Exhibit A: While on a trip away from home, I forgot a case to keep my contacts in. I was even at a Walmart that same evening, picked up a new case for about $2, and said to myself "$2!" I'm not buying this." And I put it back. Back at the hotel I came up with a clever idea to put one contact into a plastic cup and insert in the morning. What I didn't plan for was my brother (let's choose Mike) who poured Root Beer into said cups and DRANK my contacts. Actually they went down the drain. Now I am blind and had to buy new contacts.
Exhibit B: I have taught the children to "troll for bottles." Drama is especially good at this. When we first moved into our home there was a lot of construction, which means workers, which means soda/beer which in the mind of a 5 year old means $$$$. I would drive down the street as my recycling soldier ran through framed homes and rubble to gather bottles and cans, like a war orphan. Drama has been able to buy lots of junk with his plunder.
Exhibit C: Coupons. I have been cutting, sorting, filing and using coupons for years. Sunday afternoon I need one hour to go through the newspaper. I read all the "slick ads" then cut my coupons. I don't do much without a coupon. Yesterday I told the kids I would buy them a treat at the new yogurt place, but had forgotten the coupon at home. No coupon, no treat. Boy were they mad. But they later got their yogurt (1/2 off) and Drama got a new pair of shoes, on sale, plus 20% off. Ha!
So for all you miserly newbies, take notes from the master and get in line!