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Free Bucket From the Bakery

Buying dry goods in bulk to save money is somewhat counter-productive if you have to turn around and spend $45 on buckets in which to store them.  You’ll probably realize your savings in several years, but wouldn’t it be nice to find storage for FREE?

Well, look no further than your local bakery or bakery department at a grocery store.  Who knew that Walmart gave anything away for free to someone who is not a crazy coupon lady?!  Walmart, Sam’s Club, Jewel, and anywhere else you are brave enough to ask, are usually willing to just hand over their empty food grade buckets for absolutely nothing.

You can call ahead and ask them to set buckets aside, or you can just roll up to the bakery department while you are already there and ask if they have any empty buckets and lids you can have.  Easy as that!

Gamma Lid

You can use the free lids they give you if you can’t afford to spend any money (or prefer not to), or you can pop for gamma lids.  LOVE GAMMA LIDS.  I buy them through Country Life Natural Foods for $5.95 each.  They pop onto the top of the bucket and have a screw on/screw off easy-peasy lid.  Very convenient, and worth the money, if you not only store your goods in the buckets but don’t have a smaller container to grab from on a daily basis.

All these buttercream frosting containers do start to look alike, so I suggest placing a piece of Scotch tape labeled with the contents on the top or the side, or both.  That way you can determine what is inside without having to open the lid and look.  And the reason for the tape would be so that you can easily re-label if you decide to change the contents.  Just peel off the old and stick on the new!

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Underside of U-505 at the Chicago Museum of Sc...
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In the words of my eloquent little 2-year-old, “We went places, and we ate stuff!!”  This is how she described our all day outing yesterday to my mom when we returned home.  I am sure that is all the detail she needed to put the pieces together from our 10 hour excursion.

She is right, though.  We did indeed go places and eat stuff.  Jason and I loaded all five kiddos into the minivan – which we barely fit into these days – and headed for downtown Chicago.  We changed our minds about our final destination three times before we finally settled on The Museum of Science and Industry.  I was expecting to pay for our general admission, tickets to tour the German submarine U-505, and parking.

While Jason was finding our FREE place to park (amazing), I took all the kids inside to get in line for tickets.  (One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is not having to go to the museum on the weekend – no line.)  And – drum roll please – it was a free day!

Feeling as if we had hit the lottery, our pockets loaded down with unused cash, we decided to make two special stops on our way home.  We almost never go out to eat.  Especially as a family.  You might think five little kids alone would be enough to keep me at bay.  However, it is usually the supremely yucky food that offends us.  We shell out way too much money for food that I would never buy for us at the grocery store.  Complete waste.

But, there is one restaurant where we can all go, and I don’t feel like we need to detox afterwards.  Enter – Chipotle.  We LOVE Chipotle.  Fresh, some organic, ethically raised, pastured meat, veggies – food that is actual food.  The kids basked in the glow of restaurant lighting and the joy of eating out of the house.

Oh, but the fun didn’t end there.  I have been wanting to go to a new frozen yogurt place somewhat close to our house called Yumz.  This concept is brilliant – serve yourself, 10 different flavors and too many toppings to count.  You pile it on and pay by weight.  Genius.  My feeling is that about 25% of the adults that enter this establishment are blown away.  Then they rush home to visit the Yumz website to see how much one of these franchises cost.  I haven’t done it.  Yet.

A fun-filled family day.  We went places and we ate stuff.  And, I felt good about both.

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