WOW! I got several “likes” and a couple of new followers from the first instillation of my frugal day post. I hope the rest of the story is equally popular.
For several years I have volunteered at a neighborhood school, helping with an after-school club called ECO CUBS. Eco Cubs offers forth – sixth graders opportunities in outdoor learning activities and environmental awareness.
How is this frugal? As well as the satisfaction of passing on my love of nature to the future generation, I get a lot of entertainment from my time spent with the children. Two hours of FREE entertainment every other week is FRUGAL entertainment.
As a thank you gift the teacher-advisor of the group gave me a gift card to Wild Birds Unlimited. I immediately knew that I wanted to use it to purchase a new finch feeder (one the squirrels can’t raid).
Gift card in hand I set out.
The agenda for the day:
Wild Birds Unlimited
Visit with my sister.
I stopped at four thrift stores: two Goodwills, St. Vincent de Paul and Deseret Industries.
At the first Goodwill I picked up:
A bag full of toothbrushes (to be donated to a rescue mission)
4 jelly jars. Goodwill sells all mason jars for 20¢ each. I make homemade jams and give it as gifts so I’m always on the look out for inexpensive jelly jars.
A puppet pattern. I just think it’s cute. I love to sew and some time in the future I’ll need a gift for a child.
Next stop Deseret Industries
I spent $1.37
On a hook to display one (of my many) bird ornaments.
and a basket that I’m using as towel storage but I may come up with a differant use later on.
At my second Goodwill I was delighted to find.
The very finch feeder that I planned to get with the WBU gift card. Although it needed a good cleaning it was in perfect condition. The price at GW is much more reasonable with tax it came to $4.37.
I’ve always got my eye out for found money, and for some reason I always find a penny or two at this particular Goodwill. So I was a little disappointed when I left without finding anything. That is until I got to the parking lot where I found not a penny but a dime.
My 4th thrift store was St. Vincent de Paul. I didn’t find anything there.
To be continued……….
Do you pick up change (or bills) you find on the ground? Why or why not?