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What do you do to get a good deal?<br>
What are your best deals??<br><br>
I love yardsales!! I have even been known to peek into a dumpster if I see something good on top!! And bring on the free piles!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We have a middle-class income now and don't "need" to bargain-hunt by most people's standards, but IMO it's ALWAYS a good idea to avoid wasting money so that you have more available to save for the future, give to good causes, spend on other things, etc. Thanks to frugality, we are debt-free except for our mortgage, which we're paying off faster than scheduled.<br><br>
Also, I just enjoy the "gathering" process puts me in touch with my prehistoric foremothers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">! I love visiting potential bargain sites and checking out what's there and speculating on how far it'll drop in price before it sells out.<br><br>
Yard sales! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Used book stores! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Especially those that give credit for books you bring in!<br>
Thrift shops! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Used CD stores! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><a href="http://www.sciplus.com" target="_blank">American Science & Surplus</a> and other surplus stores! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Dollar stores! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Yes, they stock a lot of poorly made stuff (I once heard a baby say his first word in a dollar store; it was "crappy":LOL) but every so often you find an excellent item!<br><br>
I have two local favorite stores that I'll mention in case anybody local is reading:<br>
Construction Junction sells used/surplus building materials. After I rested my foot on the soapdish and smashed it off the wall <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">, we found a replacement that exactly matches our circa 1980 yellow tile, for only 25 cents!<br>
KML is a surplus grocery warehouse. It's totally no-frills (in a basement w/dripping pipes overhead) and you have to check if things are expired or if damaged packaging has affected the contents...and you have to have a sense of what things normally cost...but some of their stuff is way cheap! Also, they have amusing obscure brands like "Festal". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Another frugal mama here, but I'm mostly addicted to thrifting. There are two really nice Salvation Army stores here locally and big sales are pretty common. Several times a week, they will have 75% sales on a particular color of tag, Wednesdays are half off days, and sometimes they'll have certain items on sale (last week, one had sweaters for $.60 each).<br><br>
I got a good deal last week: two long rompers for ds this winter (Baby Gap and Carters), a pair of American Eagle shorts for me, and a neato bag made in Guatamala (using it as a diaper bag). Grand total: $1.60.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thriftiness runs in my family, and sometimes we can get a little competitive about it!<br><br>
I found a nice little pop-up trailer for my sister in the Want Advertiser for $1500 (worth 3-5K). My dad offered to go pick it up for her, and while he was there he talked the owner down to $1200!<br><br>
I'm addicted to Ebay (my entire dipaer collection cost < $100), and I'm pretty proud of my latest Wal-Mart clearance find: two sleevelss tops and two yoga pants ... total $4!<br><br>
Whether I need to bargain hunt or not, it's just plain fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thrift stores! Definitely my idea of a fun shopping excursion! Our local stores also do tag days (by color) and storewide sales usually 1 day/month. A recent deal was an Ecokids swim diaper for $0.39. I also frequent the second-hand/consignment stores. I love trading in our old clothing to get "new" stuff - Buffalo Exchange is a favorite of mine, and Once Upon A Child for my dd. And of course, vintage stores too. I've been wearing vintage since I was 12.<br>
Our family rule is try to buy it used first - it's good for the earth and our budget!
 

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Count me in. I love a great bargain.<br><br>
I love to go to the Goodwill . The things I have found there make me so very Happy!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I like to go to yardsales, but only if I have some one else( adult) with me. I don't kow how some people do ti with little kids. I want to scream by the second stop.It is such a pain!<br><br>
I have always wanted to go dumspter diving..but I am not brave enough. We live in a small town and most people know who my husband and I are..so..um, nope, not here!<br><br>
I like to find deals on toys and books especially. In Greenville PA., there was a bookstore in town called Amys, and I loved that place. Out here the book selection at the goodwill and the ones from the library have to suffice.<br><br>
I usually am on the look out for the following:<br><br>
Books.<br>
Kids Clothes<br>
Certain types of toys( Duplo/lego blocks, Little tykes waffles blocks,wooden toys of good quality/wooden puzzles with all the pieces,and additional parts to stuff we may already have)<br><br>
My kitchen is decorated in things I bought at the Goodwill. I collect those older copper gelatin molds, and my kitchen is full of them. I have actually started to get rid of the ones I don't like anymore and replace them and so on.<br><br>
My bathroom is another room that I decorated with things I found used.<br><br>
I look for things used first, and then I try to buy new.<br><br>
And, I do really like the dollar store for little kids birthday gifts and stocking stuffers.<br><br>
I also like Wal-mart for certain things. They have clearance stuff, but you have to search for it because although it is supposed to be in the "clearance" aisle..they move it.<br><br>
This summer I found a fisher price bubble mower that was barely used for .50 cents at a yard sale..AND a little tykes play kitchen for $15.00, plus a bunch of dishes .<br><br>
Just a week ago I paid $3.99 for a container of lego blocks and the box they came in..thses things were almost nineteen dollars at Toys-r-us and almost eighteen at wal-mart...Woo Hoo ! My big old bargain of the week.<br><br>
I do love bargains !
 

