Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Minimalist: Freebies

Possibly the toughest thing to resist taking home: freebies.


A few months ago I brought home a pretty pink and purple water bottle that is the style I never use. Sasha has played with it, but otherwise it is just taking up valuable space. So when faced with freebies, I try to stop and ask myself:

  • Will I really use this item?
  • Do I already have something doing the job this item would do?
  • Do I need this item?
    and my newest question:
  • Will I have space and a use for this item in our Travel Trailer?

These questions help me decide (more often than not) not to take an item home. However, as the holidays approach, there is another question springing to mind:

Would this make a good Giftmas present for someone on my list?

Sound awful? My unemployment runs out very soon and Giftmas is looking pretty sparse this year. We went to our first local Down Syndrome meeting Thursday and they gave us a lot of freebies (including a water bottle of the same style I mentioned above)!

Some of the stuff we got will make excellent presents! With a new family member arriving soon that has Down Syndrome, I think some of my family members would appreciate that these items have the local logo on them. The quality of the items is awesome! So I definitely got some Giftmas done.

How do you resist freebies or even crazy cheap stuff?

2 comments:

  1. LOL! My husband is the guy who you see dragging a dresser five blocks because "it was sitting on the side of the road and it's STILL GOOD!" We're lucky to have a basement area because of all of the crap.. I mean, stuff he brings home. I won't let one more thing into our apartment unless he gets rid of something comparable. So, his dresser (which IS a good one) will be allowed upstairs as soon as he decides which one he wants to take out and give away (thank god for Freecycle!) Just be glad you're worrying over a water bottle ;)

    He did hit the jackpot when some neighbors who came into a little money moved out. He found tons of brand new candles, jewelry, and clothes tossed into trash bags and left in the dumpster. Yeah, he gets a 10 for his Dumpster Swan Dive! Anyway, these things will all make great gifts, come holiday time. And no one but you, me, and your readers have to know where the stuff came from!

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  2. My mom can't turn down a freebie, and as the recipient of many of those freebies, I must say that I have no problem Good Will'ing them ;)

    But you're right - always look at re-gifting options! Why not?!

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