Remember how grandma washed her aluminum foil, laying it out to dry so she could use it to store the next evening's supper? And her box of string, buttons and other scraps, things she just couldn't--or wouldn't--throw away?
Maybe she refused to buy new things when hers busted, choosing instead to make do without. Or, she'd concoct some homespun repair job that made her avocado-green dishwasher look more like a science project gone horribly awry than a well-maintained, lovingly used home appliance.
We all made fun of grandma, and her thriftiness may have seemed extreme. But, you know, she just might have been onto something.