Is Being An Extreme Cheapskate Resourceful Or Abusive?

If you have ever watched an episode of extreme cheapskates on TLC then you have seen just how far people will push to save a dime. When you see some of the techniques they will use, you at first think, wow that is a good way to make a dollar go far. However, it does not take long to see that some of their actions are highly questionable.

One example was a family on the show that saved money on the water bill by having one bath of fresh water then rotate instead of changing the water. My first thought was what in the world. Any natural reaction would know that reusing dirty water to save water is disguising especially knowing the children are forced to live this lifestyle. Then I began to wonder if what they were doing qualified as child abuse.  If children are in extreme unsanitary condition they can get taken away. None of these children even get to sleep in separate rooms as they later mention that they all share one room to save on heat. Their is nothing wrong with living on a budget, but at what point are these habits a form of abuse. The more you watch the show you begin to notice that there are three different type of cheapskates on the show.

One form of cheapskate is the “just on the edge of stealing” cheapskate. This is were the person does something to save money that is within the limits of legal but to anyone with common sense it is cheating someone else of their money. One example was the man who went to an ice cream parlor and took 4-6 cups of samples then did not buy anything. This is not a way of being cheap this is just another form of stealing that just is not worth the other person time to sue over. This man not only took up this man’s time to serve other but stole ice cream with no sign of remorse. These people have a business to run and if everyone did what he does these people would go out of business leaving them in debt and without jobs.  The actions of these types of cheapskates is not ok and should be shamed because this is not living on a budget this is taking want you want because you feel you have the right to it.

Another form of cheapskate is the “addict” the more common one. The actions of a addict cheapskate can be a mix of all three forms. One lady on the show proclaim that she was a 3rd generation extreme cheapskate, this has been the only way she knows how to live. She does not see a need to pay for anything that see owns. She was willing to go as far as taking medication from out of a dumpsters while pregnant. No matter how much research you do on the meds, there is no guarantee way to determine whether those pills are what you expected them to be or they may be expired since they were put in the trash. She can not stop herself from this type of lifestyle because she has never lived any different and the people that are around her do not expect her to change but rather adjust to her way of life. This woman did have a partner who did not grow up in this lifestyle but eventually became addicted as she was even to the point where he quotes her feelings about dumpster diving.

Lastly the resourceful, now this is the ones I enjoy to watch the most. The way the go about their cheap habits will actually make sense to many. There was a mother that showed how she made her own baby wipes and used old t-shirts for diapers.  This is a smart and probably safe way to take care of your child with issues popping up everyday when is comes to baby products. There are so many creative ways you could save money and enjoy life.

In a world where the amount we waste is destroying the eco-system, making your home daily house products will help teach you handy skill sets and be better for the world. Yet, one thing you would assume all of the people on this show would be doing but don’t is garden. Even though some of these people are cheap as dirty many will not grow there own food which is extreme odd knowing that they will do anything they can to cheat out a business in whatever they can get. Overall, many on this show are not about saving a dime but that they feel like they should have the right to get what they want at what price they think it deserves which is selfish and unreasonable behavior.

What Is Your Health Worth?

One of the most resourceful and budget friendly projects you can add to your home is a garden. Food has always been a valuable item especially vegetables which tend to be more expensive because they become rotten much faster than other process food. Growing vegetables really only takes 4 items dirt, seeds, sun, and water. So what caused growing gardens to go out of style?

America started off as a farm land. Farming was such an essential job that parents would not allow their children to go to school during the summer months to make sure everything got done. The government adjusted to this and this is the current reason why children do not go during the summer months. America kept to the tradition of letting children out during the summer, yet these children no longer need to work the fields so their family can survive. The fact that children do not need to labor away their days so they can support themselves is a beautiful thing but gardening for fun is very rewarding. The art of gardening in more urban areas has started to become a new education movement as children are learning more about healthy living. One project that has educated urban areas about farming is Cleveland’s Urban Agriculture Project.

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One of the biggest issues with SNAP is its lack of direction for healthy food options. One goal of the project is to use SNAP for more healthy and local fresh produce. The idea came from the success in Detroit and in slow mixing into other neighborhood programs. What many people don’t realize is that poverty can lead to obesity. Many have doubts and wonder, how could you be poor and overweight? Well the problem is not how much you are taking in, it is how you are receiving those calories. If you ate 100 calories from an avocado is it the same if you ate 100 calories in chips? Of course not there is a difference between the way you receive your calorie count for the day. Your body needs certain nurturance that it could not receive from the chips so your body wants more until it is full. This is why many who are living pay check to pay check have serious health problems because society has fallen into the idea that if you have the right amount of calories how you got them shouldn’t matter.

Most people do accept the fact that junk food is not good for your body, but when a bag of grapes is $1.25 a pound and ramen noodles is $.33 cents a pack at that moment the noodles will seem like the right choice when living on a tight budget. This is why planting is so important for our society right now. If this person knew they had some fresh vegetables at home to cook with then what extra cash they do receive with SNAP for food could be used for healthier option because they know that at least they can feed their family.

What is your health worth to you?

Health care is not and probably never will be affordable for anyone on a tight budget.  The prices hospitals can charge for the smallest of health concerns scares the life out of people. Some people lose their life savings because of a few hospital bills. This just shows how important eating healthy is for many families. However, it is hard to consider all of this when you know you only have $100 to feed your family of 5 this month. So if you want to support your family but you’re not sure what else you can do, start a garden. This is the time to be creative use old soda liters bottles and another items you have at home.

If you are ready to add healthier items into your life then start today. The food in your body can decided if your going to live a health long life or struggle month to month just to afford your medication for high blood pressure. Cleveland would be the next great spot for this program to flourish because we have a lot of land that could be used for farming while having several urban areas that are not familiar to the idea of growing their own food. Our society needs to learn how to be more independent from mega sized brand name stores so that we can spend more time doing the thing that truly matter to us instead of constantly battling to afford our lifestyles.

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