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Woman Refuses To Buy Toilet Paper To Save Money, Instead Uses Water And Soap

Woman Refuses To Buy Toilet Paper To Save Money, Instead Uses Water And Soap

Kate Hashimoto, who appeared on TLC's 'Extreme Cheapskates,' is so stringent with her money that she won't even buy toilet paper.

If the pandemic has left you panicking about the availability of toilet paper, you might want to learn a tip or two from a New York woman. Kate Hashimoto, who appeared on TLC's Extreme Cheapskates, is so stringent with her money that she won't even buy toilet paper. Managing one's expenses while living in New York, one of the most expensive cities, might be a challenge for many—but not for this woman who has figured out the key to a frugal lifestyle. According to The Sun, Hashimoto makes it a point to restrict her monthly expenses to $200. To put this into perspective, city resident's average cost of living before rent is $1,341, per Mirror

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"I have lived in New York for three years, although it’s the most expensive city to live in I have found ways to get around it," she said proudly. Over the years, Hashimoto has mastered the art of getting things without having to pay for most of them. "If I have to spend money, I try and avoid it, I will try and pay as little as possible," she explained. The extreme money-saver has apparently never had to pay for her furniture as she opted to look for the stuff from skips and on roadsides. "I furnished my place by picking up discarded furniture on the street before the trash picks it up, I have saved a couple of thousand dollars on furniture," she revealed.

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Hashimoto has a couple of yoga mats for a bed. She has reportedly piled up old yoga mats to build a mattress and her supposed dining table is made up of stacked magazines. Although her furniture situation sounds extreme, she has saved a lot of money doing so. But her savings efforts don't end there. Hashimoto doesn't even cook to avoid paying for energy bills and naturally, she doesn't use the dishwasher and oven—which are used as storage instead. Hashimoto manages to cut down on her food expenses by sifting through dumpsters outside of supermarkets and eateries to salvage as many "sanitary" edibles as she can. This includes organic products and pre-packed gourmet items. She also doesn't eat in restaurants unless her friends pay for her food. 

Image source: YouTube Screenshot | TLC uk

 

Her being invested in using unconventional thrifty methods to save money could be the reason why she refused to shell out for toilet rolls. "I don’t use toilet paper, I just use water and soap to wash myself off," she said, noting that the toilet paper towels she recycles come in handy at times. Whenever Hashimoto visits a public toilet, she makes it a point to keep the paper she uses to dry her hands. "If I am drying my hands in a public bathroom, I am drying off hands that I washed clean so I keep them and reuse them," she noted. This recycled paper is used by Hashimoto in her own bathroom whenever required. But if she can help it, she avoids the usage of toilet paper altogether. 



 

 

She hasn't even done any laundry for the past three years. While we've all been there at some point, maybe not as extreme though. Hashimoto apparently washes her clothes in the shower to avoid having to run her washing machine. While she resides in New York, which is arguably one of the fashion capitals in the world, Hashimoto has no interest in keeping up with the latest fashion trends. But what's shocking is the fact that she hasn't bought any clothing in eight years. "I haven’t bought any clothes in eight years. The last time I bought underwear was 1998," she explained.