As you are reading this, I am on my way to the southern part of the state to pick up a brand new, FREE, nursery set. No, it wasn’t a lucky find on craigslist, or even freecycle, but something that we were blessed with because I opened my big, frugal mouth.
When we found out that we were pregnant and that the first trimester was almost behind us, I made a point of telling as many friends and family about our new blessing. Besides the fact that we were excited, I wanted to “put the vibe out” that any and all deals when it came to baby were welcomed. Whether is was told to us through phone calls, e-mail, or through other family members, all was appreciated. I even made sure to spread the word with my non-frugal friends. Since hubby and I are in our twenties, so are most of our friends. Out of those “20-somethings” there may be only a few that appreciate saving, frugality and stretching a buck. I knew it was a long-shot asking them to keep an eye out, but it was worth a shot.
In comes our dear friend Andy. Andy is actually a friend of mine from my base, but once he and hubby met, they hit it off too. My military buddy has an eagle-eye for deals, as long as they pertain to his interests and the interests of his friends. On Monday, he happened to check our base e-mail and found out that there is a yearly baby furniture gala going on Thursday. At this gala, they give brand new nursery sets(crib, changing table and crib sheets) or children’s bedroom sets to qualifying military members. For Free. He immediately forwarded the e-mail to me AND sent me a text message telling me to jump on this. There were limited amounts to give away, so I needed to register ASAP. Of course, like the busy bee I am, I took care of it and got my confirmation. My free nursery set will be waiting for me tomorrow morning. Ka…..Ching.
I write all this to say, we have to remember to continue opening our big, frugal mouths. All of my friends and family members know that I love to work deals, build on my stockpile, and grow my family on a minimal budget. But, every once in a while, you have to remind them again. It’s also wise to not rule out those that you know really aren’t frugal. Because they aren’t doesn’t mean that one day, they may save you hundreds of dollars on something you desperately need.
Do you all have something you need to spend on soon, but are dying to find a deal on? Have you spread the word to family and friends?