There’s thrifty, or frugal, which is fine. Nothing wrong with saving money or getting something for a reduced price or even free. But then there are situations which cross the line into cheapskate territory. (I want to make it clear that I’m not making fun of people who can’t afford (whatever) or people who are struggling and going thru tough times, so let’s not go there.)
I saw a TV show last year called “Extreme Cheapskates”. I don’t know anyone that extreme, but I have a story:
Soy sauce: I was at a gathering recently and a friend had the rest of us laughing and shaking our heads about her brother. He’s a single guy, has a good job, car, dresses nice, and lives in a nice apartment. She stopped over to visit him, and he asked if she would like some leftover take out from a Chinese restaurant. After she took a bite, she asked if he had any soy sauce. He handed her a bottle and she noticed the label had been removed (scraped and washed off). She asked him “What kind of soy sauce is this?” He reached into the bottom compartment of his refrigerator and pulled out a plastic grocery bag full of packets of soy sauce and various other condiments. He told her he never bought condiments (including salt, pepper, and sugar). Instead, he always took handfuls from fast food and other take out places, then took time to squeeze the contents into bottles or other containers.
If I have leftover packets of ketchup or soy sauce I toss them into the frig, then if I forget to use them within a few weeks I throw it out. I can’t imagine saving s bunch then ‘squeezing’ them into a bottle.