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Old 05-18-2016, 08:11 AM   #41
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Two small concrete slabs from a Craigslist ad. One of them is now being used as a pad on the lawn for barbecuing, where I was wearing out the grass standing. Haven't figured out where to use the other one yet.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:23 PM   #42
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I won an iPad auction at Ebay. The seller said he will give me a "free" tempered glass screen protector for the iPad, so the iPad screen will be protected from scratches. And he also offered 'Free shipping'. Hopefully I should get it in 2 days.
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:22 AM   #43
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I ordered an Indian meal here and we paid for 37.50 GBP by credit card. He bought the machine to our table and swiped the amount, no tip was necessary. So I guess I got free tip, equivalent of 5 GBP.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:47 AM   #44
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I ordered an Indian meal here and we paid for 37.50 GBP by credit card. He bought the machine to our table and swiped the amount, no tip was necessary. So I guess I got free tip, equivalent of 5 GBP.
In Europe we always left the modest tip in cash on the table. They almost never had a way to add the tip via credit card.

The tipping is extremely modest by US standards. And none is acceptable - i.e. not considered a complaint.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:57 AM   #46
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In Europe we always left the modest tip in cash on the table. They almost never had a way to add the tip via credit card.

The tipping is extremely modest by US standards. And none is acceptable - i.e. not considered a complaint.
I used to do that but I didn't have any cash with me. But I've decided, when in Rome do what the Romans do.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:48 PM   #47
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Got a free ride to the airport by signing up for Uber through Chase.

First time using it and I must say it's way better than a cab.

Even without the free benefit Uber would have been surprisingly cheap ($12). With a cab I'd expect to pay $20-30 for the same distance.

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I used to do that but I didn't have any cash with me. But I've decided, when in Rome do what the Romans do.
In traveling in Europe I always collect a bunch of 1 and 2 coins, because it seems like i need them everywhere - including those darn ticket machines.
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I also sign up for all sorts of newsletters using a free email account. Usually there is something useful every day.
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DH went to Menards and found a receipt where someone has purchased something that had a $7 rebate offered. He stopped at the customer service desk, picked up the rebate form and I mailed it!!!
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Finished signing my will, POA, Living will today. Attorney said that after checking, some of the documents were a bit more complex and would have costed about $500 but since the we originally agreed as covered, the attorney said "consider that a gift". I asked if the attorney was sure? Yep. a freebie.
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After living here for just over a year, they decided to review our water usage, and it was far less than the previous owners. So they not only lowered the bill going forward, but applied it retroactively and gave us a $230 credit. I never asked for the review, so that's found money!
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When I was a kid we would sometimes be offered a free gift chosen from a grab bag of cheap stuff. Recently, I purchased a bluetooth headphone at Amazon and was given a free tiny bluetooth speaker with a red coat. That was nice but I didn't have a need for a cute tiny speaker with a red coat so, after playing with it for a few minutes, I hooked it to the charger where it remains today. Boy I wish they offered adults a choice from a grab bag because I love free stuff. I never pass up the toothpick in the jar on the way out if it is individually covered nor do I pass up the free mint. I would never buy either at a checkout counter.
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Many years ago we owned a house in Houston that had no water meter. We never got a water/sewer bill.

I went to the annual meeting of our rural electric co-op last Saturday and entered my name in a prize drawing. Got a call from them yesterday informing me I had won an Amazon Fire TV. Now all I need is broadband fast enough to stream...
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:06 AM   #56
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I just made reservations for McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks on Monday evening, Memorial day. Free Veteran's dinner. I will be going to Perkins for breakfast that day, free Veterans breakfast.

It's (finally) a great time to be a vet. only 0.5% of the population is.
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It's (finally) a great time to be a vet. only 0.5% of the population is.
I think that 0.5% number represents the current percentage of active military. The US Census says veterans make up approximately 7% of the population.

Note: over half of all veterans are over the age of 60.

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Went to a free bluegrass concert last evening, sponsored by my town. (Paid for by taxes, though, in reality, I guess). Just plop down your folding chair, and enjoy.
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I pretty sure I lost it. Does is have Roosevelt on it? Mine did.
Are you sure it's yours? Which side was R - front or back?
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