‘I hate spending money so much that I don’t even use toilet paper’

Everyone likes to make sure they’re saving money on things and most of us like to grab a bargain.

However, one frugal woman has taken things to the extreme with her money-saving ways.

Kate Hashimoto, lives in New York, says she has found a way of avoiding paying for almost everything in her life.

She says she “hates spending money” so much that she hasn’t done laundry for three years and never uses toilet paper.

Speaking on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates, Kate says: “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.

“If I have to spend money, I try and avoid it, I will try and pay as little as possible.”

With a budget of just $200 (£147) a month for living expenses, Kate finds ways to reuse whatever she can to make her money go further.

She says she has never paid money for furniture, and instead sources her stuff from skips and off the street.

Kate added: “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.”

Kate Hashimoto appearing on TLC's Extreme Cheapskates - getting rubbish out of a tip
Kate gets her furniture from skips and off the street
(Image: TLC)
Kate Hashimoto appearing on TLC's Extreme Cheapskates - sat on her bed made of yoga mats
Her bed is made up of old yoga mats piled up to make a mattress
(Image: TLC)


Meanwhile her bed is made up of old yoga mats that she has piled up to make a mattress, and she uses magazines as a dining table.

Kate also avoids cooking and instead uses her oven as storage space in her apartment.

And while New York is known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, Kate says she has no interest in keeping up with the latest trends.

“I haven’t bought any clothes in eight years,” she explains, “The last time I bought underwear was 1998.”

The clothes she does have get washed in her shower as the thrifty woman hasn’t done laundry for three years.

She also doesn’t buy loo roll, adding: “I don’t use toilet paper, I just use water and soap to wash myself off.”

If you’re frugal like Kate, why not try out this mum’s envelope trick which can help you save £5,000 in six months.

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