A self-confessed ‘extreme cheapskate’ says she doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her “penny-pinching ways” as her methods save her hundreds each month.
Goldy Locks, a lead singer in a rock band, says her experiences travelling on the road with a tight budget taught her to make every penny count, and she now feels “obsessed” with saving money whenever possible.
From charging friends for lifts to finishing off abandoned drinks at the bar, Goldy told TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates: “I’m as passionate about being cheap as I am about music, I look at it as a lifestyle.
“I’m always looking for a way to stretch my dime, I hate spending money on anything I don’t have to.”
While on the road with her band, Goldy charges her fellow musicians 40p for every mile she drives, and won’t let anyone wind down the windows as to not “create drag” and waste fuel.
She claims that keeping track of her van expenses saves her more than £500 ($725) every month while on tour.
And after each gig, Goldy won’t spend cash on drinks if she doesn’t have to, and instead says she pours the remains of other people’s leftover pints to fill her glass.
She will also tip liquid spilt on beer mats at the bar into a shot glass if she wants something “stronger” – which she admits can lead to some “funny looks”.
Goldy also visits her local launderette to round up any loose socks from lost property which she uses as sanitary pads, saying it’s far more “cost effective and environmentally friendly”, despite a doctor warning of the risks.
While she’s there, she will chance her luck at throwing some laundry into someone else’s machine, saying: “I have a washer and dryer but it’s going to cost $3-$5 in water and power to do the amount of laundry that we need to do so why would I do that?”
She added: “When I was an artist and I was just starting, it was an absolute necessity to save every possible penny that you could and that’s still ingrained in me.”