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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What I look for at Garage Sales

One of the simple pleasures I have in my life is the fun I have garage saleing. Sounds crazy maybe, but then again if you live a frugal lifestyle, you know just what I mean. This past weekend I found a huge roll of vinyl flooring which I need for a bathroom for $10! The next day I found a tub of flooring glue for 50c. Imagine that, a new bathroom floor (and maybe even the laundry room) for $10.50!

There are a few things I always look for at garage sales so I thought I'd share my list.

Toys - you'll notice I have 6 children and toys are expensive.
Games - same as above
Tools
Yard tools
Children's/Baby clothes - kids are tough on clothes and outgrow them quickly so why pay full price?
Puzzles - I look for the unopened ones.
Kitchen items
Small appliances - plug it in and make sure it works
Home decor - some people have really good taste
Craft items
Sports equipment

Another thing I do is watch for something I need (like the flooring). If I'm patient I can usually find what I'm looking for and at a great price.

What do you look for at garage sales? Do you have any great finds?

Live less, live more
Renee

Garage saleing works for me so I'm sharing this over at Works for me Wednesday. Go on over and check it out.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Quick tip - Cheap Greeting Cards

With weddings, graduations and Father's Day just around the corner I thought I'd share a tip I've found that can save you money when you need to send a greeting card.

Check out the dollar store and/or the thrift store first. Thrift stores have lots of cards for really cheap, I'm talking anywhere from 10c - 50c. The selection is OK.

Dollar Stores have a much broader choice and their cards can be any where from 3/$1, 2/$1 or $1. They're nice cards too.  Better than the 99c ones you find at the grocery store that don't say much of anything and WAY better than spending $4 or $5 on a card! Can you imagine?

I hope you enjoy your celebrations, whatever they may be.

Live less, live more
Renee

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Quick tip - Make a list

Have you ever been sucked into the vortex of the grocery store? Yeah, I have plenty of times.
Studies show that the longer you are in the store the more money you will spend. Makes sense. Think of all the things the stores do to try and get you to stay longer. Samples, nice music, the nice little coffee spots. I'm sure there are dozens more.
When you're trying to stick to a budget the last thing you want to do is spend more time in the grocery store. I have found that when I make a list of what I need I can get in and out, and not spend so much time meandering the aisles asking myself  "do I need this?". Chances are if I ask I'll end up buying it.
Before you leave your home make a list of what you need. This is also a good time to check the circulars for sales or coupons.
Stick to your list and you can get in and out of the store with your budget intact.

Live less, live more
Renee

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