Share A Secret: I ruined my family’s Christmas with food poisoning because I am a cheapskate

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I also resorted to seizing every opportunity to score freebies. I recycled unused office party favours home, asking every host of every party I went to for their leftovers, like pretty paper napkins, cutlery and utensils from engagements and weddings, party balloons and candies from kids’ birthday bashes, plus unwanted household items from housewarmings and spring-cleanings.

Once, I even took home flowers from a funeral to use as party decor – I was downright shameless!