Yesterday I wrote a blog post asking readers to share the cheapest things they’d ever done. And boy-oh-boy did the stories come to the surface! From one woman who made herself a temporary tooth from Fimo clay to another woman who bathed in roof runoff when her water was shut off due to a hurricane!
And as much as you can read the comments by clicking here, I thought it was best to devote an entire blog post to some of the more impressive stories.
Road kill vegetables. I live in an area where they grow cauliflower and look forward to harvest. I drive down the road and pick up the cauliflower that bounces off the top of the farm trucks. One fall, I never bought a single cauliflower and we eat a lot of it!
A wealthier family live around the corner and had an annual yard sale with their high end goods. One year in particular they put out their massive pile of leftovers and I carted it all home to sort through and keep or re-home. In this pile were pretty designer undies in just my size- used but in like new condition. We were so “poor” that I truly couldn’t pay the bills and buy new underwear- which I surely could use. So I washed them and wore them for years. I am not in a position now where I can’t afford new undies and I do prefer them, it taught me to humble myself and I can honestly look back with satisfaction!
We do a lot of trading and bartering. My favourites have been my husband installing a garage door for our lawyer in exchange for having our wills done and doing roof repairs in exchange for veterinary services. My farm boy/former contractor husband can fix or build anything and has saved us a fortune over the years.
I’ve done a lot of cheap things so it’s hard to pick one. Perhaps it’s the time when my neighbors set out a vintage bouncy horse in good shape for the trash. . the night before my garage sale. Yes, I trashpicked it and sold it for $40. Not sure if they noticed!
Our fridge was dying. I saw a newer, larger fridge with defrost on the road with a free sign on it. After getting this thing home I found out it worked great. The power company picks up old fridges for free. Wait, it gets better. They will give us 25 bucks if we can show its working. Out comes the extension cord right to the curb, so I can show its working. The power company contractor arrives with some free compact fluorescent bulbs, but no they will not give us that amount. Our fridge was an older model so we got 50 bucks! (For a free fridge!?!!)
Back about 20 years ago we moved into a house where the dining room rug was a very stained baby blue monstrosity that no matter how many times I cleaned it just looked terrible. To say we didn’t have the funds to replace it is an understatement. So, I went out and bought navy blue liquid Rit dye, took a toothbrush and spent evenings on my knees working the full strength dye into the rug fibers with the toothbrush. It took a lot of time but that I could afford.
I could share just about every comment, but where would be the fun in that?! You need to click HERE to read all of yesterday’s comments, and perhaps even share your own!
By the way, the above photo is a cheap toilet seat that’s currently sitting in my neighborhood. I noticed the other day that the “Free to good home” had been edited to read “Free” with the rest crossed out. I guess the owners are lowering their standards for this toilet seat adoption. 😉
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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