8 Great Things that You Can Find at Thrift Stores

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Most people think clothes when they think about what a thrift shop sells, but these shops often sell a number of other things that people can use in their day to day lives. Larger thrift stores like the Salvation Army and Goodwill, often have a little bit of everything in their stores.

How to Shop at Thrift Stores for Clothes To Save Money

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If you are looking for a way to save some money or if you are looking for a place to find good deals, you should check out your local thrift. Thrift stores are great places to find all sorts of things, but they are especially good places to find clothing.

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25 Ways to Find Money for Your Emergency Fund

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Stop Spending, BUT still live well: 1 – Declare a “Needs Only” month. Have you ever bought a pair of shoes that looked really cute in the store, but ended up sitting in your closet? If you need to work a second job, it might as well be interesting to you.

5 Ways College Students Can Stretch a Dollar

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Thrift Store Style. Thrift stores, on the other hand, offer affordable, stylish clothing. You can find cool vintage threads as well to mix and match. Many shoppers are now turning to thrift stores to find fashionable items.

Save Money: Buy These 7 Items Used

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As long as we buy them from an authorized source, we can get a guarantee as well. We were able to get a great deal on older couches that were very well-built. We’ve bought used video games as well. If you want to save money, one of the best options is to buy used.

One Month of Spending Zero

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What we’re NOT paying for: • Groceries • Household Items • Clothing • Meals Out • Entertainment How we’ll manage: Eat from the Pantry/Freezer We have a very well-stocked freezer and pantry, of which we’ll be taking advantage.

7 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

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A meal plan can be one of the best ways to avoid last-minute takeout runs, as well as ensure that you have a way to use the food you buy. In many localities, it’s possible to find stores that allow you to bring your own packaging.

What Makes a Saver?

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Those affected by our recent Great Recession have had the benefits of saving reinforced as well. As a young mom, I saved like mad – going to garage sales, thrift stores and accepting hand me downs on toys and clothing. As a well salaried professional, I started spending again – on home remodeling, on college expenses for the kids and on travel. If we truly be either saver or spender, what makes us one or the other?

Basic Home Decorating Tips That Will Make Your Home Look Great

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Many people overlook the power of using textures in a home to add points of interest as well as space and a homey feel. What home decorating basics have you found work well? My mom has a great eye for decorating a home.

5 Fun Crafts to Do with Leaves

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Well they are still super easy and fun. You can find plenty of frames at your local dollar store or thrift store. Everyone knows that the autumn season brings an abundance of leaves with it.

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How To Haggle For A Bargain

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I think I have become pretty darn good at it, and I will even haggle successfully at big chain stores like Macy’s, Home Depot, and Best Buy. Hopefully this advice can help you save some money as well and turn the art of haggling into a habit.

My Best Garage Sale Finds

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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. Garage sales and thrift stores are great places to find books and DVDs. I love a bargain.

Grocery Chopping: Cut Down Your Grocery Bill Without Using Coupons and $500 Giveaway

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Comparison shopping can be easy if you know where to look, but most people assume that to compare prices between stores you have to write out a lengthy shopping list and take that list from store to store seeing which store offers those products cheapest.

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. Costumes were typically home made but sometimes came from the dime store.

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. I found I had more spare time to spend with the family as well. Modern life is so frantic.

5 Easy Budget Categories to Reduce

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And my absolute #1 way to save money at the grocery store is to PLAN OUR MEALS. When you walk into a grocery store with a plan, you eliminate impulse & duplicate purchases. Water – Unless you have a well, you probably pay for your water. Need to cut your spending?

Five Home Renovation Savings Tips

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Know what you want to do and plan it out well ahead of time. 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. Thrift shops.

Christmas Gifts on a Budget: Up-cycling is the Answer

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Never toss china or tile into the garbage bin; these little well used and cracked porcelain treasures are up-cycling at its best. Cover thrift store finds such as boxes and crates with dish shards for an awesome magazine rack.

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. Use those as well. Some retail stores do still give out gift boxes for free, always check if you are buying in a brick and mortar store.

10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale

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You can easily find tags or stickers at a local store that will help make the prices more visible. First, you can consider donating the items to a local shelter or thrift store. By following these easy tips, you will be well prepared for your garage sale.

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

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In spite of the expense, some of the newer furniture is much less well made than older pieces. Garage sale and thrift store furniture bargains abound. You can also find older, quality items at used furniture stores. Furniture is expensive, no doubt about it.

