Can one eat lunch for free?

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In fact you can, as me and my best friend found out today.  It all started about 11ish when she arrived at my house for our coffee date.  We try to have a coffee date once a week, hubby takes care of the p-nut for a couple hours and I get a much needed Starbucks caffeine/ just hanging out with my best friend fix.  So after she bought me coffee and a piece of their banana nut loaf [she owed me lunch, so I opted for coffee instead] and sat around chatting a bit we decided that we were going to take full advantage of my little slice of freedom away from the house and kids, so we went shopping!  Our first stop was our favorite store in the city, a discounted department brand type store, then we headed over to where we used to work to see old friend and for me to find p-nut some baby sunglasses.  After stirring up old memories we headed over to Sam’s.  Sam’s is like a Costco if you don’t know.  Well by this time we were pretty hungry.  As we were walking around and our tummy’s were growling we stumbled upon the most wonderful site…FREE SAMPLES!!!  Oh how I do love a free sample.  Well we didn’t just stop at one.  There were 4 old lady’s in a row each giving out different free samples.  There were slices of turkey meat, steak and cheese burritos, sausage patties, and chicken patties.  So we made our first round, and gobbled up every last bite of our freebie goodness.  When then decided we were still hungry, so we opted for a second round.  We walked around the aisle so it would look like we weren’t just there for the food, but in all actuallity I think we really were.  Anywho when we were coming up on the chicken patties for the second time, the old woman had magically disappeared and left her stand and free chicken patty samples unattended.  Well lets just say we helped ourselves.  With the chicken patty tray completely bare, and our tummys slightly full we decided to head to the check out.  Walking towards the exit I spot another unattended sample stand out of the corner of my eye.  I make a B-Line straight for it.  Bingo!  Ramen Noodles!  What a way to finish off our free meal.

So from today I got a grande caramel machiatto, a slice of banana nut loaf, a pair of baby boy sunglasses, and a lunch…what did I have to pay for all of this…only $3.50 and that was for the sunglasses for my baby boy.  How cool is that!

In other news, a good friend of mine for many many years, called me today out of the blue and so we should be attempting to hang out again soon.  So score one more on the friends front.

I also started preparing my garden to be planted in.  My mother helped me drain the pond [we are going to plant stuff in it instead of it having water in it, for fear that p-nut might fall in], and de-weed my little gardens so that they are already to be planted in.  I went ahead and put down the wildflower seeds in the garden that has really bad soil.  I didn’t want to waste money on good plants and they just die if I plant them over there.  The wildflowers will get probably as tall as me so I really don’t care if they grow or not I just didn’t want it to be bare or that I didn’t attempt to grow anything over there.  I can at least say I tried.  My mother also gave me some of her pansy’s and a butterfly bush that I planted near the door.  I can’t wait to get some more plants.  I hate walking outside to a bare flowerbed and empty hanging baskets.  As for the growing my own edibles, I was thinking of planting carrots and strawberries along with my parsley.  Those things I do know that I will eat and get lots of use out of.

Well that is all for today.

The Domestic Diva

Heather is a homeschooling mom of two boys currently living in central Georgia. She has been sharing her domestic story online as a blogger for 13 years. Through her blog and social media platforms, Heather provides a glimpse into domestic life as she shares with other stay-at-home moms how she tackles modern homemaking with the challenges of raising a family.

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  1. March 30, 2006 / 5:13 pm

    woot for free lunch! i must say that i have so totally done the same thing… more than a couple times. haha.

  2. She
    March 30, 2006 / 11:07 pm

    LOL…that is so funny. I never had the “balls” to do it but with a friend there is so much easier…lol. I can’t believe I’m telling people tips on scoring a free lunch….lmao.

  3. March 31, 2006 / 9:20 am

    hahaha, yeah i couldn’t do it by myself either. usually my brother is with me. but hey! frugal parents must find frugal ways to feed themselves, since all the good stuff goes to the kids, right? lol.

  4. Pissy
    March 31, 2006 / 12:21 pm

    heh! I think everybody does that at Sam’s! And you know those little old ladies know that’s what’s going on! ;-)

    My husband has my garden ready to plant. I’m just gonna wait until after Easter. Sounds like you’ve got your’s all planned out.

    Have a good weekend!

  5. She
    April 1, 2006 / 2:45 pm

    Ladymom….yes all the good stuff does go to the kids or the hubby finds the good stuff and eats it all before you have a chance to even think about tasting it.

    Pissy….yeah I’m pretty sure those old lady’s knew what we were doing because they kept giving us these evil looks…lol. Good luck waiting to plant, I know I couldn’t personally do it, the look of empty beds would drive me nuts.

  6. April 6, 2006 / 12:12 am

    You are so cool. I’ll have to try that some time. I never seem to time my Costco trips right to get the good samples.

    Thanks for stopping by my site. It’s always great to meet a fellow mom blogger. Congrats on the weightloss, by the way. I’m working on it but you are rockin’ the house!

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