This frugal janitor saved $175K and left it all to children he didn’t even know

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This frugal janitor saved $175K and left it all to children he didn’t even know
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There are those of us who try to put away some money every now and then for a rainy day. There are others who automatically deposit money into their savings account each pay period. Then there are the extreme savers who manage to make living below their means a lifestyle.

One Kentucky man was able to do the latter for most of his 75 years. His name was Alvin L. Randlett and he worked 32 years as a janitor for Sixth District Elementary in Covington, Kentucky, according to CNBC.com.

Kentucky janitor amassed a fortune — and left it to kids

Randlett knew how to save: He saved more than 300 of his sick days. He saved money on car payments because he never owned a vehicle.

Once, during a blizzard in 1978, he spent the night at the school, shoveling coal to heat the boilers, according to the Cincinnati Inquirer.

Randlett, a lifelong bachelor, passed away in December 2015, but in line with his wishes, his estate this week donated all of his savings, $175,000, to the Kentucky Child Victims’ Trust Fund.

Children loved Randlett and he loved them. His friend, Jeff Siska, who announced the fund to a crowd of students at the school, said that Randlett wanted to do what he could to stop people from hurting children.

“He made people smile,” Siska was quoted as saying.

Randlett’s example of kindness and frugality doesn’t have to be a newsworthy: It’s something all of us can do.

Saving money is as much a mindset as it is a good habit. Here are three ways to save:

3 ways to be frugal without too much pain

Stop eating out as much: Save money on dinner by investing in an Instant Pot pressure cooker and Crock-Pot slow cooker that makes preparing meals at home a cinch.

Budget with cash: Here’s how to make the envelope method work in 2018.

Try the Penny Challenge: Here’s how you can save up to $700 in one year by saving those Abraham Lincolns.

RELATED: 5 of Clark Howard’s most extreme frugal hacks

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Craig Johnson is a conscious money-saver who stills read paperback books and listens to vinyl. He likes to write about how technology is making things easier and more affordable — but also sometimes more dangerous — for the modern consumer.
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