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More junk food... but if I'm not the one eating it, I don't feel bad... Got a free Quarter pounder with points for DD18 the other day, and today BK gave me one 3-piece french toast sticks to go with the two I was buying (total of three homeless people I see on Wednesday mornings...)

Know what I DIDN'T get for free? A goody bag that included a $130 stethoscope. Apparently they were giving them away at my school yesterday, but I was at my Dr's appointment... boo hiss... I don't really need another one, but still... :(
 

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Hi everyone! I’ve been on the road a lot with company lately. Here’s a list of some of the things we’ve gotten for free.
  • Free meals courtesy of company. She treated us to several restaurant meals and has cooked several meals for us from food she has purchased.
  • A free ferry ride - round trip - to PEI and back. An $82 CAD value.
  • A couple of free live oysters from a sympathetic fishmonger who knew neophytes when he saw them.
  • A free cutwork “tablecloth” that is too wide for the average table. I’m planning on remaking it into a duvet cover.
  • Free silicone bakeware. My niece laft home ten years ago and over the years has deposited stuff at her mom’s, my sister, in the garage. They finally have her permission to get rid of her stuff. I was the first person they thought could use the stuff. I was selective.
  • Free plastic Tupperware storage containers
  • Free Speers seven grain hot cereal mix - 7 cups of it! That will last a while!

    I love visiting family!​
 

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I DID end up getting a stethoscope gift bag. SCORE!!!!! Again, it's not that I really NEEDED a new one, it is exactly like the one I already have-- but nice to have a spare. I am more excited about the trauma sheers (emergency scissors) and penlight that were also in the bag. Can never have enough of those!

I was MOST excited about the paper gift bag itself, ironically enough... I have used up all of my stash of non-Christmas paper gift sacks and am using 2 per week for homeless care packages right now... it feels wrong somehow to spend money on bags that could be spent on something small IN the bags... but at the same time, while I have plenty of plastic grocery sacks, I use those for cat litter--so using it for care packages, while practical, just doesn't feel right to me...

At my new clinical, one of the doctors gave me a little lanyard to hang my n-95 around my neck when I'm not actively wearing it (like when I'm at lunch or something) and that thing is WONDERFUL! And my preceptor gave me a pair of cheap/flimsy goggles, which are WAY better than having to wear the cheap/flimsy face shield alternative, so I'm pretty happy about it!!!

Today I got DD18 a free quarter pounder with points, but both kids were with me, so it was expensive anyway. :)

And-- not exactly "free"... but DD14 spend her OWN money on her overpriced yarn today, so that is money I didn't spend, and I'm happy about it. And both girls spent their own money at the Halloween store tonight, which was a nice change...
 

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Help with a chicken flock downsizing and got free chicken meat!!
Another participant hadn't a bag of sawdust in his truck and needs to closest space so I got that for my composting toilet. Saved me buying a bale of peat moss.
 

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Got various mail order catalogs from places I got clothing from for our yearly top-up (I'm an odd size that usually isn't in the thrift stores). Sighed, went online to unsubscribe from it all, dumped them in the recycle bin. Ten minutes later it hits me: I'm decoupaging on cardboard for Christmas ornaments and each of those catalogues has a section with a holiday theme. Particularly the Amazon Christmas catalog which also has some stickers, cutouts, and little games for children (or childish adults) in it! So for the price of amusing the neighbors seeing me wrong side up retrieving everything from the bottom of the bin, I now have a good amount of decoupage material. How silly am I? I almost pitched them. And I bet if I post on NextDoor that I'd like old copies of Victoria or Mother Earth News magazines, I'd have a pile of them as people clean out their house. Plus all the clip art you can find for free. My mom used to make stamps from potatoes and I'm going to look that up too.

I also have no need for wrapping paper which was still on my scrounge list, but we have a small surplus of brown paper bags from grocery delivery during lockdown. Mme. Homebody MUST-REMEMBER-TO-REPURPOSE! I know this and I keep sorting and tossing into the Goodwill or recycle pile, then thinking "are you really going to go buy something when you could make it?" The neighbors are going to start wondering about me...
 
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