My Best Garage Sale Finds

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Years ago, Mom introduced me to the idea of going to garage sales. People sell the darnedest things at their garage sales. Garage sales take time, you have to hit quite a few before you find the item you want or need. Typical garage sale prices are $.25

Market Place: Online Community Garage Sale

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Do you have items lying around your house that you no longer need including but not limited to, clothes, kids toys, games or crafts that you may have been wanting to sell. So let the Market Place be your personal Community Garage sale reaching out to thousands of people nationwide.

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Tips for Buying Kids’ Clothes on Facebook Garage Sale Groups

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Garage sale and resale groups have become increasingly popular on Facebook. Here are some tips for buying kid’s clothes on Facebook garage sale groups. Buying clothes on Facebook garage sale groups is a great way to get clothes for your kids at a great price.

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How to Find Back to School Clothes for Less

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Use coupons and pair them with sales to help you save. Hit up fall garage sales. Even in the fall months, garage sales can still be found. Check your local paper or Craigslist for sales in your area advertising children’s clothing.

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Keep Clutter at Bay by Recognizing Where It Comes From

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I have a soft spot for good sales, whether they be at the local retail store (I bought way too many Gymboree shirts for my daughter when they were on sale for $3.99) or at a garage sale. Two and a half years ago, my husband and I moved to a new, bigger apartment.

Five Home Renovation Savings Tips

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Not only will renovations provide pleasure and function to you, but they could increase the sale value of your home a bit. Understand what parts of the job may require code inspections and what the codes mean. Garage or estate sales.

Not So Free – Free Things

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I love going to garage sales. Last summer, a lady on the street next to ours had a wonderful sale. This past weekend, I went out garage sailing just for fun. These things now live in our garage, taking up space that we don’t have! Free is good, right?

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Top 5 Must Know Negotiation Tips To Get Anything You Want

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We can negotiate to get a good price on an item in a garage sale, or we can negotiate to close a million dollar deal. If a back up plan is not prepared, it may mean having to accept what the other party wants even if it puts you on the losing end.

What Makes a Saver?

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A smile or a word from a parent or teacher, seeing someone enjoying their savings, a chance combination of a happy conversation, a sun shiny day and an increased amount in the piggy bank – all may result in one child’s brain being wired towards the pleasure of saving. As teenagers, we may be madly saving up for a car. As a young mom, I saved like mad – going to garage sales, thrift stores and accepting hand me downs on toys and clothing.

Don’t be a Buy-It-New Snob

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Fashion changes and new or nearly new clothing gets sold at sales or donated to charity. For me, going to sales is not just a means to find things I need at rock bottom prices, it is also entertainment. Neighborhood sales are my favorite, and they are prolific in spring and fall.

It’s Easy To Make A Million Dollars

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You may be building your own business. Eventually you may sell it for significant sums. You may be investing in real estate. Eventually you may have enough to generate millions in income, or you may sell properties to achieve a million.

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Children’s Music on a Budget

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Your School’s Music Department May Already Have Instruments. Garage sales – I found a guitar for $5.00 once at a garage sale and bought it for my grandson. Musical instrument exchanges – some sites let owners list and buyers browse used instrument sales.

Stuff – Full Circle

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You may not remember all the stuff you had as a kid, but if you are a parent, you are certainly aware how fast stuff gathers around you when kids come into your life! Some get stuff from stores, the less financially favored head for thrift stores, garage sales, Mom’s house or the trash pickup routes. You may throw some stuff away. Estate sales, moving sales and massive give aways are typical at this stage.

Save Money and Go Green By Replacing These Disposable Items with Reusable Ones

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You can often by these cheap at garage sales. You may find seasonal cloth napkins at a discounted price after the holiday. Most of us who are 40 and younger grew up with disposable paper items. Because that’s all we knew, they became the norm.

Yakezie Carnival – Credit Cards Edition

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You may need to spend some time writing down your goals and/or expectations for retirement, but asking the questions is where everyone begins. It may not be: you might have a good treatment option available, or your pet might be best living out his or her final days.

5 Budget Friendly Ways to Bring More Life to Your Apartment

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If you are budgeting for furniture and appliances, your may have more creativity than cash. You can visit garage sales, local flea markets and scratch and dent stores to locate used furniture that needs to be refurbished.

Make Your Own Board Game

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I keep a roll of heavy paper (which I buy at Home Depot for about $11 for a roll about 2 inches thick and 2 feet wide) to use in wrapping packages, protecting floors during home projects, making garage sale signs and etc. I will probably use an old garage sale board game as the base, and just glue the printed game mat to it. The Toothpaste Millionaire is a juvenile level book that has many lessons to teach.

Why Did I Buy That!

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Last week I visited a garage sale. I didn’t feel obligated, but did end up buying another package of it at that sale! Just sit through the sales presentation and then take advantage of the ‘free’ advice. Another way sales personnel try to get you to buy is to invest time their time with you. We’ve all seen the ads that proclaim Sale ends Saturday, hurry while supplies last!

4 Crazy Hard Things To Check On When Buying a Home

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What is there today may drastically change tomorrow. What you see today as a quiet family friendly zone, may actually already be on its way to becoming a commercial district. Garage sales make a good excuse to get into the area without it seeming weird or awkward.

