Friday, November 21

Freebies, Give-A-Ways and Good Stuff


For some reason the less money I make the richer I feel. This should not be confused with a desire to live in a cardboard box, pushing a grocery cart around as eternal bliss. What I mean is.....we made a decision to attend grad school....in another country.....where they speak another language. Hmmmm. We understand that these might be the rough, not so smooth or easy years(Monetarily not love). I came to terms with the idea that when my husband finishes school I'm going to need some nips and tucks, perhaps a cane. (Ha.) It's important for a cougar to keep up with her Tom. (Name of a male cougar not my husband.)

Last year a little Betty C. and Martha came out in me. I became Betartha. The whole idea of shopping for groceries took on an entirely new meaning, i.e. Bargain Shopping. Now, I have done this for years with my clothing. No ooh icks from the audience. It has it's rewards and adventures. I'm not picking up used Disney sweatshirts with coffee stains. Last time I went I found Ralph Lauren, Patagonia and cute Gap items. They didn't have stains, holes or smell like mothballs. Anywho, I started price comparing, buying in bulk and day old-ing it. Not so creepy, right? I even utilized my pumpkins that were never carved by making soup and muffins. Yummy!

Through all of this I have come to realize that free food tastes better and cheaper items give me a little pep in my step. How does this relate to anything? It doesn't I just wanted to tell you....kidding.

It is the holiday season and I think everyone is feeling the pinch. I don't know about you, but when I open my mail box and there is package within, I am instantly a little happier. Even if it is a diaper sample from Pampers. I find a way to use the darn thing because it was sent to me...and it was free. With a little blog surfing I realized that there are a whole bunch of people out there who feel the same way. One super pretty and obviously talented lady won an amazing Poppy painting for writing a cool post.



Let's have some linking fun. Let's see who can score a new flashlight or knee socks.
Most of the links you will have to look at the blog, read it and make a sincere comment. If you are like me, (I'm sorry if you are :D) I think it is fun to read what others have to say. Check it out daily... If you know of any let me know so I can spread the word. Links are in gadgets on the right: Freebies, Give-A-Ways and Good Stuff.

6 comments:

Kate said...

Love that printer!!!!! I left a post over there. Thanks for the link :)

Jill said...

I'm impressed with your new skills, and totally understand how satisfying it can be to accomplish things like that.

Jen said...

i love free stuff! :) grad students sort of flock towards it. especially free food!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I loved this post and it's true about the pinch. I'm feeling pinched all over the place.

Hey, thanks for the poppy-induced shout-out!

michelle said...

Your first sentence of this post just made me smile. That is a seriously good skill right there.

ElleBee said...

I found my way here from SITS. I totally understand what you mean about less money somehow equalling more happiness (or something like that!). I love to bargain shop! Last month, I found my best bargain yet at a Goodwill store--a Coach Station bag! I blogged about it here... http://working-diva.blogspot.com/2008/11/early-christmas-gifts.html