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. If you are in more of a hurry, find a thrift store instead. But, find one in a high end neighborhood, one where the store sorts through the donations to select only the best. Typical garage sale prices are $.25 I love a bargain.

10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale

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Garage sales are a great way to make some extra money, and they are a great activity for kids during the summer break. With the proper amount of planning, you can have an easy, stress free garage sale where you make a profit. If you follow these tips, it will be easy to manage your own garage sale. Get With Friends One of the easiest things that you can do to help ensure that you have a successful garage sale is to get with some of your friends.

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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. Likewise, thrift stores are always full of people. Blender Fifteen years ago, I bought a blender at a garage sale for $3. Toaster Oven I bought a toaster oven at a garage sale for $2. Instead, I settled on a garage sale stand mixer I found for $10. Rather than spending money buying clothes in a new size every few months, I bought at garage sales and thrift stores.

Go Green This Halloween

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We do put up decorations (ones I buy at garage sales or thrift stores and reuse each year). If your child (or you) just has to have that store bought costume with all the non-biodegradable materials (you know, that one that costs you at least $20), then after its typical one time use, just donate to your local charity or sell it at your next garage sale or online. Search the attic, the backs of the closets, the garage and see what inspiration presents.

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Save Money: Buy These 7 Items Used

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Garage sales, estate sales, and moving sales are all great places to look for used furniture. 8 Great Things that You Can Find at Thrift Stores 10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale 5 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time How to Shop for Furniture at Thrift Stores How to Save Money on Baby Costs. If you want to save money, one of the best options is to buy used.

4 Simple Strategies to Save on Children’s Clothes

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You can find used children’s clothing at thrift stores, garage sales, or online via Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Children grow like weeds. Since they change sizes so quickly, it can be challenging and expensive to maintain an appropriate wardrobe. But you don’t have to empty your kids’ college funds to keep them decked out in the latest fashions. With these four simple strategies, you can save a ton of money on children’s clothes. Buy Out of Season.

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Halloween Spending Through the Years

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My favorite thrift store has a section dedicated to seasonal items. The number and variety of Halloween items in this thrift store surprised me. Now decorations range from creating entire ‘haunted’ garages to carving scads of pumpkins from your trip to the local pumpkin farm (to which admission is charged, rides to spend on are available and of course food and drink consumes funds as well).

Do You Save Wrapping? – Thrifty Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts

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She also scarfed up any other gift wrap that looked usable, and she stored it carefully away for use the next year. Some retail stores do still give out gift boxes for free, always check if you are buying in a brick and mortar store. Shop garage sales and thrift stores and estate sales. Christmas decorations, wrap, bows and ribbon all are continuous offerings at pretty much every garage sale, thrift store or estate sale I’ve ever shopped.

No Fuss DIY Swiffer Dry Sweeping Refills

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I keep it charged in my garage and I have now gotten into the habit of Swiffering (is that a word?) And when these squares wear out, I’ll head to the thrift store for some cheap flannel shirts. This post is linked to Follow Our Thrift. I hate to spend money on things that end up in the trash. I am also madly in love with my Swiffer Sweepervac. And there lies my dilemma. The flooring in every room in my home is either laminate or hard wood.

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Repair, Don’t Replace

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He built his own garage. At garage sales, are you attracted to those still usable but slightly defective items that no one else wants? 5 Pieces of Advice to Tell Your Child About Money- Part 2 Interview with a Self-Made Millionaire How to Make Your Own Clothes How to Shop for Furniture at Thrift Stores 10 Ways To Make Your Home A Zero-Waste Facility. What do you do when a pair of socks gets a hole in the heel? How about when a lamp stops working?

Organize Your Home

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You also know that picking a location to store something isn’t always logical and that things can get out of place over time, even after you have spent time and effort to optimally organize them! Store like things together. If you are looking for a can of spray paint you used last summer, you are more likely to look somewhere that you have other cans of paint stored. Store laundry supplies together – starch, detergent, spot remover, irons, fabric softener and etc.

