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Crazy Ways to Save a Buck

In an up-and-down economy, some people fail to make adjustments to their lifestyle and end up regretting it later. Meanwhile, others will go to extreme lengths to cut back on expenses to quickly save money.

We asked Dave’s Facebook fans, “What is the craziest length you’ve ever gone to in order to save a buck?” Their answers were creative and funny.

Casey saves a little money by negotiating. “I always ask for 10% off,” he said. “I get it most of the time. That's a 10% increase in my pay!” Well done, Casey!

When it comes to creativity, Dawn might take the cake. When she needed surgery to correct some physical issues after losing weight, she got on the phone and called Dr. Phil!

“I lost 150 pounds and needed a lower body lift... but that was gonna cost me $17,500,” she said. “I don't have that kind of money, and I sure as heck didn't want to finance it. So I contacted the Dr. Phil show. "Thanks to him and my amazing doctor in Dallas, Texas, I got my surgeries free! That's what I call saving a buck!”

Instead of losing weight, Phillip took a gaining-weight approach to saving money. “I entered a Whopper-eating contest that was free. So I was able to eat the Whoppers for free, and I did not have to spend money on food that day. I ended up winning by eating four 1/2 Whoppers in eight minutes and received a $50 gift card for the food court. So I ended up saving food money for that day and an additional $50!” Let’s hope Phillip ran a few miles the next day to work off those calories.

Corinne’s friend takes saving a buck to a whole new level—and a level we would probably not recommend: “I have a friend who always sends her kids to the bathroom at Wal-Mart and other stores to save on toilet paper and water bills.” Poor kids. The question is—how much is she spending on gas to drive to Wal-Mart every time the kid has to do his business?

A few other helpful suggestions:

  • Katy: “I cut open the toothpaste to get the last of it out. My husband thought I had lost my mind.”
  • Theresa: “Buy my one-year-old daughter’s clothing six months to a year in advance when the stores have their end-of-season sales. I usually save between 50 to 90%!
  • Kent: “No cable TV for two years and counting! We don't even own a TV now, and just watch Netflix on our computer for $8/month. All our friends think we're crazy.”

As you can tell, some people will go to some pretty crazy lengths to save a buck. But can you top any of these stories?

What’s the wildest thing you’ve done to save money? Tell us in the comments.

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Ramsey Solutions has been committed to helping people regain control of their money, build wealth, grow their leadership skills, and enhance their lives through personal development since 1992. Millions of people have used our financial advice through 22 books (including 12 national bestsellers) published by Ramsey Press, as well as two syndicated radio shows and 10 podcasts, which have over 17 million weekly listeners.