I started to post this on the bargain thread but never did. I think it is more fitting here. I shop at thrift shops, goodwill, etc. for a lot of things. I had been looking everywhere for a dolphin to put in my flower garden at our place at the beach.
I looked everywhere for one and could not find one. The ones I found on the internet were going to cost me a fortune in shipping. Right before Christmas I went to Goodwill looking for cake plates. I walked around and was standing at a shelf looking at some plates and just happened to look down and there it was!!!
I thought I was going to faint!!! My hands started to shake. I looked on the price tag and it was $7.99. My head started to spin! I kid you not :blabla: I told my son to go get me a buggy and I stood there with my hand on its head scared to death someone else would see it and want it. Needless to say when I put that big thing in my buggy and walked to the check-out, everybody stopped shopping and started pointing and laughing! That made me mad. I wanted to stop and tell everybody to just kiss my @ss! But if they knew what I was going to do with it they would think it was cute too.
At the beach they have the best yard sales. The secret to yard sales is to find community sales. A lot of housing developements will have yard sales 2 times a year (spring and fall). You can go and park your car on the side of the road and walk from house to house. Look for the rich neighborhoods. I bought a rug that was $150.00 at retail for $30.00. It still had the tag on it. Never been used. I bought my son a $60.00 lightly used putter for $5.00. And it is not true you have to get to yard sales at 5 or 6am. Sometimes if you wait till 11:00 or so, they are ready to sell things even cheaper so they don't have to pack it up again. That is the bargaining time.
But my #1 way to save money is ask myself, DO I NEED IT OR DO I JUST WANT IT? CAN LIFE GO ON WITHOUT IT? CAN I POSSIBLY FIND IT SOMEWHERE ELSE CHEAPER? Most of the time when I see something I just want, when I get it, its not that big a deal to me anymore.
I hope this helps give everybody some good ideas! I have to pinch every penny just to pay for that "investment" at the beach!