Don’t be a Buy-It-New Snob

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Here is a short list of some of my favorite finds at garage, estate and thrift store sales. I used an old seat cushion I had and wrapped it with brand new material from another garage sale to pretty it up and make it softer, then stacked new throw pillows I found at yet another sale for $.50 I used it for years and sold it – for $25 – last summer in my own garage sale. My ribbon however came from a garage sale. Do You Know a Millionaire Garage Sale-er?

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Wait, Don’t Buy That Yet!

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Spending our precious and all too limited time searching online and in stores. 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! However, I wait until spring and summer to buy decorations – and get them at garage sales. For many, the end of the year holiday shopping frenzy can override our saner, more thrifty selves.

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What Makes a Saver?

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As a young mom, I saved like mad – going to garage sales, thrift stores and accepting hand me downs on toys and clothing. If we truly be either saver or spender, what makes us one or the other? Are we predestined from birth to be one or the other as at least one study proposes? Or is it our earliest environments that mold us to be one or the other? What is it that makes a person a saver? The act of saving.

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3 Savvy Ways to Save on Kids’ Sports Gear

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You can find secondhand sports gear at thrift stores, garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and sports resale shops, like Play It Again Sports. Going to your child’s baseball game may be a fun way to spend an evening. Watching your child get nothing but net may be super exciting. Seeing your child run the ball down the field to score a goal may get your adrenaline pumping.

Our 2018 Financial Goals

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Choose Thrift First. While I love thrift stores, I can be easily swayed to run into Target, TJ Maxx, and/or Kohl’s when I feel like I need something. I’m curious to see how much we can save and also how creative we can get by making do with what we already own or looking for things at a thrift store. I want to go through our basement, closets, and garage to look for unused items that we can sell. Did you make 2018 financial goals ?

Daily Frugal Tip: Make Bread At Home

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One of the simplest ways to save money (especially if you love bread as much as I do) is to home-make your bread rather than buying it at the store. A loaf of bread from the bakery at the grocery store costs at least $2. You can often find them at thrift stores and garage sales, though! If you buy all the necessary staples to make bread at home, you can make never-ending loaves of bread for probably less than 50¢ or 25¢ each.

How Little Could You Spend on Your Child in a Year?

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Many of the other items I needed like cloth diapers and clothes for the baby in bigger sizes I bought from garage sales. In our consumer driven society where we have everything for children from designer clothing stores to classes to iPads, how does someone go so counter society and not spend anything on her children save childcare and medical expenses? 8 Ways to Inspire Children to Help Others How to Shop at Thrift Stores for Clothes To Save Money.

Am I Frugal – or Cheap?

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Plus, the styles that fit are usually made by the high end manufacturers and carried in exclusive (expensive) clothing stores. There is a lovely thrift store not far from my neighborhood that receives donations from the folks in the local golfing gated community. Sometimes I wonder about myself. All my life I’ve been careful with money, most of the time through necessity, but now just through habit. I wonder if I’m really being frugal or if I am just being cheap.

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Growing up in the 1950?s

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riding lawn mowers, garage door openers and many, many more things we take for granted today. Ours was smaller (about 700 square feet) – 2 bedrooms (my brother and I shared one and my parents the other), a kitchen and a living room, No basement or garage. There were no garage door openers. Most food at the grocery store came from the USA. The only discount store was the 5 and dime aka ‘the dime store’ It did not sell food (except 1 penny candies).

How to Simplify Your Life to Make it Better

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Have a big box ready to take the throw-away items and another for anything that is good enough to go to the local thrift store. What about the old refrigerator in the garage you only use when you have a party? Modern life is so frantic. We have more labor-saving devices than ever before in human history but we are living life at a faster pace than ever.

