Weekly Roundup

I am posting this a day early because we are going camping this weekend and I don’t want to mess with the laptop. Make it a great weekend!

There is still time to enter The Buck List $10 Amazon gift card giveaway. Click here for details.

If you are interested in learning more about farms and farming visit Farmers Feed Us. They “invite you to explore this site and learn more about what we do each and every day. You can tour our farms, meet our families, and see for yourself how we grow the food that ends up on your family's table.” While there make sure to visit the recipe section.

Fuel Economy “provides fuel economy estimates, energy and environmental impact ratings, fuel-saving tips, and other useful information.”

Its Your Turn offers over 80 online games and variations, all for free.

The New York Times offers an interesting take on The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers.

Some recent personal finance posts I enjoyed reading.

This article asks why the employed are so smug about the unemployed. At one point the author asks “What’s wrong with 2 years of unemployment?” Later we get “Why not 3 or 5 years worth of unemployment?” This is another post where the comments are better than the article.

Here are 5 Things That You Should Not Cheap Out On.

Weekly Reminder – A reminder of a useful article you might have missed. Here is a list of the best free movie and TV sites.

The Free Flowers

Not too long ago I wrote about our adventure of getting a free sofa my wife found on Craigslist. It actually ended up costing us about $125 because my truck we were hauling it home in broke down and we had to have the truck, with the free sofa still strapped in the back of it, towed home. The truck is still sitting in our driveway waiting for me to figure out what’s wrong with it.

So imagine my joy when my wife called the other day and said she had a lead on some free flowers. Last spring we were making the rounds at some small town garage sales and she got to talking with a lady that had a yard full of blooming perennials. The lady offered to give us some when she divided them later in the year. My wife left the lady her contact information and the call finally came in that the flowers were ready to be picked up. My wife asked a girlfriend to go along for the ride after work, and they were off to pick up the free flowers.

They had been gone for close to an hour when the phone rang. Because I am writing this as sort of a part two to the free sofa story, you know who was calling and what it was about, right? You’re right. They had made it as far as the small town, loaded up the perennials, and now the vehicle was smoking and they had to pull over.

Long story short: the mother of my wife’s girlfriend lives in the small town that the car broke down in. Once it became apparent that our car was not going to make it back that day the mom let them use her van to drive back to our place. Whew!

The next day we drove our third, and last running vehicle, to the small town with a new thermostat to fix the stranded car…and it worked!

While we are back up to two out of three working vehicles in our driveway, I’m wondering how much more all of this free stuff is going to cost us.

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