Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A Free Tea Kettle and A Book For a Penny (Sorta)
“Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” ... John 6:12
So for years, every single morning, I'd heat water in a saucepan for my customized-by-me hot chocolate.
Now, it's not like we couldn't afford a (more convenient) tea kettle, but I kept forgetting to search for one at yard sales or simply order one online. But living with myself for so long, I've noticed I 'make do' with what I already have. A lot.
It's enabled me the extra pennies to faithfully feed my book addiction. Er hem.
Anyway, finally I own a tea kettle--and I got it free. In fact, I even made money purchasing it.
What? I simply ordered cat food for Sammy through Target online (rather than WalMart as has become my habit) and they sent me two $5 gift cards. I then, in my next order, used those cards for the $8.99 tea kettle. Plus, just 'buying' that kettle and more cat food netted me two more gift cards(!)
Technically, I earned $2.90 just by purchasing the tea kettle. ***
What's sad? People whine about Today's high prices, but perhaps they're actually moaning over their lack of imagination or not having a happy spirit of believing, trusting and seeking until they find.
But of course, using what one already has is marvelous, also. In fact, whole decades ago I discovered this book on a dusty library shelf in California:
Oh! As a young bride, I came away from Re-Uses feeling rich because I had spare tuna and soup cans. Cereal boxes, an old garden hose, milk jugs and newspaper. I took notes and felt clever while using Carolyn Jabs' money-saving ideas for many years.
You can read some of her creative ideas here (be sure to check out page two), but the book has a couple thousand more.
Don't ask me why I didn't order Re-Uses (for a penny, not counting shipping) until this morning. Must be a case of 'making do' again, you know, with the notes I took which then became ideas I now just use naturally.
But I can't wait until Re-Uses arrives and I rediscover all the forgotten turn-nothing-into-something ideas. Actually, it's a perfect prepper book for a possible future day when we'll all really, really need this stuff.
And as you already know, I so plan to be ready for that day.