Some Silly Things I Will Do Save Money
I recently spent some time planning my spending and budget. While doing this, I spent some time thinking about things I do to save money.
I wonder if some of these things are silly. I suppose I can share them and let readers decide.
I Use Grocery Store Bags as Trash Bags
I save plastic and paper bags I get from shopping and restaurants to reuse as trash bags. I fill these tiny bags up and tie them up. I use as many as needed.
While shopping, I grab some extra bags and take them. When I worked at Walmart, I bring home extra bags as well.
Free Things From Work Part 1
I often take every thing I can for free from work. Legally speaking, of course. I am not talking about theft.
What kinds of things am I talking about?
- Condiment packets
- Packets of sugar
- Plastic silverware
Some might call this a bit petty. I suppose it is, but I feel it is my way of getting that extra pay I keep wishing I get someday.
Free Stuff From Work Part 2
When I worked at Walmart, free food was given out to employees.
You bet I ate my fill. I also took some extra things home. Yes. I am one of those people. I am a sucker for free food. So I take advantage of it.
But I don’t work at Walmart anymore. I now work at Amazon.
They also give out free snacks sometimes. You bet while getting free sugar cookies, I grabbed two instead of one.
I am not feeling guilty or sorry. Both cookies tasted great.
I also got a free bottle of Gatorade and some other snacks as well.
Free Things From Work Part 3
While working at Amazon, I also got some free tee shirts. I also got a nice hoodie while working during their peak time.
I use these free clothes as work clothes now. Since I work four days a week, I have enough free Amazon shirts to last me a week.
I got a free mug as well.
Yes, I am a bit obsessive when it comes to free stuff.
Free Stuff From Restaurants
Restaurants are also a great way to get free condiments. Well, they used to be anyway. Places are a bit more strict on this. Some even charge for extra.
Sigh. I miss the days of never needing to buy ketchup from hoarding-free packets. Maybe people like me are what caused restaurants to make changes!
You can get extra silverware and napkins.
You might wonder. Don’t I have these things at home?
I do. But I try to save what I have and use what I get for free first.
Reader, I am lazy. So by using free plastic silverware, I can avoid washing dishes. Sorry, environmentalists.
Food containers from restaurants are not something you want to use long-term. But they are nice to reuse once or maybe twice. I often save them for meals to bring to work.
Don’t forget about the plastic bags! As if I even need anymore at this point.
Free Money Part 1
Often while walking around, I see coins on the ground. Some people find picking up pennies an act that is beneath them. I have always found that a bit odd. I don’t feel this way at all.
If having more money means just bending over and picking it up, you bet I will do it! I save all my coins up, and maybe in 10 years, I have like $100 or something.
Often I find some free change near cash registers in stores. Neither employees or shoppers feel like picking this spare change up. I do.
Once while young, I went around my neighborhood on a hunt for pocket change. I found enough money to head to a gas station and buy a snack.
I now have this odd habit of looking at the ground while walking around. I look down and scan around every once and a while.
There are stores called Aldi near me, and these stores have carts that need a quarter to use in the store. Some people refuse the return their carts for their quarter. So I will take it back for them, and now I have a free quarter.
Free Money Part 2
As a kid, I sometimes found change in vending machines by pressing the return change button.
I also used to check payphones or anything that had a spot for change to be returned. I often found free pennies this way.
I quickly gained a habit of walking up to anything that had coin slots and looking for coins.
I also found pocket change from arcade machines. People would put in 2/3 coins and walk away or something. So I press the return coin button and find myself a free 50 cents.
But the silliest or funny way I got free change?
While in Vegas with my dad I saw a slot machines ticket for three cents. So I grabbed it and redeemed it for the free money.
I lost way more money than I gained that day. But you bet I left with my free pocket change!