I love sharing frugal finds. And I got pretty lucky with my frugal find from yesterday!
I had been thinking about getting a 2nd propane tank for my grill and to have for when I can (I have a glass top stove, which means I have to use my canner on a camp burner). On Friday I went to a gas station and priced a new tank - and was told it was going to cost $60+ since I didn't have an empty tank to exchange! I passed! This was not a 'must have' item and I have lots of better uses for $60.
Well, yesterday I was walking the dogs in some woods near my house and I found not one but TWO old propane tanks that someone had dumped. These were tangled in plant growth and had obviously been there for awhile. I grabbed one and dragged it home, where I then took it to the gas station and exchanged it for a filled one for only $20. Having a tank to exchange over buying a new one saved me $40+! Yeah!!!
I feel good about this because I was able to clean up trash and recycle while still scoring a pretty good deal. And as the woods I was walking through is owned by my neighborhood, I know that those tanks did not belong there (i.e., someone wasn't storing them there on their own property), so I don't feel like a thief. Oh, and as for the other tank, I have a friend who would like it so I will be going back and rescuing it - and cleaning up litter in the process! I'd call that a win-win for everyone.
Remember, only 14 days left until I begin my experiment! It all begins November 1st!