I saw this story on the show 20/20 Vermont Man: Cheap and Proud of It. I love seeing how other people live on very little money. He lives on $15,000 a year which he earns by picking up old items from the trash, refurbishing them and selling them for profit. I assume he likes what he does and considers it a fun hobby. The article says he doesn't have a real job but I think his recycling for profit hobby is a "real job". I wonder how many hours he works at it each day. He has to work enough to earn that $15,000 he needs to maintain his lifestyle, however frugal it may be. He also runs a charity for stray animals. I would consider that a job too. It is great that he can earn a living on the little bit of money that he makes doing what he loves. That is my goal too, to have a job that I love.
I do draw the line at getting married just to get on the spouse's health insurance. I hope there were other factors involved. And asking for people's leftovers in restaurants is too bold for me. I don't go to those kind of restaurants very often anyway. If his wife has the health insurance coverage for both of them I guess she has a job. I could live very well on $15,000 especially if I didn't have to pay for health insurance. I wouldn't consider him the biggest cheapskate though. Lot's of people live on less than $15,000. But I'm glad he is happy with his lifestyle, happiness is a very important part of life and definitely another one of my top goals!