Stick, I have dozens of buckets and lids, I don't pay for them, anymore than I pay for any of the other materials on the job. I'm a mechanic, I install everything, (literally, except for carpet and vinyl) but I pay for nothing. It's a decent gig most of the time.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose
If you cannot stand behind our troops, (and I understand, no judgement here), then please stand in front of them, remember, they're willing to stand in front of you!