Christmas Pumpkins

Pumpkins

As soon as the Christmas decorations go up, the Halloween pumpkins hit the curb. We drove around Friday night and picked up all the pumpkins that people were throwing out, and we ended up with a whole trunk full. Looks like our chickens will be eating very well this winter.

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Keurig Curb Find

Keurig

We were taking our kids to school Friday morning when my husband spotted a Keurig sitting at the curb. He’s wanted one for a long time, so we stopped and picked it up.

When we got home, he tested it, and discovered it wasn’t making full cups. So, he jumped on the Internet, watched a few YouTube videos, and learned how to clean and descale it. The result? A fully-functional Keurig and a happy husband.

I pulled all the free K-cups that I had in my gift closet, so he could start enjoying it right away, and we’ll be ordering a reusable K-cup, so he can fill his own cups with ground coffee (much cheaper).

My New Favorite Store

Galvanized Wash Tub

Yesterday my husband and I hauled a load of scrap metal to the recycling center. When we went inside to pick up our earnings, we were surprised to see that they had items for sale in the lobby. Metal shelving, vintage gas cans, tools and the big galvanized wash tub that you see above.

And the prices were crazy good. They were only asking $3 for the wash tub (and it’s a biggie). So, basically, it looks like they’re rescuing usable items from the scrap bin, and selling them at their scrap value. Pretty cool.

It always made me a little sad to think about the things that were getting melted down just because someone needed the cash, so I love that they’re doing this. And being a bargain-loving kind of girl, it looks like I’ll be stopping by the recycling center more often.

Friday Freebies

Friday Freebies

Fridays already have a lot going for them, but now there’s even more to like. Here’s the scoop on how you can score three full-size freebies each and every Friday: [Read more…]

How to Get Free Firewood

How to Get Free Firewood

We’ll be heating our weekend homestead with two wood stoves, and that means we’re going to need plenty of firewood. We plan to harvest fallen trees from the property, but we’ll also be getting firewood from our favorite store: Curb Mart

Since our town has large trash pick up, people don’t haul trees off when they cut them down; they just pile them up at the curb, and wait for the trash truck to get them. That’s great news, if you’re a curb shopper with a wood stove and a way to haul firewood.

Spring is the best time to “shop” for firewood, since people tend to be focused on cleaning up their yards, but really you can find free firewood anytime of the year.

Living in a suburban town as we do, people frequently cut the wood into fireplace-size logs before putting it at the curb. Maybe they think it looks neater that way? Perhaps it’s so it’ll be easier to carry? I don’t know, but if they want to take care of that chore for me, I’m all for it. Heck, if you’d like to split the wood too, that’s fine by me. Just leaves me more time for curb shopping.

Wood Pallets

If you’re going to get your firewood at Curb Mart, I also recommend picking up wood pallets. They’re usually made out of hardwood to stand up to the weight of the items being shipped on them, so they burn beautifully. Just cut them up, and toss them in the fire. There’s no need to season them first.

Pallets Cut Up for Firewood

Just be sure to look for the “HT” marking on pallets; it’s an indication that they’ve been heat-treated (aka kiln-dried). You don’t want to burn any that have been pressure-treated. They’ll have an MB on them, which stands for Methyl Bromide.

Do you have other sources for free firewood? I’d love to hear about them.