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Cheap Or Thrifty: Children Share Their Parents’ Attempts At Saving

TristaSeptember 23, 2021

14. Upcycling Pizza Crusts

Children can be picky eaters. They don’t want to try new foods that they’re not familiar with. So that means sometimes you have food left over that your kids don’t want to eat. That’s when you turn the tables on them. Instead of throwing away pizza crusts, this mother decided she would reuse them in other dishes, such as croutons, breadcrumbs in meatloaf, and cinnamon sugar sticks for dessert.


13. Taking From The Table

According to one person, their father is why their local restaurant doesn’t leave out spices and condiments on the tables anymore. He would go in and take all of their packets of Parmesan and chili flakes to use at home. Of course, he would ask first if they’re free, but that shouldn’t give him a reason to take all of them. It would be fine if he stopped there. However, he would also go so far as to take whole cheese graters and salt & pepper shakers as well, so that didn’t earn him any friends in the restaurant.


12. Paying To Pee

Here isn’t a story most people can relate to since it involves London’s subway station practices. We’re not even sure if this is still going on today, but for the public toilets in the subway station, you have to pay a few pennies to use them. This mother figured out a way to get around this, using the size of her own daughter to skirt the rules. She was small enough to squeeze through the barriers, and then she would unlock the gate on the other side.


11. DIY Lemonade

Water is the cheapest drink you can get at a restaurant. But kids want sugary drinks to get them through a meal. This family found the best way to handle that without having to pay for a thing. They would ask for pitchers of water, one after another, and remove all of the lemon wedges until they had enough to squeeze into their water. Then they would add some sugar they’d brought from home, and they had lemonade everyone could sip on.


10. Free Salad

Have you ever wondered how you could get an entire meal for free? This family figured out the perfect way to complete that task without anyone noticing. They would head out to a fast food restaurant and order burgers with every topping on them, including lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and cheese. Whatever you could think up. Then they would put all these toppings in a separate bag and then complain to the restaurant that they never got anything they ordered and then make a salad when they got home.


9. Down To The Bone

There’s nothing more annoying for cheap moms and dads than kids letting food go to waste. You don’t want to end up throwing away the money you spent. But this father kind of took things a little too far when it comes to chicken. After consumption, this person’s father would gather up everyone’s meal and continue stripping every ounce of meat leftover with his teeth to ensure none of it went to waste.


8. Wear And Return

When you go on vacation, you want to look your best, especially for photos. However, it can be expensive to spend that much money on new clothes for the entire family. This mother decided to “splurge” on some new outfits to save money but told everyone to keep the tags on. That way, they could look nice for their vacation. Then this family returned the clothes to the store with the receipt so they could get a full refund.


7. Choosing Plastic Over Foil

People use both clingwrap and foil to keep food fresh. Clingwrap is usually suitable for foods with weird shapes, while the foil keeps food warmer for longer. But this dad was such a penny pincher. He hated wasting foil to the point that he threw a fit when he saw someone wrapping a piece of cake in foil. He wanted plastic instead.


6. Kids Get Ride For Free

Children below a certain age are allowed to ride for free, or their fare is at least a bit cheaper. This mother decided to use that to convince the bus driver that she had two young children. She told them that her 19-year old was actually 12 and that her 12-year old was 6. Her story didn’t work at all.


5. Restaurant Ketchup

With the way fast food places are giving up ketchup, is there really a reason to buy a bottle of it at the store? It’s a way to save money, but some families take these packets and use them to refill the ketchup bottle they have at home. This family ends up saving all of their extra ketchup packets and keeping them in a box in the kitchen.


4. Pirating For Pleasure

Some people go the extra mile when they try to save money, but rarely does it involve breaking the law. This father had no problem with it, however. He would rent movies from the store and then have a second VCR to record them to have his own copy of the film at home to watch whenever he wanted.


3. Lying About Your Kids

Here is another case of lying about your children’s ages. There are plenty of restaurants that let children eat for free if they’re under a certain age. It seems like a good deal, but it invites people like this family to get their kids to act younger than they really are, just to get a free meal. It makes you wonder how often they got away with it.


2. A Free Ride Without The Quarter

You’ve seen those mechanical horses outside of stores. It costs 25 cents for a 30-second ride. But this dad didn’t want to waste the money, so he would end up just standing behind the horse and rocking it back and forth himself for as long as his kid wanted. More money is in his pocket, and his kid was happy.


1. Reusing Every Single Brick

Some people take the penny pinching to extremes. This person’s father had their garage demolished, and instead of carting it all away, he made his kids clean every single cement-covered brick with a pickax so that he could use them in the future. It took them almost a year to get it done, and the father only saved about $500. Talk about a cheapskate.