With the airing of The Learning Channel’s show Extreme Couponing last night, the art of acquiring stuff without spending money rocketed into the spotlight once again. As swappers, we know that part of the buzz you get from a great swap is from celebrating the money you saved by swapping instead of shopping. But swapping isn’t the only way to score huge deals on new-to-you stuff.
It’s spring and yard sales are everywhere. This Shoestring Magazing guide includes tips on finding a good yard sale, and hosting your own.
Goodwill and Salvation Army:
Shopping at Goodwill and the Salvation Army (and other mission-driven second-hand stores like them) gives you more than just big savings; it also gives you the satisfaction that your minimal dollars are being funneled towards improving the lives of those in need in your local community and across the globe.
“Dumpster diving” is one extreme of the freeganism (or scavenging) trend, but luckily there are other more appetizing ways to get free food. For instance, did you know that any food-bearing plant on public property is available for public consumption? Several US organizations are dedicated to promoting this fact and to organizing efforts to preserve and grow “urban orchards.” The Boston Tree Party is one such group.
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Finally, to help you on your journey to never paying full price again, enjoy the Thrifting Jargon Dictionary. You’ll be talking freegan in no time.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay frugal? What would you add to this list?
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