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I love bargains and free stuff and I have no shame <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Every year our city has "spring cleanup" where people put out all the stuff they don't want. The city comes by and hauls it all to the dump. I figure its prime bargain time<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> This year I made my mom drive me up and down the alley looking for good stuff (she has a truck). I wanted a patio set and some lawn chairs, and I found it all between about 4 different houses. The table was rusty, but a coat of paint made it perfect! I found a big orange umbrella to go with it as well as 4 lawn chairs. I look at it as "recycling".<br><br>
I love thrift store too. Almost all my furnishings and decorations are from there. I could never afford new, and after so many years of being poor I just don't see the point of buying anything but used. I found some great stuff at garage sales this years too! Lots of educational toys for ds1.<br><br>
My 3rd love is the reduced section at the discount grocery store. The dented tins, banged up boxes, and items that have been accidentally shipped to them are marked down really low.<br><br>
Wow, this post makes me sound ultra-cheap LOL. My dh is a student, plus he works almost full-time and I stay home. Now that we have 2 kids we are on a super-strict budget. Anything that saves money is more than welcome'round here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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i loooooove yard sales. and flea mkts. and thrift shops. and resale shops. that's how i live frugally. and i try not to buy stuff that i dont need.
 

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Have any of you ladies ever heard of the Tightwad gazette? It was a newsletter that ran for about 6 years...it is entirely devoted to the idea that "thrift is a viable option" as a lifestyle.<br>
If you try and find it in a library (as a true tightwad would<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ), the author's name is Amy Dazcyzyn.<br>
I think it's great. A little extreme in some parts, even she admits she probably wouldn't do all of it. But highly entertaining and motivational. She's funny and smart, it's got a TON of great ideas.<br><br>
I read it like it's scripture to get me through to the next paycheck sometimes. Thrift stores and garage saleing are a huge part of her "method..."<br><br>
My proudest "tightwad" practice is cloth diapering, because i think it's so much fun. I feel so proud of the money I save our family. I joke that our baby is doing her part to save us $$$ and I'm so proud of her. Saving money wasn't even the issue that converted me to CD, it was the health reasons and environmental stuff.<br><br>
By the way, there are three volumes of the collected newsletters called the Tightwad Gazette, but you can buy a whole book that's like an 800 page collection of all three. That's what I have. It's a hoot, and I really like her philosophy, even if I can't bring myself to wash out and re-use a greasy ziplock.
 

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I have that book, too! I love it! I will wash and re-use ziplocs once we get our own house.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thank You for this thread!! The Tightwad Gazette is my bible!! I am always looking for a new way to save money...I'm trying to save up so that I can stay home with my baby.
 

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I adore yard sales! I get so many devine finds that I cant think of which would be the best. I did last Saturday get one of those mesh things (bed rail?) that keeps kids from falling outa bed for .50, looks brand new. I also got 2 stuffed plastic grocery bags of name brand clothes for $18. Included me paying$4 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> for a very pretty pair of snow pants. I rarely pay over 1 dollar for any given peice of clothing. My girls and I have way more clothes than we really need but its so fun have such a varity to wear. Poor dh is a large man and I have a hard time finding anything for him. But thats ok because of all the $$$ I save from dressing the girls and I in yard sale finds.<br><br>
We have a thrift shop here in our small little town that I frequent that has some good stuff sometimes.<br><br>
I have dumpster dived since I have been a little girls<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> We live out in the country and just 300 feet from a dumster that serves about 10 miles. We have gotten some very good stuff out of there at times.
 

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Another excellent place to dumpster dive is colleges at the end of the school year--especially colleges where the students are well off and live on campus. I've found a ton of good stuff: furniture, books, clothes, laundry detergent, even food (my rule is only unused well sealed stuff like canned food, but if you were really hungry and willing to take the risk there's tons of food). In some areas of the country people think you're wacko if you do this but in other places (like Boston) you have a ton of competition. I know a janitor at a college that sold all of the stuff he found in the trash at the end of the year and had enough money to take his wife and son to Hawaii for a week and have spending money while there.
 

