Dec 05 2007

America’s biggest cheapskate


Ever the tightwad, B.J. Clute wasn’t sure he wanted to spend $0.41 on a postage stamp to enter a cheapskate contest, according to a story posted on

It’s a good thing he did.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet chain has crowned Erie, Pa. resident B.J. Clute with the title of “America’s Biggest Cheapskate.”

The retail chain awarded Clute, 29, with a $2,500 gift card.

Clute is so cheap, wrote Erie Times-News reporter Jim Carroll, that he taped over the switch to his refrigerator light bulb–just to save a few pennies on his electric bill.

Clute sounds like our kind of fellow, doesn’t he?

I’m intrigued by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet–there isn’t a store location in Pittsburgh; but there IS a store about 25 miles up the road from me. I’ll have to swing on by!

What’s the most extreme thing you’ve done in the name of tightwaddery?

For me, I’d have to say it was driving an hour round-trip to get a free blood glucose monitor, so that I’d get the $20 extra care bucks. Lolz.


B.J., if you come across my blog, won’t you say hello? I’d love to hear more about your tightwaddery. Please oh please?

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5 Responses to “America’s biggest cheapskate”

  1. The craziest thing I ever did was drive to another state (three hours away) to shop at Kroger’s unlimited triple coupon sale. This was back in 2002. My sister and I loaded down my mini-van with tons of stuff! It took me 3 years to finish off the Zatarain’s rice boxes we got for free!

  2. Whoa! That’s crazy–but ya know what, it sounds like it was fun. Plus, triple coupons usually mean unstoppable deals.

    I bet it was a road trip worth taking!

  3. THe only thing I can think of is that I walk around switching lights off behind my husband, and he complains that he was coming right back.
    But here’s a funnier story that my mother in law told me: My mother in law is a shy, sweet, minds-her-own business person. She needed some sand for a project and when she hunted it down at Home Depot, there was only small bag with no price anywhere and a slit that was leaking sand. The salesperson said, sorry, can’t sell it to you because it’s damaged and I can’t track the price. So SHE SAID, no problem, you can just give it to me because you’ll have to throw it away anyway. (I LOVE THAT LOGIC!!) And she got her sand!

    We do have a local Ollies store and I’ve found some good bargains there – actually, food can be pretty cheap and sometimes quite good brands. However, there must be some cheapo factory that supplies places like the dollar stores and Ollies with really junky stuff because some of it is made so cheaply that it’s useless.

  4. I came across your blog, and I am always looking for new ideas. It was an honor to win the award. I really do take pride in being cheap. Most people view cheapskate as a dirty word, but I don’t think so. The money that I save on the little things help me so that I can be more generous later. The refrigerator light might sound extreme, but that started because I was just trying to eliminate every source of energy that I can. I was working from 8am to 10pm every day and was gone on weekends. My kitchen had a lot of natural light, and as a bachelor I really only had 3 or 4 items in the refridgerator anyways. So that was something you can do once, and not worry about again.

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