All the above items were FREE. I received a packet of coupons for a grocery store and two of the coupons were for a free bag of frozen vegetables and a free bag of mini carrots. Chuck's aunt gave us the watermelon and corn which are both from her garden.
We had a daytime event to attend. It included a pitch in lunch but the bad thing was that it was an hour and half from home. I knew that since the event wouldn't end until around 5 that we would be hungry on the way home. I packed a cooler for us to eat dinner on the drive home.
Chuck took a load of steel/aluminum to the recycle center. The items in the trash cans are steel and aluminum cans. We rinse them and throw them into the cans until we have enough to take in. We find that people are more then happy to give us their steel junk. This load wasn't very heavy and Chuck still came home with around $80.
This is the top piece of the back of the van that covers the brake light. Chuck opened the back hatch and it fell off. He wasn't able to get it back on and after looking at it discovered that one of the brackets that clip it into place had been broken and then hot glued back on. We assume the previous owner may have broken the piece while trying to change the light bulb for the brake light. Chuck priced a replacement and it was $280. Ouch! Anyway, Chuck was able to use a heat gun and mold the broken piece back together. A couple of the plastic bolts also broke. They aren't a normal part that the dealership sells, but we know the guy at the parts desk at the dealership. He thought it was nuts that we would have to buy a replacement part when we only need a couple of bolts so he tracked down some for us for a total cost of $5. Whew... grateful for friends!
Uploaded a receipt to Checkout51 and added $0.50 to my account.
So there you go. I hope this encourages you to do things to save money. The old adage that every penny counts seems to apply more and more as I see prices of just about everything increase. I am not sure I will have five things to post about every week as many times my frugal accomplishment is simply staying home and making do with what I have. I find it encouraging to hear about others frugal adventures.
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!