Wednesday, August 3, 2011

20 Free Things

Here's 20 free things I have done in the past couple of weeks:
  1. Went volksmarching (I didn't pay because I am not after any awards.  It was a refreshing 10k walk with lots of great scenery and nice people to talk to).
  2. Went to a community meeting for one of the non profits I used to work with (besides seeing people I haven't seen for a while, they serve free snacks.  I love meetings with free food!).
  3. Wandered around Costco (and ate plenty of free, yummy food samples plus I didn't buy a thing!).
  4. Watched a parade (actually I didn't even know a parade was going on until we practically drove through it so we stopped, parked, got out of the car, and watched it).
  5. Went to Barnes and Noble (my favorite place to relax and read magazines for free).
  6. Went to a free movie at the Navy base (it wasn't something I would go out of my way to see but it was OK and it was free).
  7. Went to a community fair (it happened to be a gay pride fair and I'd never seen so many trannys in my life!  They had lots of free handouts and there was free entertainment as well).
  8. Went to a party (friends invited us and there was tons of free food. Yummy!).
  9. Gave away a bunch of clothes and shoes I no longer need when I met up with my sister (I love to give stuff away, it's a habit, and it makes other people happy).
  10. Took a walk with the hubby along the waterfront (sun, great views, awesome hubby...what more can I ask for?).
  11. Got a free drink from Starbucks.  They made a mistake with my drink so gave me a free drink coupon to use later.
  12. Made plans with my friends in Japan (via email so that too was free which is way cheaper than a letter or phone call).
  13. Found a free car seat for a lady who came into our Center and couldn't afford one (some agencies in our area provide free child safety seats so we just connected her with them).
  14. Got enough apples to choke a horse (a friend went to Eastern Washington and brought back a huge bag of apples and gave me a big sack of them.  Yummy...and free).
  15. Played racquetball (also free at the navy base).
  16. Reinforced my Japanese skills for free (at this website).  I'm still studying away with my books but I like the online quizzes better.
  17. Got free white strips (they were sitting in the cabinet at the cousin's house where we are staying and they looked dusty so I told her if she didn't need them I would be happy to use them and she said go ahead.  Now my teeth are getting whiter.  Happy).
  18. I've taken a ton of photographs.  I am not a great photographer by any stretch of the imagination but I do like to take pictures and with a digital camera, this is pretty much a free hobby).
  19. Got an extra 25% off a purse I was buying.  The sales clerk knew me and asked why I didn't use the coupon that came in the mail (I told her our mail goes to a remailing center and they toss all of the junk mail before sending the rest to us) so she gave me the coupon that went out in the mailer.  So while the purse wasn't free, I did get a free coupon that usually is only mailed to customers and I did save 25%.
  20. Found some old clothes I hadn't seen in a while.  I was complaining to hubby that my clothes were old and I was tired of wearing the same thing all the time so before we went to the mall (smart hubby) we stopped by the storage shed and he hauled out a tub of my old clothes.  There was stuff in there I had forgotten all about! So no need to go to the mall, I just picked out some clothes to take back to the house and it was almost like shopping, only free.


  1. That's pretty cool! Sounds like you did some fun free stuff this month. Nice job :)

  2. Yay for hubby! Gotta stay away from that bad mall! I saw this article on CNN Money and thought of you...