Since I’ve started hounding, I’ve been able to not only provide more for my family for less money, but I have been able to provide more to family members and friends that may be in need. I love how much I have been able to give without feeling like I was taking away from my own home!
Take last week, for example. On Sunday, I was able to put together a bag of goodies for my Aunt and Grandfather’s house, just because. I went through my stockpile and saw a few things that I had plenty of and decided that it was time to start sharing again. I sent off these items to them via my Mother(she sees my Grandfather pretty much every week so I send off the goodies with her). Even after my Mom picked out the items that she wanted from the pack(she’s notorious for doing this….she calls it “oldest sister’s prerogative”), there was still a good amount left.
Next, I wanted to take some of my free items down to the military base while I was away for my week. I knew that I had a ridiculous amount of cereal and snacks in my pantry and even if I kept them here, we wouldn’t get through them all until next year sometime. I decided to take a few bags of goodies with me and buy a gallon of milk once I got down there. I also took the free rubbermaid take along containers(not pictured) I got a few months ago and let the guys use those all week for their cereal. I was so happy to see it diminish throughout the week. I was thanked by at least a few people everyday for bringing the goodies. I ended up saving money for many of the guys because they didn’t have to stop at a fast food place every morning to purchase breakfast. It was already waiting for them at work!
Last but not least, I looked one more time at my stockpile and saw yet even more items that I was willing to share with others. I had taken care of my family and friends, but who else could I share with? Then it hit me. I had been washing clothes most of last Monday and had seen the empty table in the laundry room. I decided to put together a box of freebies and place it on the table there to share with my neighbors. Here in my complex, people aren’t really that friendly to one another. We say hello, but only if the person is right in front of you and you can’t avoid them. I call this the “New Jersey plague” because most New Jerseyans love to avoid talking to one another, even more so than New Yorkers. The paranoia runneth over in these parts. I put these items in the box and printed out a sign that called it a “karma box.” I instructed my neighbors to take any item they were in desperate need of and to continue the good karma, leave some items for others to enjoy. I also directed them to the freecycle website for our area and encouraged them to take a peak. Freecycle has helped us so much, I figured I should lead a few of my neighbors to it as well. I made sure I took the box over when no one was there(don’t want any type of recognition….defeats the whole “anonymous”thing) and I never went back to see if all of the items where taken. I left that one up to the universe.
And guess what? Everyday I was on military duty, I ended up finding some type of money….whether it was a quarter, or a twenty dollar bill(that’s right!), it seemed to gravitate to me. Was that karma? Maybe. All I know is that it felt great to share all of those things and float on a cloud. Finding the funds was definitely just a bonus :o)