The following suggestions have all been made by blogs, websites, or forums in the past couple of months. Doing dishonest things in the name of saving money just gives a bad rep to the rest of honest frugalites out there. Please do not follow these awful tips.
Buy Water, Take Soda. If you buy water, take water. If you want soda, pay for it!
Buy a $2 Espresso and use the free milk in the condiments section to turn it into a $5 latte (Starbucks). Seriously, please tell me this tip was a joke. One responder even said that it isn’t a big deal because you are only “screwing Starbucks”. That simply isn’t true! You are hurting the small business owner who purchased that store and the employees when they no longer have a job.
Get all your ketchup, mustard, sugar, salt, etc from the condiment section of a restaurant. This is similar to the tip above. Those items are for your use while you are at the restaurant. Filling your pockets with them for the future is not what they are for.
Knowingly use a coupon that is not for the product you because “it works”. The response to this one was “if the machine takes it and the kid (cashier) takes it then it is my gain”. The stores are not reimbursed for this and the “kid” can lose their job when the drawer comes up short. It also makes it harder on other couponers because cashiers become leery of anybody who walks up with them. Mistakes happen, but if you know then don’t do it.
Purchase an item on sale or at one store only to return it to another for a higher price. If you need to return an item then go to the store that you purchased it at. Return policies are getting stricter and stricter because of things like these.
Trick people obsessed with brand names. Okay, so everybody needs to draw their own line, but I didn’t really like this one. It was written by a husband who said that his wife has to have Tide, but he buys Purex and pours it in the Tide bottle instead. Not awful, but is it really worth the fight if she ever found out? If my husband was lying to me it wouldn’t matter what it was about, but I guess I’m stubborn like that.
Sell your wireless password/connection to neighbors. Really? I’m pretty sure the wireless company wouldn’t be too thrilled to figure that one out.
“Jack” all the free stuff in hotel rooms. Again, this one might not be that bad – it depends on how far you take it. The way I figure it, the toiletry items are there if I need them while I am staying. Personally, I will only take them home if I have opened them and I know they will be thrown away if I leave them, but if you want them then you can take them. However, taking towels or other items is just stealing.
“Scam” a Costco membership from your friends. The suggestion was to ask your friends with a Costco membership to buy you a Costco giftcard (you pay them for it), which then can be used as a membership (until the giftcard is up). We have friends who come to Costco with us and I would be happy to purchase a giftcard as a gift, but my eyebrows would go up if they asked me to buy them a giftcard simply so they could get out of the membership fee. If you like them that much then support the store and employees.
Fill a flask with alcohol before you go out so you don’t have to buy drinks. Hmm. That might be a sign of a deeper problem.
And just for kicks…. here are just some plain old BAD tips!!
Stop drinking – okay, so that is a good tip, LOL – but this man said he saved $300-$350 a MONTH because he stopped drinking.
Microwave your pens – the site that posted this said that this would make them work again. I’m not sure it would be worth the chance that they break your microwave by melting or causing a spark with the metal in the pen.
If you want some real ways to save money then try my 97 Ways to Save Money article!