Savvy Shopper’s Guidelines (Thrifty Thursday)

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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Make a list of wants. Know the difference between the lists!
  4. Remember upcoming birthdays. Sometimes, you just might find a brand-new gift for a fraction of the retail price.
  5. Stick to a budget. Even dollars and quarters add up.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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  1. says

    Since I don’t really like to go thrift shopping unless I’m looking for used books, 🙂 I don’t have much problem until it comes to hats. I love hats and the older they are the better. 🙂 At least I don’t find them too often and I don’t like to spend much for them. 😉

    I’m sure you’re having a wonderful time! And when sisters are there for a visit, you just “have” to stay up late. 😀

  2. says

    Hi, Anna
    Its great to hear that you are having such a blessed time with your sisters. I love going to thrift stores with my daughter and looking for “finds”. One of my favourite finds is old baskets — the larger and sturdier the better. The making of baskets has not been mechanized and so every basket represents the hand work of an artisan basket maker — even if they are massed produced. I love baskets!

    Today I shared the series that I am writing on about building a homestead herbal pharmacy for treating pets and livestock. Herbal medicine is sustainable, and when you grow your own herbs, more thrifty than alleopathic medicine. Plus many times herbal medicine is more effective. In these times building a garden for herbs or wild crafting herbs is the best medicine for your pets and livestock and also for your family. I hope your readers are blessed by the post.

    Have a great time with your sisters.
    Chris

    • anna says

      Thanks Chris! We had such a good time. It’s hard to believe the week is already over. 🙂

      Thanks for linking up with us again. Your posts are always so informational! Love them!

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