A fun look at someone even thriftier than me

Remember my post about tightwad treasures, like the ubiquitous York County tinfoil ball?

Well, my friend Tracey had SUCH a true York County response that I had to share it. Now, I want to make it clear here, that I am not making fun of her by posting this. I liked these ideas. For lack of a better way to describe it, they remind me of home.

But they really are an “Only in York County.” So I thought you’d enjoy them.

Tracey writes: “OK, I save socks. When I ran EMS I bought longer socks in giant bags.

When one gets a hole in it, I throw it out, and put the other one back in my sock drawer. Because when another one wears out, that means I still have a good pair made up of the remaining mates.” (Joan says: Yes, a perfectly good idea.)

Tracey says: “Both at my parents’ house and at (my boyfriend) Erik’s, my Mom and I save the plastic take-out containers from Chinese food. If you get the specials, it’s a pretty good container, and we use it to seperate leftovers into packaged meals to freeze, or take for lunch for the next few days. It’s cheaper than Tupperware, and you don’t have to stress if you lose it, or someone steals your lunch at work (I just lament the loss of yummy leftovers).” (Joan says: Yes, I agree also. But I disagree with keeping the ones from 10 years ago’s Chinese, which are probably a touch crusty.)


Tracey says: “We save bacon grease once in a while. We’ll make BLTs to use the tomatoes from the garden, pour off the bacon grease, and that same week, or even day we’ll use that grease and garden corn to make corn fritters, because they just taste better that way. I don’t think of it as penny pinching, but instead as true PA Dutch cooking!” (Joan says: While I don’t like corn fritters, I can’t argue, if you’re going to use it. But my grandmother used to keep a jar of grease in the fridge – again for ages and ages – and not use it! You know, because she might want it. Joan, who is getting used to referring to herself in the third person, also says thanks for the chance to insert a gratuitous bacon photo. Joan loves bacon!)

Tracey says: “We also save our grocery bags and use them as small kitchen trash bags. We hang one from a cabinet handle and throw out scraps, leftovers, etc., then change it out every day or so, and throw it outside on the back porch in our large trash can. That way we don’t have a stinky trash container in the house. We also use them to clean out the litter box.” (Joan says: This tip is totally environmentally friendly and cool.)

Tracey concludes: “Wow. Writing that out does make us sound like we’re cheap…”

And Joan says – no way! Just York County thrifty!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to A fun look at someone even thriftier than me

  1. Tracey says:

    That Tracey chick sure is a cheap b*stard.
    It sounded so much better when I wrote it!
    I feel like I need to stand up and shout “but I have two cars! I like expensive purses! I have a shoe addiction! I work multiple jobs!”
    The sock saving is only those I buy in bulk such as a bag of all white or all black. In EMS spending most of my 16 or 24 hour shift in boots ran through the toes of my socks pretty fast. Although I did walk through a pair of frog socks that afternoon in NYC earning my Far, Far Away badge on foursquare. Most of my socks are the cute little matched set like my purple socks with sushi on them that say ‘Wasa-B!” (Whaassup!)
    The Chinese container’s maybe last a year if that. At the hospital food likes to walk off sometimes, or you leave it drying on the drainboard and it’s gone later on. Eventually we do throw them out, and they are thoroughly washed after each use. And sad now that Erik is my ex boyfriend by the time this post made it up in the queue. :(
    The bacon grease is not more than a few days old. I would think if you wanted to use bacon grease for something you should just fry up some more bacon. :)
    So I wasn’t raised cheap, just green and eco friendly :)

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