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Woman Refuses To Buy Toilet Paper In Order To Save Money

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Woman Refuses To Buy Toilet Paper In Order To Save Money

If the pandemic has left you feeling the pinch, you may want to take tips from this super saver who is so stringent with her cash she won't even buy toilet paper if she can avoid it.

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Back in March, New York-based Kate Hashimoto appeared on the TLC show Extreme Cheapskates, where she gave her tips on how to life frugally. Living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, Hashimoto explained how she was able to live on a budget of just $200 (£146) a month.

"I have lived in New York for three years, although it's the most expensive city to live in I have found ways to get around it," she said.

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"If I have to spend money, I try and avoid it, I will try and pay as little as possible."

The money saver said she has never paid for furniture, instead opting to look elsewhere, including scouring skips and the roadside to try and find stuff for her gaff.

Credit: TLC
Credit: TLC

She said her bed is made from old yoga mats, stacked in a pile, and her supposed dining table is a stack of magazines.

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It may sound extreme, but Hashimoto reckoned that by refusing to spend money on furniture she's saved herself a few grand.

She said: "I furnished my place by picking up discarded furniture on the street before the trash picks it up, I have saved a couple of thousand dollars on furniture."

The savings don't stop there, though, and Hashimoto even claimed to avoid cooking to keep energy bills low as well as admitting to using her dishwasher and oven as storage space.

She hasn't done any laundry in three years - we've all been there to be fair - and instead washes her clothes in the shower.

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If that's not enough, she even refuses to buy toilet paper.

She told the show: "I don't use toilet paper, I just use water and soap to wash myself off."

She's also been known to recycle paper towels from public toilets.

Credit: TLC
Credit: TLC
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"If I am drying my hands in a public bathroom, I am drying off hands that I washed clean so I keep them and reuse them," she explained.

When it comes to her wardrobe, Kate is proud of the fact she's not bought herself anything new to wear in eight years, adding: "The last time I bought underwear was 1998."

Incredibly enough, Hashimoto may not even be the cheapest cheapskate that Extreme Cheapskates have spoken to.

Once they featured a woman who owned just one lightbulb which she moved from room to room, something she claimed saved her $60-a-month on electricity.

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Stephanie Bennett also used her dishwasher to cook food, explaining that she has to wrap the containers tightly using tinfoil to make sure that the water doesn't seep through but she would rather do this than turn on the oven.

Stephanie said: "[I make] fish, hotdogs, lasagne, I'm telling you - I do it all the time."

Featured Image Credit: Credit: TLC

Topics: Money, US News, US Entertainment, Weird

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