Budget Friendly Camping for the Whole Family

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Old 1-liter Gatorade bottles are light, sturdy and do the job extremely well. If not, go to a local thrift store or go online on eBay/Craigslist and get yourself one.

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. 2016 will be THE year.

Meet Aja. She & her husband Paid Off $110,000 in Debt

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Be willing to sacrifice- there are things we had to do that made us look weird: home school, skip eating out as much with family, doing my own hair & nails, getting a wardrobe from the thrift store and forgoing paper towels. We still look for bargains and shop at thrift stores.

How We Saved in April 2017

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I’m constantly trying to optimize our spending to find ways to save money, but still live quite comfortably and well. In April, we saved quite a bit of money by comparison shopping, and choosing thrift first. April’s Thrift Store Finds.

Thrifty Finds: Brand Names, Dirt Cheap

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I stopped by my two favorite thrift stores last week: Salvation Army & Community Aid, a local store. I only go on Wednesdays, because both stores offer an additional 50% off on almost everything. So mom made out well! Do you shop at thrift stores?

5 Frugal DIY Halloween Decor Ideas

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It is like stores know how much we love getting our homes festive and so they put out décor at high prices, hoping that consumers won’t know any better and will just snatch it up. Well this Halloween season, you don’t need to fall for this trap! Make a dollar store fallscape.

Wait, Don’t Buy That Yet!

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Spending our precious and all too limited time searching online and in stores. Sometimes, as we shop we see things we would like to own and decide to treat ourselves with a gift or two as well. So, hey, I guess I can take the tax reduction next year as well as this!

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Get Rid of Fleas Without Chemicals

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As we know, the local pet store sells plenty of toxic products designed to kill those fleas dead in no time. I sprinkle it around the foundation every month or so as well as put it in the back of my kitchen cabinets and under the sink.

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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. We leave the nest – move out of Mom and Dad’s well stocked home. Some get stuff from stores, the less financially favored head for thrift stores, garage sales, Mom’s house or the trash pickup routes.

Don’t be a Buy-It-New Snob

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I also occasionally get to encourage young entrepreneurs by purchasing their wares (usually soda or lemonade but sometimes more ambitions products as well). Here is a short list of some of my favorite finds at garage, estate and thrift store sales.

The good, the bad, and the ugly from my ThredUp order

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This Banana Republic shirt ($9.99) fit me pretty well, but I have no idea why I ordered something with colors like this. Oh well. I chose the return shipping label that’s free, which is great except that you get store credit instead of a refund. (To

My Week: Gentle Leader and Thrifty Sneakers

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Our sweet Ruby has assimilated into our family quite well. We found the best price for the Gentle Leader Headcollar at Amazon (that is my affiliate link) at around $8 less than the big box pet store. The girls and I hit my favorite thrift store this week.

How to Furnish a New Home For Next to Nothing

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We’ve been in the house for about a year, and now have a well furnished home. We painted the chair white (it used to be espresso brown) and freshened up the beige suede seat with a mustard color fabric that went well with the room.

Working Moms on a Budget: 5 Tips for Thrifty Business Fashion

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Thrift Shopping. With your wardrobe in mind, start with thrift stores. Thrift stores are not the dusty, smelly places of the past. Shopping at an online stores like Overstock means you’ll be able to get name brand clothing at a discount.

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Put Your Budget on a Diet: Saving Money by Living Medium

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“How to Live Large and Have Fun”, “How to Spend Millions on Credit and Never Pay a Dime”, “Live Large and On Charge…Cards”, “Living High on the Hog: The Art of Budget Busting”…these are all titles of fictitious books, but they might as well be bestsellers. Buy Store Brands.

Choosing Thrift First: Thinking Ahead

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I am having a lot of luck with thrifting this spring. We found summer jammies and shorts at our favorite thrift store a few weeks ago. Are you thinking ahead when you are thrifting? Thrifting

My Binder System for Organizing Some Important Areas of My Office and My Life

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Some people keep their recipes on the computer, but I prefer my binder with its well-used, splattered pages. But I have seen a variety of binders at yard sales and thrift stores for pocket change. I keep binders for many different areas of my life.

Six Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Grocery Bags

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These days most grocery stores no longer offer paper sacks, and if you have forgotten your reusable bags, you are probably going to go home with anywhere from one to two dozen little plastic sacks. You can often find these bags at your local grocery store for 99 cents or a dollar or two.

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

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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?