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Five Home Renovation Savings Tips

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Take the time to learn any requisite skills, either by reading, learning online or perhaps attending some of the home improvement big box store presentations and skill shops. Garage or estate sales. Thrift shops. I scouted for tiles as I went to garage sales for other items and was lucky enough to find not only a big lot of beautiful travertine tiles, but also two very usable Kohler bath faucets – for which we bought one replacement part off the Kohler repair site.

Stuff – Full Circle

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Lists for Santa Claus, or for birthday gifts start them out and soon they are eyeing and selecting from the wonderful bounty at the stores. Some get stuff from stores, the less financially favored head for thrift stores, garage sales, Mom’s house or the trash pickup routes. Maybe you put it at the curb, hoping someone will take it and use it – or you sell it at a garage sale or some other used stuff venue.

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

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Garage sale and thrift store furniture bargains abound. You can also find older, quality items at used furniture stores. My daybed mattresses were previously used by a young girl, in her growing up bedroom, then stored by the parents for years. I used a standard hardware store staple gun that shot thick 3/8″ staples and was very hard to use. Furniture is expensive, no doubt about it.

Super Saver Holiday Ideas

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Plan ahead and hit garage sales, but especially estate sales. Thrift stores are also a great place to shop. Ice skating at the local outdoor rink, tours of homes, both new and historic, zoo events, heritage park demonstrations of holidays in years gone by, stores offering in-store activities (check out Bass Pro Shops or toy stores or your cities fanciest shopping area to find these).

Our Big Financial Goal for 2016

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Choose Thrift First. I have made a pact with myself that if I don’t already own something that I need, I will either: make do with what I have, find said item at a thrift store, borrow, or forget about it. And if forgetting about it isn’t an option, only then will I step foot into a store to purchase it. I want to go through our basement, closets, and garage to look for unused items that we can sell. 2016 will be THE year.

Should You Learn To Sew?

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Learning how to do alterations could land you a job in a bridal salon or formal wear store. If you own a material store, you want someone on staff that understands the customers – someone who knows how to sew! Today it is much less expensive to buy your clothes, even if you buy brand new and certainly if you shop some of the chic re-sale shops or even the thrift stores. Learning to sew takes time and equipment. Is it a skill that is worthwhile to learn these days?

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Beginning Exercise without Breaking the Bank

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Check out local thrift stores, Craigslist ads, and garage sales for low cost (and sometimes free!) Sometimes second hand sports stores also carry this type of equipment. Think you need an expensive gym membership to get in shape? Think again! You can’t escape the radio and TV ads this time of year boasting amazing deals at your local gym. While it may seem like a good idea – you’re paying for it so you’ll use it right?

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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. Everyone knows that you can clip coupons and eat out less to save money. That is not rocket science. What if you already do those things and are still looking for more ways to save? Then you are in luck! Here is a rundown of three easy ways to save money, and a lot of it. Buy Used.

20 Tips for Frugal Living

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Shop around at garage sales, thrift stores and online classifieds for furniture and other household items. 20 Tips for Frugal Living. Living frugally allows you to not only spend less than what you earn, but also allows you to earn less. You can use the difference in income to pay off debt, save or invest. If you need to earn less, this allows you to choose to work less, or work more but retire early. You have more options with a frugal lifestyle.

Beginning Exercise without Breaking the Bank

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Check out local thrift stores, Craigslist ads, and garage sales for low cost (and sometimes free!) Sometimes second hand sports stores also carry this type of equipment. Think you need an expensive gym membership to get in shape? Think again! You can’t escape the radio and TV ads this time of year boasting amazing deals at your local gym. While it may seem like a good idea – you’re paying for it so you’ll use it right?

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6 Tips to Save Money On Home Décor

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Even at discount stores, new furniture can easily set you back thousands of dollars. Check out some thrift stores, vintage stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Pick out your desired paint color at the hardware store and ask the sales person what you will need to paint a room. Sometimes, fabric stores will have sales on remnants up to three yards, which is ideal for upholstering a stool or side chair.