Should You Spend Your Money on Home Re-Decorating?

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Have you ever shopped at neighborhood garage sales? You may have self-image problems , they suggest that you might be obsessive if you redecorate often. Paint will run you upwards of $30 a gallon these days at the big box stores, and then there are the drop cloths, brushes, extender poles and ladders you may need to get to those lovely high spots.

Save Money and the Environment By Buying Second Hand

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Just look at the many people scouring garage sales in the summer. While they may have had to buy used in the early days of their marriage, they now likely have enough money to buy new, but they choose not to. Toaster Oven I bought a toaster oven at a garage sale for $2.

Used Furniture – Re-purpose, Recycle, Re-use.

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Garage sale and thrift store furniture bargains abound. Our home furnishings include many cherished family heirlooms, such as an iron bed my folks bought at a sale, or the hand carved bed frame purchased by my great-grandfather. Furniture is expensive, no doubt about it.

Things You Can Do To NOT Make Money

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This may sound like a great idea to you, but what can you do to get those multiple streams going? I’m betting that some of you folks may be writers – have you ever tried to have fiction published in a printed media? Moving sales usually have just a few big pieces.

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Wait, Don’t Buy That Yet!

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Sure I knew about the ‘White sales’ – the ones stores used to have in January on sheets and towels and such, but I really hadn’t a clue that there is a best time to buy many other things! Most claimed that the holiday sales were of no-name TVs.

3 Tried-and-True Tips for a Frugal Family

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You can find lightly used clothes and toys at garage sales or thrift stores to save as much as 90 percent off retail, according to LivingOnADime.com, a site dedicated to frugal living. If you talk first, you may talk yourself out of a deal that the other person was about to accept.

Things I’ve Learned During 30 + Years of Home Ownership

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As a child and teen, I painted (inside and out), mowed and trimmed, punched holes in concrete to install decorate iron railings, worked with hand and power tools and helped my parents do everything from putting up a garage to putting up storm windows.

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The One Most Important Thing You Need to Get Rich

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While these things obviously could bring in a lot of money, they actually may not make you rich or help you stay that way if you do make it. If the first product you invent doesn’t take off (fails) then your single minded persistence may cause you to try another, or retrain for a new job or develop a side income. When you are just starting out, you may be persisting in activities to get the training to land a job to get some income.

Meet Amanda & Daniel. They Paid Off $68,000 in Debt in 8 Months.

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We sold extra items that we weren’t using through Craigslist and garage sales. Family and friends may think you are crazy for paying off your debt. Today’s Debt Free Story is from Amanda & Daniel.

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10 Reasons You’re Broke

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If you always have more month than cash and never seem to get ahead or even to even, it’s time to look at some reasons you may be broke. You go weekend e-baying, garage-saling or to the flea markets.

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How Are Billionaires Different Than Millionaires?

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Forbes studied (unscientifically) some of 657 of the billionaires on their list and found some assorted factoids that may or may not be significant in the making of a billionaire. Do You Know a Millionaire Garage Sale-er?

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Introducing the new Marketplace Feature | Buy & Sell What YOU Want

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I am very excited about this new feature here at Saving Cents with Sense – and for those of you astute readers, you may have already noticed the new “ Buy/Sell ” tab in the top header.

The Best Place To Hide Valuables In Your Home

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Sure, once in a while a garage will be broken into and a car or some high-end items will be taken, but for the most part garages are left alone whenever a criminal decides to break into a home. Here are some ideas for where to hide valuables in your garage: An old paint can.

The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year – Details

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What you can save on, what to expect to go on sale, each month, a list of awesome things to stock up on for the entire year ! Also, fresh blueberries at this time too, is on sale for $1 to $2 less, thanks to it being summer in South America. April Showers brings May Flowers!

Kindergarten to College – Back to School Money Tips

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I love to shop garage sales. This post was written by Marie. . Who wants to think about Back to School when we are mired in the dog days of summer?

Back to School Clothes for Less | 5 Tips to Save

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Use coupons and pair them with sales to help you save. Hit up fall garage sales. Even in the fall months, garage sales can still be found. Check your local paper or Craigslist for sales in your area advertising children’s clothing.

Christmas in July

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Start talking about the possibility of exchanging gifts with out of town recipients AFTER the actual holiday date – so you can buy their gifts on sale after the holiday. She also loves to go to garage sales and most of her small gifts are loot from her bargains at the sales.

I Exercised at Home for 25 Years and So Can You!

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Routines may be boring, but the right ones can really help you get things done. Step platform with 2 steps – purchased at a garage sale for $2. Since 1986, I have exercised in the morning with astounding (to me) regularity.

How To Organize A Project

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After you do the table of contents and organize the list, you may have a clear idea of where the project needs to go and what you need to do on it, but you still may be stuck as to where to start. Once you get started, you may find that the momentum will keep you going.

Canning CAN Be Cheap!

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I have found that garage sales , flea markets , estate sales or Mom/Grandma’s basement are the best places to score a great deal on used canning jars. Canners are readily available for sale at a great discount through online sellers at eBay and Craigslist.

5 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time

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Instead of buying items that you may only need for one time, you should consider borrowing items from a friend, family member, or a neighbor. You no longer have to go to garage sales and flea markets to pick up these items.