I call cheapskate on myself. Well, more frugal, but I occasionally veer into cheapskate territory before, you know, stopping myself.
I was going on a road trip with then BF. We both wanted to save money, so I suggested packing picnic lunches instead of stopping for fast food. I had him take some mustard packets from his work so we wouldnít have to deal with a bottle of mustard (or making sure it stayed cool enough). The ketchup and mayo packets were all from my stash of take-out leftovers (b/c I might have a problem hoarding condiments). Some might consider it theft, but he does now pack what was left in his lunch just to save time going down to the cafeteria. Itís not like heís hoarding them at home. Or emptying them into a regular-size bottle.
I also briefly considered saving aluminum cans for scrapping. Except I have an apartment, so I needed somewhere to store the cans, and if it was going to be on my balcony, the container needed to be squirrel-proof and look nice so as not to tick off the neighbors. A friend asked how many cans it would take me to recoup the cost of the $50 garbage can. I scrapped the scrapping idea.
At least I know I come by all this naturally. Iím finally breaking my father of his packrat tendencies (ďDad, those 10 riding lawnmower frames have been there for 20 years. How about you keep three and scrap the rest?Ē), but he does still dumpster dive on occasion. I especially like it when heís out on his mechanic job, and the people will ask him to throw away a perfectly nice -- if outdated -- piece of office furniture. The wooden pieces frequently take a detour to his truck. But he has found new homes for most of them, so it's not like they are cluttering up my parents' garage.
And my mother (who also washes out her plastic baggies which I then steal to use for non-food purposes b/c I find it kinda icky and want to take them out of food storage rotation) seems to think everything has a price. Iím cleaning out Dadís collection of Jim Beam decanters and Mom seems to think he should be able to get $20-$30/bottle. Most are listed on Etsy and eBay for $15-$20. The most Iíve ever sold one for was $12. I keep saying, ďItís only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.Ē