Parents' Guide to

Extreme Cheapskates

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Pokes fun at folks who take cost-cutting to a new level.

TV TLC Reality TV 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+


It is a little gross at a few points so if your child is pretty sensitive to garbage and easily throws up at gross things, maybe give Extreme Cheapskates a pass. I mean if dumpster diving and eating dumpster dived food isn't disgusting, I don't know what is. It is an okay show but you can definitely tell it is extremely staged.
age 13+

Stupid people

That don’t know how to spend money come on! Good show

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (3):

Most of these folks characterize their efforts as "saving money," but what they are really doing is finding ways not to pay for things with their own cash in order to afford hobbies or save for retirement. Others are fearful of going into debt. Their reasons are understandable, but the fact that they often rely on other people's donations, garbage, and sometimes resort to pushing the envelope of what is legal to maintain their personal level of frugality is a little problematic.

Viewers may find a few creative ideas here, especially when it comes to finding different ways to barter a few hours of work or unique services in exchange for things that they want. But many will also be disturbed by the folks who would rather give loved ones dead flowers from a dumpster and feed guests expired food rather than spend any extra money on them. These types of behaviors seem more selfish and/or compulsive than penny-wise, and send confusing messages about what saving and smart money management is all about.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 16, 2012
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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