TLC (aka The Lamest Channel) on television has its fair of “Are you kidding me?” “reality” shows but by far one of the most ridiculous to watch has to be Extreme Cheapskates.
If you frequent personal finance blogs, I’m sure you’ve all heard bloggers rant about these cheapskates giving frugals a bad name. I’ve never seen the show but seeing commercials and reading about these cheapskates doing extreme things like not using toilet paper just to save 17¢ a month is enough to make me want to vomit. Literally.
I don’t know what came over me this weekend. Maybe it was because J and I were about to go check out a potential wedding venue in a few hours and I felt a bit overwhelm with my goal of paying $20,000 towards debt and saving for my half of costs for a spring 2015 wedding but all of a sudden when I saw TLC was having an Extreme Cheapskate marathon I flipped to that channel thinking “hmmm maybe I can pick up a few extreme tips to save money this year!” I couldn’t watch more than 5 minutes.
The morally questionable man on the show was taking his wife out on a ice cream “date” and felt it was his right to ask for 16 different ice cream samples but in the end not purchase anything because he wasn’t hungry anymore. Here’s the “makes me want to rage” part – he was never planning on buying anything! For him, it was OK to steal from others as long as he can save a few bucks.
This is my main problem with the show. I don’t care what you do with your money since personal finance is personal. Dumpster dive for food? Utterly gross but if it floats your cheap boat, then dive away! However when you decide to serve that dumpster food to your friends and family without their knowledge, that just makes you a piece of shit.
What I really want to ask these greedy cheapskates is – what are you saving your money for?
The show never explains why these cheapskates are willing to do anything including jeopardize their health and safety just to save a few pennies. Isn’t your life worth more? My educated guess would be that they want to live a comfortable retirement. Who doesn’t?
I’m not trying to sound all dark but you could die tomorrow. Life is full of unexpected surprises and accidents. Nothing is guaranteed except you can’t take your money with you when you die.
Of course there is a delicate balance with YOLO but life should be enjoyed every single day because you just never know. Live everyday like it’s your last. Going to such drastic “extremes” now just so you can save all your money for retirement isn’t delayed gratification, it’s just wasting precious life and that’s something no amount of money can buy back.
Who else is as appalled by the show as I am? TLC are you listening to me? Do humanity a favor and get rid of this show pronto!