As our family grew, we learned that we could not afford everything we needed (or even wanted) at full price. Our journey to live more frugally began when our children were young and continues today. We have past on to our children the importance of shopping smart and buying wisely. As a matter of fact, I love the Duggar’s motto of “buy used and save the rest.” The following five ways are how we do this in our family.
1. Thrift Stores. One of the best places to save money is a good thrift store. There you can find new used items like clothing, shoes and household items. Sometimes you can find brand new unused items as well. We have been blessed to find most of our skirts (for us girls) and shirts (for the boys) for a fraction of the cost. We’ve also found a nice households items when shopping wisely.
2. Clearance/Sales. When I find myself in a regular store, I always wander to the clearance racks and aisles when I have time. I usually look for items that are 70 – 90% off. We have found some real nice items for our family and paid nearly nothing for it. We also keep our eyes open for good sales on specific items we’re looking for. This calls for comparison shopping and patience.
3. Yard Sales/Flea Markets. I believe summer time was made for saving money. Yard sales and flea markets are in abundance and worth visiting. If you shop smart, you can find great items at a low cost. We found my like new sewing table and baker’s rack at a yard sale for real cheap and in excellent condition. Plus, I find yard sale and flea market shopping a good way to help out others as well as great fun.
4. Make It Yourself. If you are desiring a specific item for your home, do some research and see if it can be made instead of purchased. It is possible that supplies to make something you are needing is cheaper than buying it already made. Plus, its a great way for a family to do something together. Also, you can personalize it to fit your home decor and ambiance.
5. Craigslist, Ebay, Amazon. These sites we use sparingly but we have found what we were looking for when we couldn’t find them anywhere else at an affordable cost. If you shop wisely, you can find what you’re looking and maybe even bargain to get it at a lower cost. It is worth researching when the need arises.
How do you frugal shop for your family?