The Sun recently reported on a character whose lifestyle is “excessive”, being always named “the world’s first thrifty”.
Specifically, Mr. Roy Haynes currently lives with his wife, Lisa, in Huntington in Vermont, USA. The couple did not work to earn money, but decided to open a charity center called Save Our Strays to help poor animals.
Because he had no income, in order to have money to maintain the center’s operation, Mr. Roy tried to cut all living expenses as much as possible, he saved so much that he was called “the most frugal people in the world”. “.
This man has never given up any way as long as he cuts the cost of living as much as possible. Typically, when going to the supermarket to buy fruits such as cherries or grapes, he meticulously picks up all the branches before weighing and paying them to “light” and reduce money. Or like how he reused banana peels to polish shoes instead of throwing it away like many others.
More surprisingly, Mr. Roy even “reused” napkins, instead of throwing them away, he washed them, dried them for later use. Similarly, with plastic plates, he also washed and used again. It is because of frugality from these trifles that helps his family save about 100 USD (2.3 million VND)/year.
In fact, not just towels or plastic plates, but Mr. Roy reuses nearly every item, even coffee bags and dental floss. He was so frugal that when his wife, Lisa, intended to spend money, even if it was just a dime, Mr. Roy tried to prevent it, always making things more difficult than ever.
“My husband tries his best to stop me from spending money and it makes me feel very uncomfortable,” Lisa shared.
“Top of the tip” rather than “freezing” a credit card: “We have a credit card, but we don’t use it indiscriminately. I ‘frozen’ the card so that every time we want to use it, we have to consider it. carefully because it’s not easy to ‘defrost’ it,” said Roy, holding the “frozen” card in his hand. So every time Lisa wants to use the card, she will have to spend a lot of effort to get the card out of the ice block.
Despite being so thrifty, Mr. Roy still sometimes takes his wife out on a date once a month and that trip is usually to… the gas station. The time when he was more “generous” was to take Lisa to the movies, but he refused to pay for popcorn. Because he knew the movie theater would give back free water and popcorn if it broke, so Mr. Roy pulled from the trash… a bag of popcorn and two used cups. After washing them, Mr. Roy received free water and gave a cup to his wife.
“I love my wife and I do my best to please her without spending a dime,” he said.
After decades of being together, from the time Mr. Roy first flirted, Mrs. Lisa was also used to her husband’s thrifty nature. Lisa recounted that the wedding cost of the two people at that time was only 70 USD (about 1.6 million VND at the current exchange rate). At that time, on their way home from the wedding ceremony, Lisa and her husband stopped at a McDonald’s but didn’t buy anything, instead, Mr. Roy ordered rice when neighbors threw up to congratulate them on their happy day to cook the wedding dinner.
In another time, Mr. Roy also showed his romance by giving his wife a bouquet of roses, but not long after, Mrs. Lisa discovered that her husband had actually picked it up from the funeral home, after being bullied. throw away. Because of being so thrifty, this man once embarrassed his wife and wanted to “apparate”. Accordingly, when he took his wife to the restaurant, but instead of ordering, he was so “thick-faced” that he asked for leftovers from the next table to take home. Because Mr. Roy believes that “the best things in life are free things”.
However, because of this too frugal lifestyle, now, Mr. Roy in his 60s is not entangled with debts, does not have to pay to buy a house, buy a car, and he and his wife have no children, so they have to spend money. The cost of living is extremely low. It is known that he only earns more than 15,000 USD (345 million VND)/year because he does not have a stable job. Because of that, in order to have money to run the charity center, Mr. Roy and his wife have to live as frugally as possible.