I love to save money! I am always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to stretch a dollar even further than I can now. Needless to say, whenever I can catch an episode of TLC’s “Extreme Cheapskates” I tune in and look for new money saving ideas.

Recently, I watched an episode about a man saving as much money as he could.  His most memorable stunt happened when he took his wife to the movies.  He paid for their tickets at a discount theater.  Then he went to go get their snacks and drinks.  Well that’s when it got interesting.  He went out to the garbage can outside the theater that their movie was in and took a popcorn bucket and large cup out of the trash!  He dumped the contents out and rinsed out the cup in the bathroom then took them to the concession stand to get his “free refills”.  Okay. Um. ICK!

Here is the clip from the show:

He never purchased the items to begin with.  He used a popcorn bucket and drink cup that someone else had purchased and then thrown away when they were done with it in order to get free popcorn and a drink.  I admit, I take our candy into the movie theater but I always buy popcorn and a drink for my kids and I to share.  Personally, I think that taking items out of the trash and presenting them as if you were the original purchaser in order to take advantage of the “free refills” is stepping over the line.

The movie theater that the kids and I go to most of the time is pretty cheap.  For us to get tickets, popcorn, soda, hot dogs and nachos comes to a TOTAL under $20.  I think that is reasonable.  The popcorn is about $5 and I LOVE saving money but I am not sure that I would ever feel comfortable using someones popcorn bucket that had been in the trash can.

Anyone out there have an opinion on this ? I would love to hear your comments on this!
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