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Old 05-11-2006, 08:16 AM
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Lightbulb frugality beyond my dreams

My mother-in-law does what she calls street shopping.When she finds things that my family could use she brings them to me, whether it be clothes or misc.. then we donate the rest of the "booty" to shelters or goodwill. You'd be amazed at what others throw away. I also save my plastic bags that my newspapers come in for trash that we my create in the car.
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:05 PM
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Great work!

Before moving to NC we used to "curb-side" shop. I have found some wonderful things!

Here in NC (at least around our neighborhoods), You will very rarely see anything that is worth keeping. Usely when it is discarded, it's life is over.


Have you signed up with your local FreeCycle Groups? Sometimes you can find some great things there too. Plus, you can list your extra stuff for someone in need as well.


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Old 05-14-2006, 10:54 AM
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Our city had it's city wide spring clean up when the trash company will haul away anything you put out that they don't normally take during the year. I was able to gleen 3 dinning room chairs, big wheel, tv stand, about a dozen flower pots, sweater dryer.

Last year I gleened cement flower bed edgers that now grace my front two flower beds. We also pulled 2 swim noodles out of the trash last fall to use this summer.

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Old 05-14-2006, 07:13 PM
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Our curbside is just starting so we'll see what is out there.
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Old 05-15-2006, 04:50 AM
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Thumbs up Garbage Day!

Actually my boyfriend of 6 years has made somewhat of a profit of his finds. We have several almost new bagless vacs, seems they were clogged so they were thrown away. He fixes them, and resells.

Does the same for bicycles and computers. It is absolutely amazing what people throw away.

We do freecycle too. Anything we cannot sell or re-use, goes to freecycle.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:42 AM
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frugality beyond my dreams

I am raising my granddaughter who is 13 and had been trying to save up enough money to buy her a basketball backboard net and etc. anyway our local server has a list where customers can list things to sell or need, while I was looking at the things for sell there was a backboard, hoop , and pole for free.
I contacted them and all we had to buy was a net and then set the pole in the ground , so that was really frugalality for me
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Old 05-15-2006, 04:42 PM
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I am raising my granddaughter who is 13 and had been trying to save up enough money to buy her a basketball backboard net and etc. anyway our local server has a list where customers can list things to sell or need, while I was looking at the things for sell there was a backboard, hoop , and pole for free.
I contacted them and all we had to buy was a net and then set the pole in the ground , so that was really frugalality for me
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Wow!! That was wonderful!!
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Old 05-20-2006, 05:10 AM
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oh yeah you have to try the "Freecycle" our local one has helped me and others!!! and some one could use what you are about to toss...the better!!! it has another chance with someone else!!!I got some nice wicker a neighbor was tossing and we used it one season....and had no place to store sooo someone on Freecycle came and got it and made her very happy!!!!
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Old 05-20-2006, 08:34 PM
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I have used freecycle in my area, too. Both for getting & giving.
That is how I got my moonflowers last year!
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