In the spirit of April Fool’s Day , here is a list, David Letterman style, of the top ten ways to aggravate your spouse or significant other with your frugality. Warning: You may incur bodily injury if you actually try to implement some of these.
10. Serve the same meal everyday for dinner until your spouse complains. Serve something different the next day, then go back to the same meal you were serving every day.
9. Shut off the hot water heater while your spouse is in the middle of a long shower.
8. Tell your spouse that lights will no longer be allowed to be turned on after it gets dark outside, and provide them with a flashlight powered with rechargeable batteries to get around the house.
7. Hide your spouse’s car around the block, and tell him or her you sold it to avoid high gas prices. Present them with a bicycle.
6. Follow your spouse around the house, turning off lights before they even leave the room they are in. Do the same thing when they turn on water, etc.
5. Hide all of your spouse’s clothes except for two outfits. When they ask where everything is, say you donated it all to Goodwill so the two of you could try “living simply”.
4. Tell your spouse that since the allowance system you implemented worked so well, you would like to eliminate it and that you should both try bartering for anything you need.
3. Get up in the middle of the night and shut off the heat or air conditioning.
2. Tell your meat-loving spouse that your household is “going vegetarian” to combat rising food prices.
1. Suggest that all showering from now on be done together to conserve water.
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