Victoria Hunt, ‘Extreme Cheapskates’ Star, Urinates In Bottle And Eats From Dumpster To Save Money ~ The Huffington Post
“Eeew! This chick is insane!” That was my initial reaction to learning Victoria Hunt, a 51-year old, Columbus, Ohio resident, uses an empty jar as a mobile commode to save a couple of bucks on her monthly water bill.
But as I dug deeper into the story, I started to see Ms. Hunt as a role model of sorts. After all, she’s a millionaire who amassed enough financial wealth to retire at the tender perimenopausal age of 48.
And despite engaging in behavior widely viewed as disgusting by inhabitants of the industrialized world, Ms. Hunt isn’t just some lonely ol’ hag who fights off rodents for discarded produce. She’s in a romantic relationship.
Of course, The Huffington Post chose a headline that would evoke a strong reaction from readers.
If you can look past the bodily fluids and trash food, you might discover a few of Ms. Hunt’s not-so-cringeworthy, wealth building tips that you can work into your life such as
- tracking expenses
- living in a modest sized home,
- driving a car to the end of its lifespan,
- eating home-grown food,
- showering at the gym, or
- running the refrigerator for only twelve hours a day.
I’m sure a lot of people would find the aforementioned acts too extreme. Unfortunately, if you want to accomplish big goals, you have to make big sacrifices.
You may not know this about me (and hopefully you can’t tell), but I don’t like to write.
I spend hours trying to weave together a few coherent sentences decent enough to withstand possible criticism of internet trolls. The whole exercise is a mentally taxing activity for me, and most days, I frickin’ hate it.
Maybe you wonder, “Why write if you dislike it so much?” It’s simple really. The product is worth the process. I may not love to write, but I love what I write.
Consider this. I’ve never heard one mother describe child-birth as anything other than an excruciatingly painful experience. Yet countless moms, human and nonhuman, love the innocent babes who ripped out of their loins, punching and biting, more than I love Peruvian rotisserie chicken dipped in extra jalapeño sauce.
Yes, the process is a pain in the hoo-hoo, but boy, look at the product!
That’s how I feel about writing. And I’m sure that’s how a lot of eventual millionaires felt about the tough choices they made each day to achieve financial freedom.
These days, Ms. Hunt relishes frugality; however, she indicated that, early on, peers mocked her weird money saving tactics.
I wonder how many of Ms. Hunt’s peers, who are stuck in their miserable jobs for the next 15 plus years, are still laughing at her.
Ideally, we’ll all land jobs we want to work until we’re physically or mentally incapable of performing. But I can’t knock someone who found a way to live fully in the present while investing for the future.
What “extreme” habits do you practice in order to save money?