Friday, March 28, 2008

Frugal Friday

The Frugal Husband saga continues:

The Frugal tip I learned from my husband this week is "Don't be afraid to Ask".

My husband was driving along past a local Dollar General Store when he spotted these great shelving units sitting out beside their dumpster. He quickly went inside and asked the manager if they were throwing them away and she said, "Yes". He asked her if he could have them and she was very happy to get them off her hands!

This picture shows them in our garage with all the shipping supplies I use for EBay and my Etsy Shop. It looks so much nicer and it is so much easier to locate the size box and other shipping supplies I need. Before they were such an eye sore and in the way.

My husband also put this "don't be afraid to ask" tip to use in another way. He noticed that one of his customers had numerous empty plastic barrels sitting behind their business. He asked if he could have some and they said, "Take all you want!". Each time he visits them he gets as many as his truck will hold. In our area there is a demand for these to use on farms, to make animal beds, to make animal feeding troughs, etc. The biggest demand right now for these barrels is for water barrels. There has been a drought in the South for a while now and water barrels are a hot commodity! He has been able to make some extra cash selling these.

So if you see something interesting that seems to be in the way or unneeded, DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK!. Not only will you be benefiting yourself, but the person will appreciate getting the items off their hands!

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Pen Pen said...

Your mailing center looks great. Lucky you for the free shelving units... they look so nice. Great hubby!

Elizabeth Sue said...

Score Debbie! Great find. You know I have a particular kind of obsession with anything that makes life easier and organized but to get it for FREE. Awesome job with the find and your hubby!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

That's awesome! We just bought some shelving for $60 and the metal was bendable. I couldn't believe it. It's going back to the store.

I think you got a better deal.

Mom2fur said...

Wow, what an amazing guy. He is so right. I don't know why we're afraid to ask for things. Sometimes, as your husband's example has shown, you're actually doing the other person a favor!

Alexandra said...

Wow! Super find. I would love some of those for my garage. I've pretty much quit ebay, but I still sell on Amazon. My mailing boxes are all a jumble.

Mom2fur said...

Hi, again! Thanks for visiting sorta frugal. I think it's wonderful that your husband can be the 'middle man' and sell your bags for you! He must be a real charmer, LOL!

Kate said...

That's too funny. Our husband's sound very familiar. Mine always says "the answer is always NO if you don't ask."

I love your shelves. They look great.

Mrs. Jo said...

Great tips! I need to get more in the habit of doing this!

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