I read the head line and said "How exreme?"
Amy VanDeventer has always been a cheapskate. The recession is taking her to new extremes. Before the economy tanked, she was still wearing maternity clothes from her last pregnancy, clipping coupons and using hand-me-downs to dress her daughters, ages 2 and 3. Now, she's salvaging bagel scraps left on their plates for pizza toppings and cutting lotion bottles in half so she can scrape out the last drops.
Reusing bagels for pizza crust? That is a new one for me. Unfortunately the article doesn't give any great tips. I found it motivating that Amy puts away 50% of her take home pay.