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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • The Frugal Family: One person's trash may be your treasure

  • It is that time of year again at Fort Leavenworth when you see lots of moving trucks showing up around the military base and the Leavenworth community.
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  • It is that time of year again at Fort Leavenworth when you see lots of moving trucks showing up around the military base and the Leavenworth community. There will be a lot of families moving out of the community and looking to get rid of things. I have to admit this is a great time of year if you are looking for a bargain.
    I will be the first to tell you that I am embarrassed to be even writing this column. I have this feeling that people will have this awful vision of me dumpster diving to get free stuff. However, I have to confess that I have gotten a lot of wonderful items during this time of year.
    A perfect example of this happened about two years ago. When driving my daughter to school we passed by a home that was throwing away an outdoor playhouse. Being the mother of a little guy, the playhouse caught my attention. I could not help but stop and take a look at the playhouse. Upon further inspection, I found absolutely nothing wrong with the playhouse and discovered the owners were truly throwing it away because they no longer wanted it and could not take it when they moved. So being the frugal person that I am, I took it home. After taking a serious can of Lysol to the entire playhouse, my son had a new fort which he absolutely adored. Those of you who know how much those outdoor playhouses cost, know that I saved approximately $300.
    However, I am ashamed to admit this is not the first item I have gotten off a neighbor's curb that was meant for trash. My son had a $200 slide and I also have an entertainment center that I got totally free. Each time, I questioned the owner because I found nothing wrong with the items and they simply were throwing it away because they cannot take it with them when they moved. In each case, the items looked brand new and required absolutely no work to be done on them.
    I'm not saying that I would encourage you to go dumpster diving to see what is in your neighbor's trash. I do not recommend that at all.
    All the items I found were actually on the curb and never placed in the actual can. All my items looked like they had just come from the store's shelves. I would encourage readers to keep their eyes open and be alert. One man's trash could very easily be another man's treasures.
    Do you have a frugal tip? E-mail them to localnews2005@yahoo.com.
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