She would save the cotton balls from aspirin bottles so she didnt have to buy cotton balls.
Aluminum foil was always cleaned and smoothed and then folded nicely for reusing later.
Garage sales were her religion. If she had lived long enough to utilize eBay she would have made a living at it.
But through her years of being a cheapskate, her and my grandfather gathered a rather large amount of wealth that when they were growing up (born in 1927) they could never have dreamed of.
Whats even funnier is that after my grandmother died my grandfather got a call from their accountant to come to the office. My grandfather knew that they had a large amount of money but he didnt know that he had as much as he does. And to top it off, the reason that his accountant called him into his office was because my grandmother had met with him prior to her death to put my grandfather on a budget! She set up an allowance for him so he would not spend his money. Though he probably could never spend it all without going crazy and getting a young stripper wife and buying her houses and cars.
Now he just drinks beer and scotch in the evening and plays golf all day with out a care in the world.
I keep pointing it out to my wife trying to get her to be more like my grandmother with money so one day I too can do nothing but drink and play golf.