mold can be invisibly around visible mold in foods. The advice I've read on various sites is to cut off at least one inch away from any visible mold and make sure the knife does not touch any mold and transfer it to the good parts of the cheese or whatever. I throw out moldy bread too, don't even feed it to the deer. None of this has helped me with the sauerkraut problem, but it's been interesting.

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    When someone talks about extreme frugalness, I feel like half the time they are mocking people who are frugal. Or building up kind of "straw man" argument. A straw man argument is when you use extreme examples to represent a side. This makes it easier to argue against.

    In this case they seem to be suggesting that it would be better to improve your financial situation by earning more rather than being frugal. The frugal suggestions are all presented in such a mocking, negative light. Meanwhile the earning money suggestions seem to be represented in a more positive light.
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    I do not agree with anything in that article.....eating moldy bread??? Ummmmmm NO.....I do cut the mold off the cheese but that is about it......and I insist on flushing the toilet EVERY time.....wonder if they wash their hands after going???? After all, from that article wouldn't that be wasting water???
    Nope....not doing any of that.....

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    $2,000 for a month on a cruise ship? This might have to be a plan for when we get older. It sure beats the cost of an assistant living center and I know the food would be better! Ha,ha,ha!!
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    That $2000 a month for cruise ship seems low. I feel like it might be $2000 a month per person shared occupancy.

    So $4000 a month per couple, including food. It might be doable depending on your retirement income and what other expenses you have.

    Assisted living centers do much more than cook and clean don't they. Is that the same as a nursing home or something different? At the place my mom is at, they do lots of other stuff like helping her walk to the dining area and checking her blood pressure every day.

    If you all you need help with is food and cleaning, you do not really need to go to an assisted living center. Having someone come and clean and get groceries delivered. You can stock up on pre-made food and heat and eat stuff. It costs more than cleaning and making food yourself, but you would still save money over an assisted living place. And you could eat food of your choice too.

    I think eating out every day would probably be cheaper than an assisted living center, as long as you were not going to high end places all the time.
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    Any travel site will show you cruises starting at $549 for a 9-11 day tour, that is double occupancy. 3 back-to-back cruises at that rate would be ~1700 plus taxes and fees. Cruises are usually all inclusive, including all meals, non alcoholic drinks, etc. and some offers include shipboard credit you can spend at the bar, casino, hair salon, etc. So yeah, as long as you did not need medical care daily it could be a good plan. I know east and west coast living is expensive, that could be cheaper than paying for an apartment or condo.
    Stop trying to organize all of your familyís crap. If organization worked for you, youíd have rocked it by now. Itís time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

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    I guess my most extreme thing was gathering pumpkins people have tossed into the woods (whole ones, not carved up) and storing in the garage, then cooking and using as time permitted. A few of them did go bad and had to be tossed (behind my house this time.) People use them for "decor" around here. Ummm, no they're food IMO.
    A friend in the dog club has foraged greens (weeds) for salads. I think that's too much work.
    As a teenager I tried gathering and boiling acorns - again, too much work and the result was not even edible.
    Hickory nuts and persimmons also grow wild around here - also too much work.

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    My comment about the cruise ship was a joke!
    This will not be part of our retirement planning, I would go crazy being stuck on a ship with that many people. There's a reason we live in the country with few neighbors.
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