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  1. Whippersnapper says:

    Heh. We’re a family of four living on HALF a teacher’s salary. I’m more cheap than you, I’ll bet.

    I was in Duluth once. At least I’m pretty sure it was Duluth. I’m a prairie girl and sitting at a red light on a steep hill in my standard car had me sweating buckets.

  2. Voyager says:

    Free groceries for a year? I would build a popsickle stick grocery store model for that! Groom should have won, his entry rocked.

  3. lime says:

    family of 5 on a teacher’s salary here. oh yeah we love the free. so much so that when my son’s big source of handmedowns (high quality, gentle use, massive quantity…free heaven) dried up and i finally had to buy him clothing at age 10 i nearly cried.

    and a gnome??? groomeo was ROBBED!

  4. Jazz says:

    If you are the queen of Free. Mr. Jazz is the king. I dunno how he does it, but he regularly picks up Free and his cousin Discount. Well, he picks up Discount more often, I think she looks better to him…

  5. My Reflecting Pool says:

    I need some free and discount lessons. It seems I’m a completely out of practice and you have knowledge I could use. Help.

  6. Patience says:

    This Work of Art lost out to a stoopid mosquito and a freakin’ gnome?!? What’s this world coming to?!?

    Oh, and btw, I tagged you! If you wanna play along that is. If not . . . well, I’ll get over it . . . . . . . .

  7. Glamourpuss says:

    I have a new respect for you Jocelyn, tinged with fear; I’d hate to get between you and Free…


  8. velvet says:

    FREE is da bomb! I need more FREE in my life.

    Great score on the swingset and $25 dollars for groceries isn’t bad, either. Though I think Groom shoulda won first place… his entry was awesome!

  9. Top cat says:

    Great post jocelyn and I love your usage of the word Free.
    I was hoping you had won 1st prize, groom worked so hard.

  10. the frogster says:

    I’m cheap too, but not because of financial conditions- I have to, at the risk of making everyone hate me, admit that we are a family of two living on a hedge fund accountant’s salary. But I am not cheap with my volunteer work. If you can find a big enough truck, I’ll be glad to help you replace your playset with Duluth’s landmark lift bridge.

  11. frannie says:

    this post made me weak in the knees– I adore free stuff.

    I’m so tight- I squeak.

    you want me to kidnap the gnome?

  12. cathy says:

    This takes me back to my search the rubbish tip for furniture to paint and sell at theflee market days.The holy of holies….

    …. FREE MONEY!

  13. furiousBall says:

    Holy moly, I got my swingset the same way. Someone down the street had two teenage girls and a big nice wooden swingset just like yours and we got ours for free too. My kids love it.

    Free rocks socks. Btw, your RSS feed ain’t workin’ for some reason, sorry for not frequentin’ your premises in too long.

  14. Mother of Invention says:

    I love free too!I used to enter so many contests and I’d win something in quite a few. This caption contest in a Toronto paper, I won 5 weeks in a row and then they cut me off. So…I’d put them under somebody else’s name and went on to win 25 more times! Each week I got a free Toronto Sun t-shirt that I’d give away to the kids who won the contest in my Gr. 3 classroom. It was great to see these kids try to be creative in their captions for pictures of animals in that paper! I think I still have one or two left!
    My class won a whole basket of jello related stuff when we sent in about 12 different uses for jello and jello powder. We even painted with it!

  15. Diana says:

    You’re scary. But in a good way. Brilliant-scary. Not having seen the actualy gnome, I agree that it’s hard to understand why Groom’s magnum opus would have come in 3rd to that.

    But perhaps the judges were ‘gnome people’?

  16. my4kids says:

    I love Free also. how did you manage to get ahold of him?

  17. Shari says:

    The Free is popular here, too. Hubby cannot drive by something laying out by the highway. He’s gotten a fish net, beach ball, sweatshirt, and a visor. That’s only a few of the things I can come up with. Hand-me-downs is good.

    I thought he deserved better than 3rd place. Ack. Who were the judges? Mickey Mouse and Scrooge?

  18. david santos says:

    Helo, Done Jocelyn!
    Thanks for posting. Have very nice fhotos and very good text,
    have a good weekend.

  19. Franki says:

    Single mother livin in the richest county in America here. But I prefer “resourceful” to “cheap”. And you, my dear, are amazingly resourceful. Recycling at it’s best.

  20. Theresa says:

    How can Free be over there and over here at the same time? He’s gotten us a shed for the garden and a couch and secondhand clothes for the kids. Oh wait, maybe that wasn’t Free, maybe it was his Spanish cousin Gratis. Tell Groom he should have won. A mosquito representing the spirit of Duluth…nasty little bloodsucking insect, how dare he take away first place from such a nice family.

  21. Emma in Canada says:

    I wish you had had a pic of the mosquito because I just can not see HOW it beat that.

    You would lvoe my friend Shelley sh eis all about the free too. And if not free, then very, very cheap.

  22. TLP says:

    Bravo! Well done indeed! All of it.

    But some of us need to be the ones who give stuff away for this to work. I’ve given away great swing sets and tons of other stuff.

    Recently I put out to good lamps to the curb, and within 20 minutes they were gone. Love it.

    But I do grab up all the buy one get one free stuff (if it’s something that we like) and I use coupons all the time.

  23. Dorky Dad says:

    Ah, free crap. The Wife and I love it. We are always looking for free stuff. Or really cheap stuff. Craigslist is our best friend.

  24. choochoo says:

    I have very expensive taste, to. Not a good thing for a student to have…. I can’t wait to make money.

  25. BeachMama says:

    LOL, you are to funny. THat is the best ode to ‘Free’ I have ever read. I always say, “I see my favourate letters… S..A..L..E.” perhaps I am shooting too low and should be looking for F.R.E.E?

  26. MyUtopia says:

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  27. Wizened Wizard says:

    Well, I didn’t see the ‘squito, but I think your entry should have won more than 100 gumballs…

    Around here people have garage sales, and as far as I can tell, FREE doesn’t enter into it unless something is absolutely beaten to hell. I have capitalized on this by putting stuff we no longer have use for by the road with a FREE sign on it. Whatever I put out is always taken, and in fact, the FREE sign itself has been taken.

    FREE is wonderful from both sides: giving and taking. Fun post, Jocelyn.

  28. urban-urchin says:

    I’ll make a deal with you. You come here, I’ll show you where you can get the Manolo Blaniks for $100 and in return you work your magic with free meaning we get MANY pairs of Manolo’s!

    Deal? good.

    kick a*s swing set and bag art guys.

  29. Princess Pointful says:

    There IS indignity in losing to a gnome… especially when one uses up all the tasty dinner gravel in the process.

    Incidentally, when you spoke of finding a Jocelyn and giving her the free, I heard that spoken in a Gollum voice. “Give me the free, precious…”

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