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Something borrowed, something free!

5 Aug

There’s been a lot happening over here at the same time that nothing’s been happening.  You know what I mean?  In a lot of ways, it’s the same thing day in and day out, but there’s just always something going on.

I’ve returned cans, I think, twice, since I saw you last.  The first time was a small haul–I just wanted them out of the garage, and I got 15 bucks.  The last time, last week, was bigger and I got 36.  I put the 15 in my wallet and squandered it on something frivolous, I’m sure and the $36 went into Addie’s savings.  We also had a yard sale a few weeks ago and made $156.  We went away for a weekend to a Lake and that was pretty much our gas and food money.  Man, Addie sure can put away some pancakes!

I’ve also been doing more massage jobs when they become available and you know how much I like me the random gig!  I did a sales pitch for a re-enactment tv show yesterday and took home a cool hundred…I think that will mostly go to debt.  Remember that time I played one of Tinkerbell’s friends at the premier of some new Tinkerbell movie? I applied glitter to three year olds and got paid $175.  I think that’s been my favorite random job.

Anyhoo, due to the extra work and all, I currently have $250.17 in one account and $56 in another.  So it’s a little like I never blew that 220 on tires! Woot!

The game is (sort of) back on!!!  I’m still horrible…I mean, rotten-awful….at not spending money on lunch or coffee.  It’s kind of ridiculous.

Oh! I also auditioned for the Pyramid game show coming back to GSN…and made it into the contestant pool! So you know, one of these days, I’ll win $25,000!!! Can’t wait for that little number! If you don’t know me that well, be informed: I’m a game-show whore and believe it’s my destiny to win a shit-ton of money.


(Is this show still on? I auditioned for this one…didn’t get on.)

Lastly, my friend Alex and I traded cookbooks and I think this is a great way to shake up the cooking and get some new recipes (free!) So borrow some cookbooks, y’all!  And more free….if you or someone you know is going to have a baby, have them go to http://www.uddercovers.com and enter Breastfeeding2012 in the code space at checkout and they can get a free breastfeeding cape.  Or pads…or, I think, carseat cover. I have no idea why these people give so much crap away, but they really do.  You just pay shipping.  I’ve gotten a sling AND a cape from them and they haven’t spammed me with other stuff or stolen money from my credit card.  Suspicious I am…but what the hell.  Free stuff!!!!

It’s like this one: 

Image   Go ahead! Let people think you’re a superhero who doesn’t know how to correctly wear a cape! Do it! For free!



Area woman not bragging; just “sayin’.”

19 Feb

I’m sort of into The Law of Attraction. And by “sort of” I mean, “obsessed.” I think about it a lot, read books and listen to the cds in the car. I watched The Secret, but don’t love The Secret. They don’t really tell you HOW to attract things, except to tell you to imagine you have stuff already. I wish I could find the spoof a friend sent me years ago…and if I do, I’ll post it. You’ll get a kick out of it. But moving on…

I find, at least some, comfort in thinking that I have, at least some, control over my life. Good, bad, whatever–I’ve created it in some way. A few years ago, I got some free stuff. I worked for a woman who was pretty plugged into Hollywood and got a lot of free clothes. She passed them onto me and I started chanting in my head, “people love to give me free stuff.” It seems the more I remember this, the more free stuff I get.

Sometimes the free stuff is coffee. Sometimes it’s a trip to St. Croix. And sometimes, it’s cashmere sweaters.

My friend Lorraine just gave me an enormous bag of free stuff last week. Here is a picture of a few items:

That is a cashmere cardigan hugging an honest-to-God Louis Vuitton purse. Now, I’m not a chaser of high end name brands, or name brands at all for that matter; BUT…if someone is going to give me a free LV purse, I’m not going to throw it back in their face. Granted, the strap on it is being held together with a safety pin at the moment, but if I wanted to invest ten whole dollars, I could get that fixed. I probably won’t. I don’t care about stuff like that. It’s “quirky” to have a purse held together with a safety pin. Or something.

Also, there’s that book, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker. It’s interesting. Given to me not by Lorraine, but my friend Paul at work. It talks about money “blueprints” and how we all have them from growing up around people with their own ideas about money. I believe that. And we need to change the blueprint to serve us better. Hard to do, but working on it.

So those are my free things at the moment. My husband and I went on The Newlywed Game in 2010 and won ourselves a honeymoon to St. Croix. This is by far the greatest free thing given us by the Universe. We had to pay taxes on it, but still. It was a good deal of free.

We got a baby out of that, too and although she’s nowhere near free, here’s a gratuitous picture of the baby:

Said woman plugged into Hollywood handed down to us a crib, valued at about $1600. We would never in our lives have even considered dropping that kind of cash on a crib and, up until she gave it to us, the crib I wanted I found on Craigslist for $80. But then she gave us one like this:

So we didn’t have to buy one at all.

I’m not bragging up in here, just sayin’. If you throw it out there that you expect some free crap, you just might get it. I mean, we have to pay for our fair share of stuff (like the new used fridge we bought to replace the one that pooped out on us last week) but still…People love to give me free stuff! And I’m pretty grateful for that.