A mother who lives in a mansion has found that she washes her kids’ clothes in the pool to save money.
Jeni Cox, featured on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates, hates spending a dime on everything she doesn’t have to.
Jeni Cox is determined to save money wherever she canPhoto credit: YouTube
She explains: “I’ve always been very cheap. I just feel good when I don’t spend a lot of money but still achieve my goal.
“I hate spending money on things that I can’t see the next day when they’re gone.”
The mother of three limits herself to a gallon of gasoline a day, which she refills every day to “limit where she can go”.
She says: “Gas is like make-up, less is more. When you buy less, you use less and save more. “
Jeni uses her pool to wash her children’s clothes
The mother of three is determined to keep costs down, despite living in a huge house
Fitness fanatic Jeni is ready to hit the road to workout, but instead of opting for a gym membership, she just visits her local sports store to use the machines.
“Instead of going to the gym, I only go to sports stores for about 45 minutes a day,” she says.
“Going to the gym to pay for a membership is $ 75 a month. It doesn’t cost me a dime to work out at this sports store.”
When she got home, Jeni figured out how to save money on every bill.
Instead of going to the gym, Jeni uses the equipment on display in her local sports shopPhoto credit: YouTube
She tosses a few rocks into her toilet cistern to help displace the water, which means she is using 350 gallons less water per month.
The biggest expense in Jeni’s life is the outdoor pool in her garden.
She says, “It is very expensive to maintain this pool and I have looked a lot for ways to save money.
“I still keep the pool because I have three children and we don’t have many expensive vacations. I think this is like a vacation.
The mother does not allow herself to use more than a gallon of gasoline a dayPhoto credit: YouTube
“One way to save money on this pool is to reduce the size of the pool. Just like putting a brick in the toilet. “
Instead of a brick, Jeni uses tables that are weighted down with containers filled with sand to reduce the volume of water in the pool.
And Jeni found a way to use the pool to her advantage to save money.
“I do the laundry in the pool because the chemicals in the pool are similar to those in detergents,” she says as she throws in her children’s clothes.
“Running the washing machine costs money.”
One thing that Jeni has had trouble cutting costs with is the pool filter, which costs $ 200 a month to run.
She even throws a brick into her toilet cistern to save waterPhoto credit: YouTube
But Jeni has a plan and returns to the sports store to see if the exercise bike can cut her costs.
“If I build a bicycle generator for this pool filter, it won’t cost me anything on my electricity bill,” she says.
Her plan works, but unfortunately the saleswoman isn’t letting her take the bike home for free and Jeni isn’t willing to part with the $ 199 to buy it.
She says, “My habits may be extreme for some people, but I show everyone, it makes me happy.”
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