Splitting a Paper Match for Two Uses

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January 24, 2017

A paper match split into two.This tip has got to be the height of frugality. Perhaps it's gone beyond frugality and into the realm of pure stinginess. Simply divide the match by working a fingernail or other sharp object into the side center at bottom, and gently spread the two halves apart. Both pieces usually work well even though they seldom are of the same thickness.


Guffaw if you will, I can imagine a family on a camping trip, down to their last few matches and finding this little tip to be most useful.

My real reason for posting this tip was to see if I could go one better than the tip I just finished reading. It told of reusing paper coffee filters. I don't think my tip can be topped for frugality. I invite you to try.

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January 30, 20171 found this helpful

I saw one once where a woman cut a wide rubber band in half to make two. If people can soak felt tip markers and use petroleum jelly to get that last "nth" out of a mascara tube than nothing is off limits!!

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January 31, 20171 found this helpful

This man should check to see if there is a milling company near him. I've known them to give away all the corn cobs you could carry home.

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February 12, 20171 found this helpful

There was a TV show a few years ago called "Extreme Cheapskates." There was a couple who showered together and used the same shampoo, literally. She'd lather up and then he'd use the lather on his head. Then, gross, gross, gross--they used the same toothbrush and, double gross and still an image I'd like to get out of my head, the same dental floss. AAAGH! I wonder if the dentist will treat them as one when they go in with gum disease.


Another woman would knock out her teeth when she got a cavity, rather than going to the dentist. She and her family were just nasty, sharing cold bath water, not using toilet paper, but newspaper. More images I've tried to forget.

Back to the splitting matches--who uses matches anymore? I use a long lighter to light candles, and if I were camping (hahahaha! Not gonna happen) I'd take a lighter with me. I can afford the $3 or 4 every few years for a lighter.

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February 13, 20172 found this helpful

In my opinion, this is not frugal. This is obsessive. I get very upset when I see people reach this stage of thriftiness. I refuse to use the word "frugal", as it conjures up this type of nonsensical and over the top behavior.


Why doesn't he just steal the TP from work? If he hasn't already!

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