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{April 19, 2009}   Diapers and Oranges

I just wanted to write a quick note before I head off to take a shower and go to bed to read some delicious books. Most likely I will stay up far too late and fall fast asleep bemoaning myself in the morning. This evening my friend and I headed out to pick up some free diapers for my baby. There were over 75 diapers in my daughter’s size. Best of all they were free (off of freecycle). The diapers themselves are a fantastic find but the drive was by far the highlight of this evening’s trip. The house that we drove to (a mere 17 minutes from my house) was literally surrounded by sweet smelling orange trees.

The pungent aroma of wayfaring orange blossoms impregnated the spring night air to an intoxicating level. Driving on the dusty highway I convinced my partner in crime to pull off the road, which he did begrudgingly. There lined on the side of the road were vast miles and miles of unattended sweet orange trees, their juicy orbs hanging off of whispering green leaves flittering slightly in the night air. The delicious fruit practically begged to be plucked from the limbs of the trees that held them. I figured that these trees were not fenced in; hence no one would mind if I plucked a few or took a few off the ground. Many already lay rotting in the moons blue light already. I scooped and plucked a few of the juicy spheres and planted them wistfully on my friend’s floor board. Soon the car was filled with the juicy aroma as we drove off into the night. I announced that his children, connoisseurs of fruit, should be the receivers of our bounty of oranges. I plan on going back very soon under cover of darkness to partake in the sensual aroma of the orange blossoms and of course gather up a few pieces of fruit.

Peace ~ Autumn



{April 19, 2009}   More Free Stuff!!

            It’s been a while since I posted…I think a week.  Work will do that to you.  I come home pretty much exhausted from yet another day, although I do love my job, I then squeeze in as much time as I can doing the things I love until I can no longer keep my eyes open.  Then I crash in bed, usually falling asleep reading something or another. 

Last week was not too good of a week for pick ups or treasure finds.  My eyes were cast to the sky, instead of to the ground…which is probably a commonality in bohemians.  I did not have the will nor the inclination to scavenge or look last week….my mind was elsewhere.  I find myself glittering from one subject to another ~ day to day ~ week to week.  It is hard for me to sometimes stay focused at times.  Often my reaction is to run away somewhere far with my family and live off the grid.  Traveling like gypsies from place to place, but again I digress, back to the free stuff topic at hand.

Most people do not realize the stuff that is available to them for absolutely free, heck sometimes I don’t even realize it! Living the Hippie Life or Bohemian Life, as what I like to call it has its ups and downs and often it does take work.  BUT ~ I work so hard for my money I don’t want to just let it slip away to expensive over priced stuff …..recently we have downsized from a two income family to a one.  So living the boho life can help…it can actually help a lot.  I am going to try my hardest to not flitter away like the butterfly that I am.  I am going to try and post as many tips as I possibly can think of for helping anyone interested living a more free life.  Free of stress, free of consumerism, and free of the having to have it all!

On to yesterday’s booty!  Yesterday was a great treasure day! Here is a list of all the wonderful items and things that I did on Saturday.

 

Yard Sales

4 necklaces ~ $1 each ~ $4 total

15 country decorative bunnies & dolls (ranging from 4 inches to 3 feet) $1 for ALL

2 birdhouses .25 cents

Baby Tee Shirt ~ .25 cents

 

Day Out

Went to the Zoo in Irvine ~ $2 per ticket (our daughter was free) ~ $4 total

 

FreeCycle

Another Car Seat:  This one was in excellent like new condition. ~ FREE

5 spider plants ~ FREE

Christmas tree in the pot ~ Delivered to us FREE 

 

Total Days Expenses:  $9.50

 

I have some major plans for pick up next week and tonight I am going to go scavengering around the neighborhood to see what I find.  If I find anything worth mentioning I shall post!

 

Peace ~

Hippie Chick



{April 9, 2009}   Scores and Splurges

UGH!  I cannot stand days that drain your soul of its energy.  Unfortunately today was one of those days.  I had to stay late at work and endure a tedious meeting that kept me away from my family.  I also ordered a pizza (yuck) because I didn’t want to cook; instead I wanted to spend time with my lovely daughter and husband.  The great thing is that tonight does not have to be crappy as well!  Tonight will be oh so much better than today!

I plan on reading and soaking in the bathtub for a while.  Maybe I will even do a few yoga poses.  That would be great.  Before I slip off into my own private oasis I wanted to go over a few things that I felt were definitely “scores” of the week that I did not get an opportunity to write about previously in my other blogs. 

 

Scores (AKA free stuff and great deals)

 

Hula Hoop:  I was given a perfectly good hula hoop that a coworker no longer wanted.  It is purple and is in utterly fabulous condition. Every adult should own a hula hoop!

