May 302011
 
Since my five-year-old son got his cast off two weeks ago, my family has finally been able to get to the beach every week, and I am loving it. My husband has been able to go with us once every weekend, which means that I get my peaceful early morning beach walk with no kids. Since I am the one with the kids 24/7, this walk by myself is very healthy for my soul. My kids also love my beach walks, but it is mostly because they get free toys out of it.
I always bring a bag with me on my walks, and since we get to the beach early, I find a lot of left-behind toys, shoes, sunglasses and more. It is absolutely horrible how much garbage people leave behind, and it is apparent that many beach goers think the beach itself is one big garbage can. In between the garbage, hidden underneath the sand, or in the washed-up seaweed I find lots of good stuff for my boys, and I probably never have to buy beach toys again. 

In fact I find so many beach toys, that we often give them away to kids at the beach who for some reason came without any toys at all.Today I found a bucket where the handle was broken, but I knew if I looked for it, I would find another handle, and sure enough. I found a couple, and even one that fit this bucket.
Memorial Day Beach Finds:
We also found this fabulous rope, which I am planning on using for a swing. I have the swing already, but it came without rope.
Last weekend’s Beach Finds:
Finding left-behind beach toys is extremely easy, you just need to know what to look for.  I find a bunch of toys that has been washed up, but spotting something small and colorful sticking up in the sandmight very well lead you to a treasure. Just take a look at this little blue spot I found, I dug it out a bit and knew I had found something. 
I am also amazed at how many shoes I find left on the beach. The amount of single shoes is overwhelming to say the least, but I even find a pair of shoes once in a while. Today I found a pair of flip flops and a pair of crocs. About a year ago I found a pair of boys sandals in perfect condition, and these are now what my five-year-old wears whenever we go to the beach.
Besides free toys, sunglasses and free shoes, I also find quite an amount of coke points at the beach, which we of course turn into free coke, free movie rentals, gift cards and more. Frugality is free, and so is keeping your eyes out, so next time you find yourself at the beach in the morning, make sure to look around, and maybe you will find some free beach goodies too. I only suggest doing this in the early morning hours, as you will know the owners have actually gone home. If you start picking up stuff later in the day, the chances are that the stuff has not actually been left behind.
Have you ever gone beach canvassing in the morning?

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