Just Because It’s Free…………

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…………does not mean you have to accept.

When you are given the option of free stuff, whatever the reason, try to fast forward to how you will feel about the item in 6 or 12 months time.

  • Will you love it?
  • Do you really need it?
  • Will it be back in the donation box for the op shop or garage sale?

Today at work someone was handing out giant-sized mugs with corporate branding on them.  After having refused pens that were being offered last week, I was approached with a half-hearted comment about me not wanting their gifts.  I simply assured them that it was nothing personal but that I really did not need a mug.  Suddenly there was a chorus from the rest of the office about how they loved freebies.

If I see a particular use for a freebie I will accept it – otherwise I do not.

Also today, it was interesting to see that one of my colleagues had a new knitting pattern and next thing I knew it had been photocopied numerous times and copies were being handed around to everyone.  While I could appreciate the pattern I have no intention of knitting it so I turned down the offer of a copy.  It is a waste of paper and will clutter up my home and I could even end up feeling guilty that I had not used the pattern.  Much simpler to just say , “No thanks”.

The other freebie was a little more insidious.  A cake recipe sent via email.  This came from another work colleague.  There had been no discussion or request for the recipe – it was just there in my inbox.  It had probably been discussed by 1 or 2 people and when it was sent to them everyone in the department was included – I expect so that nobody felt left out or forgotten.  A nice gesture, I suppose but the recipe is now in the deleted box because I do not need it.

After spending time and effort decluttering, I owe it to myself to remain vigilant and stop all sorts of stuff before it gains a foothold.

What have you refused lately?

Friday Favourites – Something Different

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The favourite this week is a little different.  It is actually a Friday Freebie.

I brought home several containers of salad, cheese and antipasto items from work.  These came from some colleagues from interstate who were staying at a major hotel and received a special offer of a ‘picnic basket’ tea.  As is so often the case in our society, there was way too much so it was brought into the office, we all had snacks and lunches yet there was still excess so it has come home and part of it has been turned into our dinner.

I added some avocado (free from our tree) and a slice of ham plus some rice salad.  The rice was originally part of my lunch but was superseded by the freebies.  I added a chopped spring onion which was lurking sadly in the bottom of the vegie crisper plus a mild chilli from a bush in the garden.  A drizzle of red wine vinegar and herbed olive oil completed the rice salad.

I hate to see the waste of food in our society and wherever possible I use up anything that is going to be thrown out.  In fact, I even rescued 2 bananas yesterday which had been tossed on the top of the rubbish in the kitchen at work.  They had barely a blemish but were obviously too ripe for somebody’s liking.  We will enjoy a banana cake from them.

The waste of food in our society is appalling.  Do you see food where others see only rubbish?

Corporate Freebies

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Today The Duke and I went to the football.  The best part was that the only money we spent was $5 on the match magazine.  We parked our car at Missy’s place and walked the 15 minutes to the ground.  I made and packed our lunch and drinks and the tickets were won in a draw at work.  Thanks to corporate sponsorship there are 5 double passes available to win each week.  Sadly, our team lost but it was a fun afternoon for minimal cost.

This got me to thinking about other corporate freebies.  During the nine years that I have worked for 2 large global corporations I have acquired all sorts of things.  These include backpack, pedometers, polar fleece travel rug, sports socks, beach bags, cookbook, colander, rugby top, polo shirt, drink bottles, mug, soccer ball, beach towel, sports bag and sports towel as well as assorted foodstuffs, chocolates and champagne.  This list is far from exhaustive.

I dread to think how much is spent on handouts to employees in various guises and am not sure how I feel about this.  However, there are some things you cannot change overnight so I accept it all graciously.  Some goes to other family members but most I use in one form or another.

Sometimes you have to think outside the square to use things.  One example is a sports towel we were given recently.  I do not go to the gym but decided I could do with some new facewashers.  The towel was very soft and the perfect size to cut into 4 facewashers.

Here they are.

What do you think of gifts/freebies from work?  Are you given any?  Do you use them?