ok- #1 Frugal habit ASKK!!
We went to register our kids at school the other day, and the school two of my sons go to is sponsored by Costco.. they were giving away new backpacks, folders, glue, gluesticks, pencils, and pencil cases.. they gave them to the two I was registering, and then just handed over a couple more for one son that is too little for school and one that attends another school. Costco didn't care as it is our neighborhood school and they had been told to give them to the families of the neighborhood!
The school was also giving away tons of winter gear that had been left in lost and found from last year- we got some kids gloves, mittens, etc.
Today I went on the lookout for some Bento supplies as I am going back to work this week. I picked up a Mr. Bento on craigslist brand new for $35- which is cheap- here they run about $60.. I was looking for accessories at some Asian markets, and found a slightly smaller, same brand one in a little carry bag.. it was a bit dirty (it was the "floor" model), so they gave me 10% off- just for asking.. and actually what dp said, was "this one is a little dirty, is there another one still in the box?" When they said no, it was the last one left, they said they would give him a discount.. It was originally $39- so it wasn't a huge discount, but still worth asking! It only has two inner bowls instead of the Mr. Bento version which has 4- but at least I won't need to wait for the same one to dry after washing in order to pack the lunch for tomorrow!