I have NOT arrived! You may know that already, but I felt the need of announcing it. I am not completely a thrifty mama, but I am sure loving trying. I love garage sales, thrift stores, and searching online for cheap and free things to meet my needs. I am going to pass along a few of my secrets. Maybe you already know them? Maybe you have a few secrets of your own? Please, do tell!
I subscribe to a yahoo group called Freecycle. I have included the link to the main page for you to check it out. On this email list I can post things I am getting rid of (and people come and pick the up!). I can also post requests for things I need (and some kind people have even offered to drop them off! – I think this depends on how badly they want to get rid of the item). Check out Freecycle. I am sure there is one in a city near you.
A website that I use frequently is Used Canada (well, I use the one for my city). My husband has picked up free desks, dressers, and other misc. that people had posted on this site. If you live in Canada, I would definitely recommend checking it out.
I occasionally find things listed on this site that are useful. I think where I live Used Canada is more active than Craigslist. I often find the same things listed in both places. I don’t think this would be the case for someone living in the states (as you don’t have access to Used Canada). Check it out and see if you can find anything you need on here. Don’t forget you can always post and ask for what you need too.
I was just recently made aware of another yahoo group called Cheapskates. There are three for my city. Why not go to the yahoo groups home page (I included the link for you) and type in cheapskates and your city (well, the name of your city) and see if anything comes up. If nothing comes up, try a larger geographical area or just try typing – cheapskates – and then go through each listing one by one (yes, I really do stuff like this).
I love checking out garage sales. I often find tons of fun stuff for really cheap. My favorite finds are books and unique items. Sometimes I go out searching for a list of things that I need. Other times I like the thrill of the chase.
I love visiting thrift stores to see what I can find. We have Salvation Army, Value Village, St. Vincent De Paul, Bibles For Missions, and many more. Some are better in price and stock than others. Have a look and see what your community has. You never know what is waiting for you.
Here are a few websites to give you some great ideas to stretch your money just a little bit farther.
All Things Frugal
Heart 4 Home
Christian Homemaking – Frugal Living
I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on saving money. Are you a thrifty mama? I would love to hear about how you save your family money.