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A friend brought me free dinner the other evening and another dropped off duck meat I helped her can in a basket that said she did NOT want it back. I ate the free dinner but passed on the basket (I have too many).
I've gotten some wood scraps to enhance my firewood pile. They make great kindling.
 

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A friend brought me free dinner the other evening and another dropped off duck meat I helped her can in a basket that said she did NOT want it back. I ate the free dinner but passed on the basket (I have too many).
I've gotten some wood scraps to enhance my firewood pile. They make great kindling.
This place has both kindling and chunky blocks. Furniture factory. Another place I go by, builds modular homes and often has softwood scraps (lumber) so I get a good mix.
 

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not much free but library not selling books but giving the book sale ones away so got a few xmas mysteries. not sure if that was oct or nov though.
 

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there was a 2nd harvest distribution at work. I went ahead and got the allotment for a household of "1" and shared it out with like 3 people! A bag of "creamy" mashed potatoes, about 3lbs. A 5lb bag of russian fingerling potatoes, 8lbs of bananas that had to be used THAT DAY, a box of cereal! (I haven't had cereal in forever and passed that on), 1lb of spinach rotini pasta, 3 loaves of bread!!! (passed some of that on, kept a loaf of dark rye for myself), 5lbs of celery (passed quite a bit of that on as well...too much for me to eat or use up). I made banana bread from as many of the bananas as I could, put a few in the work freezer for later, and passed the rest on to the neighbor....and honestly the ones that were just too far gone and dissolving in the bag went to my chickens to be turned into eggs (and chicken poop...). SO MUCH FOOD. I still had onions from going to 2nd harvest once last month, and 2lbs of carrots that I got for 5lbs for a dollar at a farmers market. And a ton of garlic from the community garden so ...soup for me tonight. Really good. I had it with some rye bread.
The banana bread burned so unfortunately the chickens got the burned part too. I hate to waste but baking in a casserole on top of the wood stove with a metal dishpan over it to make a dutch oven...should have gone smaller. I have baking tiny breads and cakes or muffins sorted out but went big and ended up making a mistake. Still...worth nothing that the flour I used was also a gift from an over abundance at a food distrubution event. So...I really hate wasting it and I ate the bits that were remotely edible and the chickens get the rest.
 

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It's so nice to have chickens to eat up the excess!!

Got a good bunch of holiday fabric scraps from a free box, will cut them up for charm squares for sale. Two jars of black currant jam, someone donated to food shelf but we can't give them out if they are home-made.
 

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Just went to 2nd harvest. They were giving out pre-packed boxes of pasta, sauce, brown rice, canned veg and canned fruit! Probably 20 meals or more with about half of those being fully balanced with fruit and veg. Special K cereal (too expensive for me to buy!) spinach pasta, frozen veggies in small amounts (I'm going to make a soup with those right away), bananas only good for animal feed, 3 loaves of bread (oroweat brand, I got 2 ryes and a sandwich things), Crackers, frozen bread sticks (I skipped those...no freezer) and few other random items. If we went into "lock down" right now this is all the perfect complement to all the meat and beans and lentils I have stored. This is up there with the time they handed out 10lb bags of flour. I'll share out what I got. It's more than I need and others will appreciate it too. Maybe some to the tiny free pantry.
 

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sounds like it is the season! a colleague brought me 3 types of jerky today. I actually need to ask people to slow down or pace themselves. i'm sharing out as fast as I can.
 

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I haven't been posting in these threads since I hadn't been getting anything free, or so I thought. I just realized that I have received free one tank of gas each month since June for my CX9 plus 2 small gas cans of free gas along with that. (I had enough bonus points on my grocery card each month to get the one tank free, up to 25 gallons of gas) We have put the gas cans of gas that we haven't used in the lawn mower into one of the other vehicles here so gas budget has been relatively small for the last few months. I also got my free turkey this month too. I keep thinking I won't get the free tank of gas each month, but surprise myself that I get it. a true blessing.
 

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I was able to use my gas rewards for grocery items this month. Cents off gas converted to points for the promotion. So far I have redeemed points for:

2 32oz cartons chicken broth
10lbs russet potatoes
1 package apple turnovers
1 package cream cheese

It runs through christmas and I am hoping they mix it up a little in December. I don't want any cookies, crackers, chips, soda, or whipped topping.

I would have saved less than $1 using the points to gas up my car.
 
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