We’re having lots of fun with our sisters here… and of course staying up way too late. The time has flown by so quickly, but we’ve fit a lot in… including a fun trip to the thrift store in which we all found something we loved. Yay!
Like many a thrifty mama, yard sales and thrift stores are among my favorite places to shop. I like casting my money vote for the thrifty choice. Even more than that, I like to help minimize consumer waste by reusing perfectly good items.
However, when you’re bombarded with good deals on every side, it’s all the more important to follow good shopping guidelines. Otherwise it’s easy to succumb to the “Look! I’m not exactly sure what this is for, but it’s only 10¢!” pitfall.
- Know what you already have before shopping. By sorting through the clothes, shoes, and other items you already own before shopping, you avoid adding ten new shirts to an already large collection or passing by a pair of cute shoes because you forgot that you needed them.
- Make a list of needs. I am a minimalist at heart, so my children’s and my wardrobes are simple. (Honestly, does any kid actually wear 20 church outfits in one season anyway?) I made a barebones clothing list which makes it easy to see what items we really need.
- Make a list of wants. Know the difference between the lists!
- Remember upcoming birthdays. Sometimes, you just might find a brand-new gift for a fraction of the retail price.
- Stick to a budget. Even dollars and quarters add up.
- Have a target price per purchase. Ideally, I’d like to pay no more than 50¢ per item of kid’s clothes or $2 per pair of shoes.
- Just because it’s a good deal, doesn’t mean you should by it. Even if an item is only 25¢, if it’s just going to clutter your home, it’s a wasted 25¢. Leave it for someone else who could really use it!
What about you? What are your shopping guidelines?
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