Okay folks, it is yard sale season. I am gearing up for a good hunt!! By now you should know me well enough to know that I am a planner when it comes to shopping. Living on a budget has taught me one thing: plan before you shop. Although, yard sales are fun and inexpensive; a penny and a quarter can add up quickly.
It is wise to plot your course when yard saling. You can find your local newspaper will have many of the sales listed in their classifieds. Plan a morning route using the addresses listed. I am a big fan of “neighborhood” sales. I actually only shop at “neighborhood” sales now.. competitive pricing. Some neighborhoods offer maps to the houses.
Stock up on quarters and ones.. And have a spending limit. I usually only take $20-$40 with me. Once the money is gone I am done… no excuses and no trips to the ATM. I will say this though..I broke the rule once…shocking isn’t it.. I happened upon a bedroom suite for my daughter. It was practically new and only $100. I pounced! Called Mark to hit the ATM!
Oh yeah! That’s right you read it correctly… a shopping list. I make a list of items that I need to either replace because ours is too worn out or things we wish we could have.. I am always looking out for certain things. I know I’m weird but it makes the shopping less compulsive if I have a list.
This year’s list:
gallon size pitcher
picture frames sizes 11×14
king size bedding
twin size bedding
books to read on vacation
Yard Sales are fun and they are a real economical way to shop. I have enough stuff already so it is really hard to not buy things just because they are cheap. But, trust me if you go looking with a list you will think twice about buying something compulsively because remember you only have so much money with you.. Oh and don’t forget to ask if they will take less than the sticker price.