Being a Freegan Named Most Extreme Money-Saving Tactic, Finds New Survey

Jun 12, 2013, 07:00 ET from

WHITING, Ind., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- How far would you go to save money? Sometimes, tactics to spend less green can turn extreme. A new survey reveals what U.S. adults think are the most extreme and unusual tactics to spend less and save more, with being a "freegan," topping the list. This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of from May 29th – 31st, 2013, among 2,085 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

Being a freegan (i.e. dumpster diving, never buying new products) is America's top selection as being among the most extreme spend less and save more tactics with 63 percent selecting it from a provided list. Here's how some other wacky money-saving tactics stacked up:

  • Training pets to use the toilet – 47 percent
  • Donating fluids for money (e.g. blood, urine, sperm) – 37 percent
  • Extreme couponing (i.e. spending hours finding coupons, obsessively using coupons, and/or buying large amounts of discounted items) – 36 percent
  • Participating in a clinical trial of a new medication/treatment for money – 26 percent
  • Driving with an ad displayed on the side of your car – 25 percent
  • Getting paid for tasks (e.g. making a video, singing a song, running errands) by signing up on an online site such as Fiverr or TaskRabbit – 18 percent
  • Selling items in a pawn shop – 17 percent
  • Selling prized items on an online auction site – 16 percent
  • Participating in a research study for money – 14 percent

"When typical saving methods don't do the trick, some people choose to take it to the next level, and even beyond," said Jackie Warrick, senior savings adviser at "No matter how you approach saving money, it's important to factor in what's best for you and your family and choose an appropriate strategy."

When it comes to how many people are actually employing unusual saving methods, 7 percent of U.S. adults admit they already use extreme money-saving tactics to save dough. More than one-quarter (29 percent) would consider using an extreme money-saving tactic.

On the flip side, a combined 64 percent report they would not consider trying an extreme money-saving tactic because:

  • I don't want to try – 36 percent
  • I don't need to try – 34 percent
  • I'm afraid of what other people will think – 12 percent

Survey Methodology:
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Coupon Cabin from May 29th – 31st, 2013, among 2,085 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Allison Kaplan,

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