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Mighty Fine day in Frugal Land

May 22nd, 2006 at 09:59 pm

I picked up my bag of Freecycle clothes. I hit the jackpot; hereís my haul:

Five tops, three dressy scarves, two purses, two pairs of pants, two sweaters, two pairs of sweatpants/sleep pants, one winter scarf, one skirt, one pair jeans, one dress jacket.

Some items Iím not sure Iíll wear, because they are not my usual, but Iím looking to explore a little bit, and this exploration doesnít have a price tag. I may choose to give away some of these items, and thatís fine.

I also have eight items for the ďsee if it fits in September; if not tossĒ hamper. The items I chose not to keep at all fit perfectly in a duffel bag I chose not to keep. I was trying on clothes for a full hour, and it was all free, all of it. That beats garage saling, though I was enjoying my quarter blouse today. I got a compliment on it from the director of the agency, and I blurted ďit was twenty five cents!Ē I could learn to tone my frugality enthusiasm down, I suppose, to look like less of a goober, but I get such a kick out of it. I think Iíd rather be a goober than embarrassed about my frugality.

I also got another call back from a Freecycle person that I had thought didnít get my e-mail; three tubs of peanut butter may be in my future.

We used a gift certificate that we had for the town the clothes were in, to make the 10 mile drive even less of a gas hit. It was okay, but I canít see paying actual money for what we got. Itís nice to know that when I do go out to eat, I get more of a bang for a 6.95 Mexican dish than a 12.95 plate with soup and salad deal. I also again realized that portions are too darned large. We could have probably split an entrťe and an appetizer; but since it was a gift certificate I donít regret it too much. My Guy is picking up the tip since the certificate was mine, so no expense, a point in the mealís favor.

As if my day didnít ring enough frugal bells, one of my frugal buddies at work dropped off a vintage Pyrex refrigerator container, a half pint jam jar, and I note asking me if I want more jam jars.

These two women (Iím not sure which it was this time) have brought me beautiful cardigans over the last couple of years. I particular like menís golf sweaters.

I do my best to keep these women in plum jam, but I may need to ramp up my contributions-I so appreciate their gifts. (I tried direct repayment and didnít get anywhere.) These two women are so elegantly well-dressed, it thrills me to know that much of the clothing they wear is from thrift shops and garage sales. Neither of them carries any extra weight, so everything they do wear, no matter what the cut or style, looks beautiful.

Oh, and yet more frugal good news. I have a garage saling date for Saturday, and I made a big pot of beans so I have seven lunches in the freezer. Oh happy day.

5 Responses to “Mighty Fine day in Frugal Land”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    Ooh... I LOVE vintage pyrex!

  2. boomeyers Says:

    You rock! What a bounty! Nothing beats free (unless they are paying you too!) I'm glad so much worked out! What in the world would you do with three tubs of peanut butter? Keep up the great work! It really helps keep the rest of us pumped up too! (I blab all the time about my finds. Try taking a tour of my house!!! Hand me down, garage sale, trash pick....)

  3. contrary1 Says:

    I got notified I "got" a Freecycle item too this week. Rolls and rolls of chicken wire...........just in time to finish off the fencing for our coop and run. Free is such a good price!!

    I've got 2 items to give to freecycle folks too..........although neither has been here when they first scheduled. One more chance & then I'm moving on down my back up list.

  4. jodi_m Says:

    I love, love, love Freecycle! The only thing better than garage-saled is free!! However, the last three items I have responded to have gotten me NO response...grr.
    I also tend to blurt out the price of items I have purchased when I get a compliment on them...mostly because I like to see the 'jaw drop' ("You mean you got that for $1 at a garage sale??"). I figure it never hurts to spread the frugal bug around.

  5. markio26 Says:

    i have only gone to two garage sales this year and they were both highly overpriced on their items..
    $15 for a dress????????????

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