There’s being frugal, and then there are these people, who have let their penny-pinching get a bit out of hand. In a thread started by u/curcigm, more than 17k people shared their funniest stories of “levels of cheapness” that astonished them. The OP started it off with their own eyebrow-raising story — their GF’s mom revealed that her birthday dinner was going to be year-old leftovers from a rehearsal dinner. It’s one thing to eat very old food, but it’s a whole other thing to brag about it and tell your guests just what they’re snacking on.
For people who grew up during or just after Depression times, saving every penny was very important. But it can lead to some quirky habits that can quickly spiral out of control. I’ve had my own experiences eating very out of date lunchmeat and cheese (as a kid I didn’t notice or care…but I do now!). Some people really do go by the edict of, “If it’s not moldy, it’s okay to eat,” which is safer for some foods than others.
Check out these people’s most eye-opening stories of frugality that pushed the limit. Up next, this person revealed the one thing you should never say while talking to customer service representatives.