Extreme Cheapskates

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  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 5.7  (735)

Extreme Cheapskates is a television series that aired on TLC starting in 2011. The show follows individuals who take penny-pinching to the extreme, giving viewers a glimpse into their daily lives and the creative ways they save money. The show focuses on a variety of strategies for frugality, from reusing dental floss to eating roadkill. Each episode highlights a different individual and provides a snapshot of their unorthodox methods for saving money.

The first season of Extreme Cheapskates featured Nicholas Pinto, a New York resident who was determined to live without spending money. He dumpster dives for food and other necessities, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies. Pinto also saves money on rent by sleeping on a makeshift bed in his friend's closet. He even brews his own beer to avoid buying alcohol at the store. Alongside Nicholas, the Pinto family was also featured, with Francesca and Monica Pinto sharing their tips and tricks for saving money.

In one episode, Francesca Pinto revealed that she and her family reuse paper towels by washing and hanging them out to dry. She also demonstrated how to make her own laundry detergent, using ingredients such as borax, washing soda, and soap. Meanwhile, her sister Monica Pinto showed viewers how she saves money by buying expired food at a discount and reusing household items, such as using a coffee filter as a dryer sheet.

The show's focus on frugality can often be shocking and even disturbing, as some of the practices are downright unsanitary. However, Extreme Cheapskates provides a unique perspective on how people can live with very little money, and the creative methods they use to survive. For some individuals, it's a necessity due to financial hardship, while for others it's a form of personal challenge or lifestyle choice.

Throughout the series, Extreme Cheapskates showcases individuals who take pride in their ability to save money, often at the expense of their own comfort and hygiene. Some go to extreme lengths to avoid spending money on things like heat, electricity, and air conditioning. One woman featured on the show lives without running water and instead showers at the gym or uses a bucket to collect rainwater.

Despite the unorthodox practices, the show often results in heartwarming moments as family members come together to support each other through difficult times. It sheds light on the struggles that many people face when it comes to finances and the ways in which they try to overcome them.

Overall, Extreme Cheapskates is an interesting and eye-opening portrayal of people who live on the fringes of society, pushing the boundaries of what it means to live a financially sound life. The show is not for the faint of heart, as some of the methods used by the featured individuals are unorthodox and even disgusting. But for those interested in discovering how people survive on little to no money, it's a fascinating watch.

Extreme Cheapskates is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on December 28, 2011.

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Merry Cheapskate Christmas
13. Merry Cheapskate Christmas
December 10, 2014
A look at the most outrageous penny-pinching people around.
12. Vacations
November 19, 2014
Follow a group of penny-pinching Americans who want to hit the open road without breaking open their wallets including a family of four who share one bunk bed at a Dude Ranch and a mom and daughter who wear their clothes and pack food in their carry on.
Diving for Dollars
11. Diving for Dollars
November 12, 2014
An engaged couple dumpster dive for decorations in an effort to save money.
Feast or Famine
10. Feast or Famine
November 5, 2014
Cooking instructor Ron Maestri shows us how to cook for lobster taste on a tunafish budget. Rocker Goldy Locks converted an abandoned hospital into her home, for just the fraction of the price.
The Grass is Always Cheaper
9. The Grass is Always Cheaper
October 29, 2014
Jamie's entire garden is made up solely of silk flowers. Now, she aims to replace her whole lawn with artificial grass, to eliminate her landscaping bill. Justin tries to land a job in sales, where he promises to save his employer tons of dough.
Nobody Pays Retail
8. Nobody Pays Retail
October 22, 2014
Lydia Abate scours the obituaries, then visits surviving family members in hopes of taking the deceased person's clothing off of their hands. Mason Roberts introduces his wife to his entire family of cheapskates.
Pool Rules: No Spending
7. Pool Rules: No Spending
October 15, 2014
A woman uses the exercise equipment in the sporting goods store instead of becoming a member of the gym.
Father Knows Debt
6. Father Knows Debt
October 15, 2014
Raul Pinto sifts through vacuum canisters at the car wash.
Cheap Hair Day
5. Cheap Hair Day
October 8, 2014
Kelley insulates her entire house with plastic. Now she's bringing her Pilates studio into the home to save even more money. Pelin cuts hair and costs at her salon and must find cheap bridal party products to trim her budget.
Home is Where the Cart Is
4. Home is Where the Cart Is
October 8, 2014
Flight attendant Steffanie takes her boyfriend to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in hopes of pushing their relationship to the next level. Professional doorman RJ Andrews does not have a permanent address, but lives rent-free by house sitting 365 days a year.
All Wrapped Up
3. All Wrapped Up
October 1, 2014
Todd Moriarty is obsessed with preserving his assets and wraps everything in plastic wrap.
In Sickness and In Wealth
2. In Sickness and In Wealth
October 1, 2014
Karen and Barry hate spending money and will go to great lengths to avoid - even if it means pulling out their own teeth.
Guide to Love
1. Guide to Love
September 24, 2014
Extreme Cheapskates's Guide for Love demonstrates how love doesn't have to cost a thing.
Where to Watch Extreme Cheapskates
Extreme Cheapskates is available for streaming on the TLC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Extreme Cheapskates on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, TLC and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 28, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (735)