Monday, November 19, 2007

Goodwill

This Thanksgiving, Nate and I will be visiting my family for a change. I'm looking forward to it, and the fact that the food will be edible and there will be much more good humor. Not to mention mashed potatoes with onion flakes.

On Sunday, Nate and I redeemed our "turkey points." Our local grocery store prints out "points" for money spent at the store within a certain time frame. Save up 20 points and they'll give you a free turkey, up to $20 in value. If you buy a turkey that comes under $20, you can use the rest of the value towards the rest of your turkey dinner.

This year, we saved up enough points (some pooled from Nate's dad and neighbors) and managed to redeem for two turkey dinners. Between sales and coupons, we bought two complete dinners (turkey, instant mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and frozen pie) for $5. And then we brought them down to the local food pantry. I really love to do this every year. It's my favorite part of the holiday season.

(An added bonus this year, since we've outfitted the bikes with a trailer, we were able to do the whole trip without any carbon output.)

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