 

Fresh Fruit and Veggies:  On the way home one evening this week I stopped at one of my favorite road side veggie stands.  There I stocked up on tomatoes, mangos, and plums.  I got all for the mere price of $3.00!  You can’t beat that!  I also felt a certain Zen like presence standing at the veggie stand among the rolling hills and breathing in all the fresh air.  Simply put nature will cure what is ailing you.

 

Pencil:  At work I found a pencil with a perfect eraser!  This isn’t just any pencil; it is a type of pencil I have not seen since my junior high school days.  They were my favorite brand until they discontinued them years ago.  How someone even has one is beyond me.  I quickly scoped up my nostalgic find!

 

Clothing Swap:  We are putting together a clothing swap at work to swap clothing!  How groovy is that?

 

Splurge (All the things I would rather spend my money on then bills and stuff)

 

Concert:  I am going to a rock concert in Hollywood this weekend with my husband.  We paid $100 bucks for two tickets but babysitting will be done by grandma so that is free. 

 

I would rather spend my hard earned money on nights out with my husband or traveling then give AT&T money or southern CA Edison.  My priorities are my family and good times.  Here’s to good times and more to come!

 

Cheers~

 

Autumn



{April 7, 2009}   Free Cycle Part 2

I wanted to write down a quick note before I race off to bed to begin a new book and enjoy my husband’s company. I usually don’t free cycle two nights in a row but tonight my BFF and I did a quick 10 minute trek to pick up a Graco car seat. It is in perfect condition. They run about $50 and up. I was very excited about our little find! Two nights of phenomenal free cycle pick ups! I wonder what tomorrow holds!!! Peace ~ Autumn



{April 6, 2009}   Another night of freebies~

Major score! Tonight on freecycle.org I scored 2 brand new pairs of adult fairy wings (one purple and the other black). Both are in pristine condition. No rips, tears, blemishes, nothing. They are totally utterly perfect! The funny thing is I have eyed these same exact wings for years. I just never wanted to cough up the 89.99 a piece that stores were asking for. Yes, you read that correctly. I got TWO sets of ninety dollar wings for free. From the same freecycler I also received 2 brand new Jessica Simpson CD’s. Although I do not care for her music my best friend’s 15 year old daughter adores her. I gave her the 2 CD’s and she was elated. My second freecycle stop consisted of a bag of Ann Taylor, Gap, and Abercrombie shirts. Over half of the shirts will fit me and I would wear them no problem. The other half I will give to my friend’s teenage daughters ~ whom are always glad to get something new. All in all for about 30 minutes worth of driving I received over $250 worth of merchandise tonight. The groovy thing is that almost all of the stuff I can use. The stuff I don’t want I will pass on to someone else who needs it or wants it. The karmatic circle goes on….. Peace Autumn



{April 6, 2009}   WOW I guess I am a slut!
You Scored as Carmen ElectraYou are most like Carmen Electra. You have undeniable beauty and sex appeal, and you don’t mind showing it off. Sex is like a hobby to you, and you are especially attracted to bad boys. However, even though your’re a major slut…you’re sweet and kind at heart.

Eva Longoria
 
78%
Carmen Electra
 
78%
Angelina Jolie
 
61%
Nicole Kidman
 
61%
Gwen Stefani
 
56%
Beyonce
 
44%
Kate Bosworth
 
11%
Paris Hilton
 
6%



{April 6, 2009}   What kind of girl are you?
You Scored as Slut

Slut
 
88%
Hippy
 
75%
Nerdy Girl
 
56%
Popular Bitch
 
50%
Athletic Tomboy
 
50%
Goth
 
44%
Loser
 
13%
Preppy Girl
 
0%

 

 

 

 

 

And all this time I thought I was a hippie.  ROTFL.  I guess I knew better.  Quizfarm.com



{April 5, 2009}   Door Knob Jam

            So after my husband and I got home last night from our wonderful night out, I came out into the living room to find him pounding on the door.  I thought he had locked himself out on accident.  Laughing I tried opening the door for him.  Funny, it wouldn’t open.  I checked to see if it was unlocked.  It was.  The door still wouldn’t budge an inch.  After 3 – 4minutes of fighting with the door my husband said he would go around to the backyard door.  Sadly, the doorknob was jammed.  Great, I rolled my eyes ~ not another expense.  My husband who is extremely mechanically inclined fumble with the knob for a good 25 minutes before reporting he would look at it in the morning.

            I woke up knowing I was going to have to make a jaunt to “Lowes” to pick up a new knob.  Surprisingly I walked into my living room to find the knob completely ripped off the door.  My husband announced that all it needed was some WD 40, which we already had.  15 minutes later the knob was as good as new!

            Often our first instinct is to run out and buy a new whatever, in this case knob.  But very often you can fix or get fixed whatever you have for a cheaper price or in this case for free.  My husband always amazes me at how mechanically inclined he is but today he astounded me.  Easily he saved us 50 bucks!  Moral of the story:  fix what you have and save tons of money!

