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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Frugal Tips - Garage Sale Shopping

Frugal Tips - Garage Sale Shopping

Saturday was a beautiful day! Not just because the sun was shinning but because of the bright pink and green signs saying “Yard Sale” tacked on light poles around our town.
It was my first yard sale of the season and it didn’t disappoint. What first caught my attention were some area rugs that my mother-in-law needs. I could tell by the prices on them that this was a “we want to get rid of this stuff” type of sale. I ended up leaving with a steam juicer that looks as if it had never been used. I paid $9 for it! Quite a good bargain since I saw one that looked just like it in a catalogue for $129 and another for $149.


Garage sales can be a great place to find just about anything. Here are 5 garage sale shopping tips:

  • Have a budget. You can really break the bank at these sales. It’s easy come home with an armful of stuff. So before you leave your house have a certain amount of money that you will spend and when it’s gone, you’re done.

  • Start early. If it’s a good sale like the one I went to this past weekend, a lot of the good stuff will go fast. Caution. Don’t go too early. If the sign or ad says it starts at 8 am don’t be there at 7:30 rummaging through boxes that they haven’t put out yet.

  • Test it before you buy it. It’s not a good deal if it doesn’t work.

  • Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap. As I said before, it’s easy to come home with an armload of stuff and your house will end up full of things you don’t need and you’ll have wasted your money. Those nickels and dimes really do add up.

  • Make a list of things that you do need. Sometimes it’s hard to remember exact details of what you needed so make a list including dimensions and sizes. Also, ask family members what they need or what they use, have to buy, or even replace most often and keep a running list, so you can fill it when the opportunity presents itself. You definitely could call this “opportunity shopping”.

Yard Sales are a fun and great way to find things that you can use. Like the saying goes “ One man’s junk is another mans treasure.”

Live less live more,


1 comment:

  1. Last month, My family had a yard sale because we are planning to move. That was the first time I have witnessed a yard sale and it just lasted 3 hours and we made 1480$ out of all the stuff that we sold. Not bad.