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We love to shop thrift shops, yard sales, and used book stores, but my favorite place for books is library booksales.<br><br>
We have learned the ropes on e-bay, too, so I have been able to make my book buying habit pay for itself!! I *always* at least break even at those booksales (and I buy a *lot* of books- we have over 5,000).<br><br>
So I would have to say that my best find was a .25 cent book that I sold for around fifty dollars.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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I know a janitor at a college that sold all of the stuff he found in the trash at the end of the year and had enough money to take his wife and son to Hawaii for a week and have spending money while there.<br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">Dang I have to share this one with my hubby! See there are ways for sure! Its my dream to go to Hawaii of course (w/o kids anyway at this time)!LOL!</span><br><br>
I love thrift store shopping!<br><br>
I love coupon shopping too, I check out the weekly ad's in the grocery stores and match up the items w/my manufacturer coupons. Its rewarding to see how much money you saved at the end of my receipt!
 

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I am just poor. I mean I like yard sales...I've been going to yard sales and dumpster diving with my mom since I was a kid. But I depend on them more than I like them. I am not good at negotiating. I always feel so high when I can do it, but most of the time I chicken out and just walk around buying crap for whatever. More of my stuff has been given to me than purchased second-hand.<br><br>
I don't really have anything in my house that wasn't given to me or purchased second hand or rescued from the trash. The desk I am sitting at right now was rescued when a company my dad worked at was going out of business. The bed right next to me(matress and all) was given to me by a neighbor when she got married. The bookshelf next to my bed was given to me by a good friend when he moved-- in his car-- to the other coast. The love seat across from that came to about $50 (and we got another couch and two big chairs, along with some smaller kitchen items). The story of that is that a woman my SO worked with was living with an older lady. When the older lady went to a nursing home, she was giving away all her furniture and other stuff. We just had to rent a moving truck and drive an hour to where they lived. We split the rental with the woman's brothers.<br><br>
It goes on like that...with this great *very heavy* solid oak dining room table I bought at a yard sale (with 6 chairs--that are the only part of the purchase I regret-- I think it was $150...I paid what they asked), to a complete living room furniture set (with stains) that we took from my BIL's trash when he bought a new set, a dryer we bought for $60 second-hand from the father of a co-worker when our dryer's motor went out, and tons of diningware we bought at yard sales and Goodwill and what not.<br><br>
Some people we know look down on us even as they unload their stuff to us. They think its because we are young ("everybody takes second hand stuff when they are just getting established"), but I figure why further destroy the environment by treating everything as disposable. And besides, I may never be able to afford new stuff.
 

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Bring on the Bargains!!!<br><br>
I have always been a bargain shopper, sometimes (like now) more out of necessity, sometimes just beacuse it makes cents <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">!<br><br>
Somthing I just discovered is freecycling!! It is an email group (arranged by city) where people post what they are looking for and what they are giving away. There are probably about 180 places that are doing it now. Check out <a href="http://www.freecycle.org" target="_blank">www.freecycle.org</a> to see if your town has it.<br><br>
I got some great clothes, a really nice desk, some fireplace stuff, a camping lantern, and a twin bed frame! All totally free (I had to pick it up)! Our budget is SUPER tight right now, and we live debt-free, except for mortgage. I love getting stuff for free!!<br><br><br>
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Sierra, don't feel so bad about it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Just think of how we are helping to kill consumerism! Let them look down on you if they want, but we know the truth, that they are fools for buying all kinds of new stuff, and that some people are just wasteful. As much as I love dumpster diving, I am angered at how much good stuff gets thrown out. Companies need to send this stuff back to the manufacturers, then they will stop producing so much crap over time.
 

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I love yard saling, thrift stores, any kind of bargain. I also need to shop this way, to some extent. I have kids who prefer name brands, and no way can I buy them retail, even on sale. Money here is tight, and I don't see spending it on things that can be had more cheaply. I also see it as a serious envoronmental issue.<br><br>
My only gripe is that I am working toward less "stuff" in general, and my dh loves to shop and buy stuff. Cheap stuff at a tag sale makes him happy, but I want less stuff, nor just cheap stuff!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Some of this year's best finds:<br>
a glider rocker with ottoman for $15.00<br>
a rice cooker for $2.00, and a pasta maker for $5.00<br>
flannel sheets and a duvet cover for the queen bed for $12.00<br>
countless toys and clothes for the toddler
 
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