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Frugal Fridays- Garage Sales June 14, 2007

Filed under: Frugal Fridays — thediaperdiaries @ 10:25 pm

frugalfridays.jpgAnyone who knows me knows I am a huge garage sale fan. I go nearly every weekend and have it down to a science. Here are my tips to make your experience more enjoyable and save you money.

1. Do your research: Check out classifieds in your paper and utilize Craigslist if it is available in your area. Look for sales that are in the same general area.

2. Be wary of rummage sales and neighborhood sales: It is not that you can’t find good deals at these because you definitely can. I have found at rummage sales you have to look through a lot of junk to find treasures. The upside is they have usually priced things very low. Block sales can totally pay off, but I find that a lot of times you have people in the neighborhood who have 3 things they pulled out of their basement and slapped up a sign since everyone else in the neighborhood is having one to.

3. Always bargain: If something is priced well than feel free to pay for it, but it never hurts to ask if someone will take less and the worst they can say is no. This is especially important if you are buying a lot of stuff. If I have 7 pieces of clothing all priced at $1, I will offer $5 for the pile.

4. Leave the kids at home: If at all possible, leave them at home. They just beg for junk that will end up in your garage sale the next weekend.

5. Think about what you buying. Almost every garage sale I go to lately is selling bread makers, juicers, or some other kitchen gadget that has only one use. Just because it is a $5 bread maker doesn’t mean you will ever use it  (Honey, please use that food dehydrator you told me to buy at the garage sale)

As always you aren’t saving money if you are buying lots of cheap things you don’t need. I off to another sale 🙂 You can check out more frugal ideas at Biblical Womanhood.

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3 Responses to “Frugal Fridays- Garage Sales”

  1. Mandy Says:

    GarageMama.com is a great free tool for finding garage sales on a map of your area. I used it for my last garage sale.

  2. thediaperdiaries Says:

    Thanks for the tip!

  3. Carrie J Says:

    Great tips. The only one I don’t agree with is leaving kids at home (unless they are very young or you just want out by yourself). We used yard sales as teaching tools. Each child had so much money, usually $1-3 dollars to spend. We had little chores they could do to earn extra money that they could spend as they wished so that determined how much they had to spend. We would talk over their purchases before they bought. We taught them how to bargain as well and when not too. They learned early how to shop and would sometimes come home will left over money that they took with them the next week. It was an easy way to teach them to handle money.
    I agree about the appliances. I’ll trade my rice cooker for your dehydrator! LOL


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