Photogrpah by Shannon L. Buck, copyright January 31, 2017.

Kmart Shopping Trip #2 – Closing Sales

My first Kmart closing sale shopping experience was on January 17. It netted me one good deal and a few mediocre ones. Today’s shopping trip was a little better. Keeping in mind my promise of not buying things I don’t need and haven’t already decided to get, I thought carefully about each item and came away with some good deals. I noticed that more items … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trip #2 – Closing Sales

Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

I do a fair amount of shopping at thrift shops. As a matter-of-fact, most of what I bought for the baby shower I threw for my daughter and son-in-law came from thrift stores, and when Little Man is growing out of another size clothing, that is where I head with a list from my daughter. I buy as much of my own clothing as I … Continue reading Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

I love yard sales, thrift shops, clearance sales, flea markets. I always find gems when I visit, and save so much over the price of new-bought items. I am a frugalista, how about you? When buying from thrift shops and flea markets, you are reusing other people’s stuff. This means that it is not going into a landfill, and someone local is earning money. Both … Continue reading Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

Back to School Savings Ideas

I do not really have an article this week, but wanted to pass along some links to back to school articles you will find useful. Please feel free to add any other links to back to school savings articles and back to school lunch articles in the comments of this section. Thank you. Tips for Packing Affordable School Lunches After back to school sales Back to … Continue reading Back to School Savings Ideas

Designer Clothing and Teens

Do teens still think they ‘need’ designer clothing? Amy Dacyzyn touches upon this subject on page 93 of her book The Complete Tightwad Gazette. She says: “Give your child a clothing budget…Save designer labels…form a parent group against…” Here are my thoughts: I have a teenager and a 20-year-old. We have always been ‘poor’ and most of their clothes have been hand-me-downs. When I have purchased … Continue reading Designer Clothing and Teens

Yard Sale and Thrift Shop Finds

Today was a good day for me. I was being my frugal self, and needed to procure some things for my home and the upcoming holiday season. After taking the children up on the bike path to collect samples from the pond to look at under the microscope (which was, by the way, a free field trip), we went to the thrift shop and a … Continue reading Yard Sale and Thrift Shop Finds

Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Well, I don’t have a pattern as I have not quilted anything yet. My sister is quilting using our father’s clothes and store bought fabric. Our father passed away a year-and-a-half ago, and she is making us memory pieces. I was thinking that we could do different things with old clothes, and here are some ideas for fabric to use: * Old Jeans would be … Continue reading Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Helping Neighbors

I am the kind of person who enjoys helping people. I like to do things, without wanting money for my efforts. I have a neighbor who has had many surgeries, and is need of another. She and her husband are going to be moving in the spring, and she needs help going through her things. They are actually selling their home and most of their … Continue reading Helping Neighbors

The Dreaded Price Book

Admittedly, I have not started one of these yet. I read about them year ago in The Tightwad Gazette, but never wanted to take the time to make one. Why should I have? I could remember all of the prices, at all of the stores, for the items that I purchased. Unfortunately, prices on different things are rising o often that I can no longer … Continue reading The Dreaded Price Book