I love to read about people’s extreme frugality experiments. These are stories of people just like you and me making the impossible an actual reality, and saving a bundle in the meantime. Even if you never dreamed of recycling enough cans to pay for your wedding (could you imagine how many you would have to recycle to pay for the royal wedding?), or use a paperclip to barter your way up to a home, it is worth reading these articles in order to stretch your own frugal limits and comfort levels, and to know that there are simpler ways to live life than to hand over a credit card.
Every so often a person’s crazy frugal experiment makes it to the spotlight and the world gets to read their life experience on one of the larger media outlets before returning to articles on the latest crisis. This is why I’d like to list out 9 frugal experiments that fascinated me over the last several years.
Extreme Frugality Examples
- Groupon’s Challenge: There is one man who is going to live one year of his life on coupons alone away from his family, job, and worldly possessions. If he can do it, he will win a prize of $100,000. Update: This must have been too difficult, as the article no longer exists on MSN and no updates have been provided.
- If only Paul and I had thought to recycle 400,000 cans in order to pay for our wedding like this couple did. And what exactly will 400,000 cans get you? Approximately $3,800 (depending on market fluctuations).
- Mother Feeds Family of 6 on $4 Per Week: This is like one of those families off of TLC’s new show Extreme Couponing.
- Have you ever thought to wear only six items of clothing for one month? This might tame your desire to spend like it did for Tamsin Davies. Let’s all go on a shopping diet!
- Living on $18,000 a year by choice
- How a Can Collector Died a Secret Millionaire
- Man lives in cave and has not spent a dime in 9 years
- This man bartered his way from one red paper clip to a house
- Man who lives in a 96 square foot home (and can build one for you as well, ranging from $36,000 (65 square feet) to $154,000 (774 square feet). Thanks, Helen!