 

Peace ~

Autumn  



{April 5, 2009}   A Free Night Out

            Last night my husband, daughter, and I spent a night out.  We were not only entertained but were also fed an incredible meal.  My husband and I ate steak, sautéed green beans, Italian bread and red wine vinegar, and spiced white rice.  For appetizers we ate shrimp and sushi and drank a few glasses of wine (me) and beer (him).  Dessert consisted of rich coffee and dark chocolate truffles.  We were then entertained by an impromptu “show” and partook in wonderful conversation until around midnight.  Total cost for the night out was: zero.  Yup, you read that right ~ nothing we paid nada, zero, zilch, zip; for the dinner, for the drinks, for the dessert, or for the entertainment. 

            How did I accomplish such a sweet deal?  Easy, my friend / co worker made dinner for a bunch of us.  He made the entire dinner and his 6 year old son did the impromptu “show”.  All in all it was a great night out.  I did however bring a bottle of wine to show my appreciation to the hosts.  It was a good bottle that I had already had around the house ~ so again the night cost us nothing.

            A few of us at work decided every couple of months to host a night at their place.  There have already been three nights “in”.  I have attended two ~ the next night is my turn.  One does not have to put on the beautiful extravagance of last nights dinner party though.  The previous one I attended was BYOB and the host offered some lovely appetizers and beautiful music.

            I think I will go along a similar idea.  The point is that you and your family are getting out, interacting with others, having a good time, for free or next to nothing.  It is a wonderful way to socialize with friends and or co workers.  I am so thankful that there are so many people at my job whom I call friend.  What a great night out! 

 

Peace ~

Autumn



            OK, yes you can get many many things for FREE or for really really CHEAP.  Is it hard to do, sometimes, is it time consuming, it can be…. you must be willing to think outside the box!  Running down to Wal-Mart or Target every single time you need something is not the answer. 

 

1.  FreeCycle:  I am a HUGE fan of FreeCycle (http://www.freecycle.org/). If you have not heard of them  then go there right now and sign up.  You can put your zip code in to find your nearest freecycle group. I am a member of 3 freecycle groups.  If you have something that is useful but you no longer want you can post it to give away.  Someone can then respond and ask for it.  You can also post things that you would like under “wanted”.  Free cycle is a lot like karma.  You can give something or you can get something (or even do both).  It is a way groovy website.  We all have stuff looming about our homes that we don’t need, want, or use anymore. 

            Just yesterday I scored a brown and white spaghetti strap cocktail dress!  Not only is it gorgeous but it fits me perfectly.  I had to drive a total of 18 minutes to pick it up but I made an adventure out of it.  It was a lovely drive in a scenic part of southern California so I decided to bring my family along. I timed the drive right when my daughter would be going down for her nap.  She got to enjoy the gentle sway of our van on the freeway while she drifted off to sleep.  Meanwhile my husband and I got to catch up on some quality time while we drove to our destination.    

            18 minutes later I had dress in hand. The dress looks like it is from an upscale boutique and if I had to guess it probably cost around 50 – 85 bucks.  Not bad for a little Saturday morning drive. 

 

2.  Ask!  If you need something ask around.  I mean ask everyone you know ~ family, friends, neighbors, coworkers (you get the idea).  Looking for a blender, a BBQ, a set of dishes?  Loads of people you know are sitting on stuff they have around the house that they never use.  Often you can get these things for free or very inexpensively.  I have gotten a $385 stroller, high chair, Winnie the pooh chair, baby clothing, lawn mower, and countless other items all for asking around.  All of these items were free!  That’s right I paid NOTHING for them.  They were given to me free of charge.  If you still can’t locate the object of your desire you can always post a “want ad” on local or online message boards, on the freecycle web site, in the penny saver, in your local newspaper, or on craigslist.com.   

 

3.  Yard Sale:  So you have asked around and you still can’t find that special item.  I am not going to tell you to run to Wal-Mart yet!  Depending on what part of the country you are from and what time of year it is yard sales are an excellent resource.  Many people will tell you to wander into the upscale parts of the city but I say you will also get upscale prices.  My advice is to hit many yard sales in different cities ~ you be the judge of what city has the best finds.  Luckily for me I live in sunny southern California so yard sales are plentiful all year long.  Keep an eye open for deals but remember you are looking for your “special” item.

 

4.  Craigslist.com:  Craigslist.com is also a pretty great site.  You can actually search in your specified city for a specific item you are hunting for.  Craigslist.com is a treasure trove of great deals.  Often you can get phenomenal deals!  Happy shopping!

 

5. Thrift Stores:  Thrift stores are a great commodity.  Unfortunately with the economic crisis well underway I know many thrift stores are receiving less and less donations.  What does this mean to you?  Possible higher prices and less items to choose from.  I still would not rule out going and checking out thrift stores for whatever you are searching for. 

 

These are just some of the ways you can score free and cheap items.  Happy hunting!!

Peace,

Autumn



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