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21 Very, Um, "Creative" Life Hacks From “Extreme Cheapskates” That I'm Not So Sure Were Worth The Money Saved

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Someone actually found roadkill and then cooked it for dinner.

So if you've never heard of Extreme Cheapskates, it's a show that profiles incredibly frugal people who come up with the most inventive (and sometimes disturbing) ways to save a few dollars. Here are some of the most shocking "hacks" I've seen from this show:

1. This person who used lint from the drying machine in place of cotton swabs to remove nail polish remover or apply makeup:

A woman is doing laundry and then looking at herself in the mirror, showing part of a storyline

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2. This person who reused yogurt cups as drinking cups so he'd never have to buy any:

Person drinking from a small carton with a cabinet door open behind them

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3. This person who applied pickles to bug bites instead of buying ointments:

Woman receiving an injection on her arm; same woman in an interview wearing a floral top

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4. The person who made literal roadkill for dinner:

A family taking roadkill and preparing it for dinner

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5. The person who sun-dried his tissues so he could reuse them:

A man sun drying his used tissues so he can use them again

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6. This person who would put food in the dishwasher so the machine could cook it and wash dishes at the same time:

 Top shows lasagna dish, middle features person cooking in a kitchen, and bottom depicts a dirty baking tray in a dishwasher

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7. This person who routinely took packets of ketchup from restaurants to refill his empty ketchup bottles at home:

A person interacts with staff in a diner; close-up of a hand opening a condiment packet

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8. The person who poured alcohol from the bar spill mat into shot glasses for her friends🤢:

A woman pouring spilt liquor from a bar spill mat into shot glasses and serving them to her friends

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9. This person who wore all her clothes on a flight to avoid checking in luggage:

A woman wearing multiple clothes over each other to avoid checking luggage at the airport

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10. This person who stored his jeans in the freezer to "clean" them instead of using his washing machine:

Man opening a refrigerator full of various food items in a kitchen scene from a TV show

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11. This person who peeled bananas at the grocery store so the produce bag would weigh less at checkout:

Person shopping for bananas in a grocery store

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12. This millionaire (not a joke) who served people cat food instead of tuna because tuna was more expensive:

A woman feeding her ex-husband cat food instead of tuna because it's 30 cent cheaper

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13. The person who collected rainwater to shower in:

A man setting up water bottles in his backyard to catch rain and funneled through a tube into his bathroom

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14. This person who repurposed her hair as floss:

A woman using a strand of her hair to floss

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15. This person who wouldn't buy plates because he could get them for free from other places:

Man holding a plate with a panda face design, standing in a kitchen

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16. This person who peed in a jar instead of a toilet to lower the water bill:

A woman sniffing a bottle of her pee

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17. This person who separated his two-ply toilet paper so he could get two roles for the price of one:

Man examining a towel in a kitchen setting, possibly from a scene in a TV show or movie

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18. This person who did house chores at night to lower the electric bill:

A woman doing chores at night

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19. This person who blew up their air mattress with their mouth to save money on electricity:

A woman blowing up her air mattress with her mouth

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20. The person who didn't believe in buying toilet paper:

A woman using soap to wipe after pooping instead of toilet paper

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21. And lastly, this person who repurposed his hot tub to clean dishes, bathe, and WARM UP FOOD:

A person relaxes in a hot tub; three separate scenes show a hand with a paint roller, the person in the tub, and adjusting the tub settings

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