A PAIR of self-confessed tight-fisted have revealed how they forced their children to rummage through trash bags for coins and candy.
Raul and Patricia Pinto regularly take their four children to the car wash so that they can use the vacuum cleaner.
The couple then tell a garage clerk that the vacuum cleaner swallowed up one of Patricia’s earrings so they could gain access to the vacuum cleaner bags, giving the children the opportunity to search for hidden treasures.
Speaking on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates, Patricia said, “Kids love going to the car wash because it’s like a scavenger hunt for them, we found headphones, jewelry, change of course, a lot. of change. “
The family has even been known to take candies out of the bag to enjoy later, as long as they are sealed.
And once they’ve emptied the bag of all of his valuables, Raul will place a decoy earring in the dust before letting the clerk know they’ve found it.
Raul says, “Going to the car wash is like playing slots – the dollar I put in, I know I’m going to get it back.”
After a hectic day at the garage, the family will then head to the restaurant for lunch – and you can bet Raul has found ways to save money there, too.
He says, “As a family of six, we eat a lot of food and now that my two older children are home for the summer, I have to be really, really careful not to go over budget.
Rather than ordering six meals and six drinks, Raul insists his children have tap water, while he and his wife share unlimited coffee.
The couple will then order a club sandwich each, before asking for two more plates each and some extra lettuce and tomatoes on the side.
Raul explains, “Diners usually serve you these huge portions, a club sandwich is pretty much like having two or three sandwiches in one and I always get the extra lettuce to make it a bit bulkier.”
Before heading home, the family fill their pockets with as many sachets of sauce, sugar and salt as they can carry.
Oldest daughter Monica says, “The waitresses think we’re psychopaths, they give us the dirtiest looks I’ve ever seen in my life.”
When it comes to his own refrigerator, Raul will stop at nothing to save money fast.
Instead of buying bottled water, Raul fills empty bottles before coating the top with clear, non-toxic nail polish. So when her children open the bottle, they think it is brand new.
And now that his older kids are home from college for the summer, Raul is desperate to cut the cost of beer.
So he kept all of his expensive beer bottles, rinsed them out, and refilled them with a much cheaper beer.
“He thinks we don’t notice it but we do notice it,” said Monica, with Raul Jr adding, “it tastes like c ** p.”
When you go get a beer from Raul’s fridge, you better be quick with the dad of four who has a hard time limit.
He said, “Everyone is only allowed to open the refrigerator doors once a day, they have 24 seconds to do so, and if they don’t during that time, too bad.”