Extreme Cheapskates is a show on TLC about how the cheapest people save money.
He may look like Super Mario but Jeff Yeager was at one point one of America's most famous cheapskates.
In his episode, he can be seen haggling for a discount on coconut oil to use on his homemade deodorant and grabbing free expired goods and samples.
He also tries to use baking soda and vinegar as cleaning agents.
Jeff makes sure nothing goes to waste. He uses the boiling water he cooked his pasta with to kill weeds. He also used his trash to create gifts for the Wilson family.
The food Jeff tries to eat is an acquired taste. He tries to eat on the cheap by buying things like goat heads, hearts and livers. His wife Denise shudders at the thought of eating these.
He even tries to get his neighbor to split the Internet bill with him. Though she is fearful of privacy breaches and disagrees.
Jeff visits the Wilson family and tries to share his tips with them. In return for providing him lodging, he prepares some salmon for them. However, these are not salmon fillets but rather salmon carcasses.
The adults are okay with it but the kids are grossed out.
Jeff has a YouTube channel called "The Cheap Life" which has 103 videos but he has not posted anything since 2015.
He has also been heavily promoted by the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons).
Yeager has also been interviewed by PBS Houston and by CBN News.
He has written four books - The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less, Don't Throw That Away!: 1,001 Ways to Reuse Your Stuff and
How to Retire the Cheapskate Way: The Ultimate Cheapskate's Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement.
The books are still being sold in Amazon to this day.
Jeff left the country in 2016 as he is not a fan of Donald Trump. Not much has been heard of him since then.
Richard Heyboer and Kelley Watson
Richard Heyboer and Kelley Watson are a tag team of cheapness and they try to save where they can.
Kelley decides to move her Pilates studio to her home to save money and Richard helps her remodel on the cheap. They use paint and makeshift material to patch the hole in the roof.
She also shops around for cheap equipment substitutes. She gets discarded bicycle wheels, discarded bicycle tubes, cheap mats and milk jugs.
If Kelley charged cheap then it would be okay but if she charges what normal studios cost or close to it, she is ripping off her customers.
Torski Dobson Arnold
Torski Dobson Arnold is a cheapskate who does not care for convenience or the environment.
Torski uses a CRT television that barely functions. What use is a t.v. when you cannot watch it properly?
She also tries to save on power by doing things after midnight as energy rates are lower. She bakes food, does the laundry, vacuums the house and trims the shrubs during this time. Unfortunately this creates noise when people are sleeping.
She also burns trash and this affects her family and neighbors
There is nothing wrong with trying to save money but Torski takes it too far. She inconveniences other people as well as her family to save money. .
Her son's birthday is coming up and Torski tries to save money again. She asks the bakeshop to fuse together smashed up cake slices with frosting and solicits free balloons from a local business. She also gets a retirement home as a venue.
The party ends up weird but she saved money.
Todd Moriarty was married to Stephanie Hubbs but their marriage fell apart due to Todd's cheapskate ways.
For instance, one Christmas, Todd bought Stephanie Doritos and chocolate chips. While it is good that he did remember to give something to his wife, those are not the type of presents that are expected from a husband. Why not a cellphone, clothes or jewelry? Christmas comes but once a year.It is not the time to scrimp and save.
During the time the two were getting to know each other online, Todd was not paying for the dating service. He let Stephanie pay for it.
Todd takes things to the extreme as he tries to make money by picking up discarded soda bottles and cans as well as dumpster dive for them.
He also tries to buy the cheapest meat possible even though they are already off or are near expiry. All he can see are the savings and not any health implications.
Todd tries to keep the value of his home by wrapping most of it in plastic and the same goes for his car.
He also cooks his soup and washes his clothes on his hot tub.
He forgoes convenience to save a dime.
Justin Woodhouse's case is a strange one. He contributes nothing to the household yet his mom Linda and brother Tremaine are enabling his weird behavior.
Justin is trying to find a good job and while his finances are not that great, he piggybacks on his brother's gym membership. He uses it to score free hand sanitizer, free use of towels and free showers. The showers also provide Justin the opportunity to wash his clothes.
He came up with an idea to use poker chips to ration out household supplies like toilet paper, cotton buds and soap. Why his family puts up with this is beyond me.
For his job interview, Justin borrows his brothers coat and uses safety pins to have it fit him.
Hopefully Justin gets a good job and moves out and saves his family from his cheapskate ways.
© 2020 Jan Michael Ong