My husband and I do a lot of shopping at Menard's, a Home Depot- type of store (lumber, building supplies, tools, etc.). When DH took me there for the first time last fall I noticed that the store was offering rebates on quite a few items. They combine sale prices with rebates and the item winds up being almost free (except for sales tax and postage). At the time I did not take advantage of any of the rebates because I thought that I did not need the items, and did not want to clutter up our tiny home with more "stuff" which we don't use. But then one day it occurred to me that I have three teenage nephews, 13, 13 and 15yo, who will soon start thinking about moving out on their own. So I decided to buy whatever items are offered, as long as the rebate covers the purchase price, and start a sort of "hope chest" for each of them (I guess "tool chest" would be more appropriate, lol!). I started doing this in January and so far have accumulated 8 tape measures; 2 pair of pliers; 2 pair of needle-nose pliers; one hammer (which I gave to DH); some shelf-liner material; one utility knife; some screwdrivers; and a couple of packages of Scripto pens. Other items which I have purchased for our own use include two bottles of window cleaner; 2 large bags of tea light candles; a package of hand wipes; paint roller covers and brushes; a couple of tubes of silicone rubber sealer; and some drinking glasses with Rapella fishing lures (some kind of promo deal?). Yesterday I bought a nice set of Fiskars pruning shears for $9.95 with a $5 rebate- not quite free but at $4.99 still a great deal for a set of tools which will get a lot of use. It occurred to me that this could be a good way for beginning homesteaders to acquire small hand tools. The only hitch is that the rebate is in the form of a store credit rather than cash, but we wind up buying so much from Menard's anyway that we know we will use the rebates there. Also, I can send in up to 5 rebate forms in one envelope, which saves on postage$$. If you have a Menard's near you it might be worth checking them out.