First of all let me say this:
saving money is not a poverty issue.
It's a spending smart concept that anyone can embrace.
I have to say, I get my frugality from my dad...it's in my genes.
(I also get my freckles and my green eyes from him)
Long before the economy turned sour I embraced the world of thrift stores and consignment sales.
I don't think of it as buying used stuff,
but rather as purchasing recycled goods to help keep the earth clean,
and save money all at once!
Some people are almost ashamed of shopping frugally, but then again, saving money is not a poverty issue, it's a spending smart concept.
So let's look at 3 ways of shopping smart.
are most often non-profit.
Think of Goodwill or Salvation Army.
You a good deal and help others as well.
The larger stores often get irregulars donated to them from big retail stores such as Target.
I have found new and unwashed clothes with tags still on, indicating the garment has been worn not at all.
Sometime people get gifts they never wear or that are the wrong size and donate them.
I have also recently found several brand new, household items,
donated from a Target that was closed down.
A total worth of over $90, for as little as $22.
carry many household and decorative items as well, perfect for college dorms or temporary fixes when you're cash strapped.
You can find a lot of "trash" at those stores, as well as some awesome deals.
|$12 shopping trip|
Consignment or resale stores
are the best place to shop if you need clothing of a better quality.
Owners are picky about the clothing they take in so most are in very good shape,
but come with a higher price tag.
Consignment stores are also a great place to find clothes for babies and toddlers.
I have bought plenty Stride rite shoes (over the last 4 years) for our girls for about $2 a pair.
Those are nice shoes folks!!
My #1 rule for buying anything second hand:
can it be washed or wiped down with clorox?