The most outrageous thing we did when we were flat broke!!
by, 03-20-2009 at 04:49 PM (4839 Views)
It was near Thanksgiving time and we had no food - I mean NO FOOD. Our local grocery store held a turkey giveaway. All you had to do was collect a certain amount of receipts (I think it was $200) during the contest period and you presented them in a special envelope for a voucher for a free turkey!!
During the dates of the contest they started printing their receipts on the bright yellow paper to make sure people knew these were the only receipts acceptable.
One day after counting out the pennies in my jar to buy a loaf of bread for PBJ's I saw a receipt lying on the ground in the parking lot of the grocery store. Someone had bought patio furniture to the tune of $250 dollars - I raced back in to the store and handed it over for a free turkey!! I had the butcher cut it in quarters and we ate well that day!
Then I got an idea - how many other people were just tossing their receipts? How many free turkeys could I get???? Turned out there was no limit! I started combing the parking lot for yellow slips of paper. We would go late at night and learned which bushes they got caught in because of the way the wind blew in the parking lot. I became a master at opening the car door just the right way so I could continue to drive while scooping up a receipt (my husband was driving - not me!)
I went inside and learned when they swept the front of the store and picked the yellow slips out of the garbage pile when they were done sweeping. I went through garbage cans and found every place I could to get receipts.
I took them home and put as close to $200 in each envelope as I could get using the tiny ones I found to bring it up to $201.69 or $200.98 so as not to waster a penny of the found slips!
In the end we got 12 free turkeys total!! I hade them all quartered and started to collect turkey recipes! We were so thankful to have meat we ate the entire year off those free turkeys!
When my family found out what I had done they were embarrassed for me - but the people at the store were cheering me on (and some cashiers dropped receipts at my feet as they casually walked by!) We never went on welfare though that whole terrible period - were drove around at night and garbage picked scrap aluminum and metal, sold junkyard finds at the flea market, and did anything we could to survive.
To this day I still LOVE turkey!!!!!