Frugal good. Frugal bad.

May 13th, 2009
Benjamin Franklin said the following:
“Rather to go to bed supperless than rise in debt”
“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship”

Ben was one smart guy. He probably knew how to stretch his pennies. I try to do that. I try to stretch our one-income paychecks every way I can. Although I don’t have a job (ok, motherhood is a 24/7 job), I do try to bring in some income now and then. One way I do this is by finding deals on items at thrift stores, garage sales, book sales, etc. and then reselling them.

Two days ago, our son had a meeting to go to for 1.5 hours. As I had time to kill, I went to my favorite thrift store: Goodwill Blue Hanger. This is Goodwill’s thrift store. Seriously. It is amazing. I have found $100 Ralph Lauren pants (still tagged) for $1.25. About 4/5 of my closet is thrift store clothing. You would never know it by the look of them. I look over everything like a hawk and buy expensive labels. Yup, I’m cheap.

Anyway, I went over to my local Blue Hanger and spent the next hour + looking through bins of donations. My local store no longer carries clothing. They only carry housewares and books now. A warehouse FULL of these things. I could spend hours and hours in there and not see everything.

I happened across 7 practically new piano sheet music books (Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Seussical the Musical, Cabaret, etc.). How much did I spend for each? Fifty cents. I think the cheapest book cost $12 new. Not bad for fifty cents.

I also ran across a teacher instruction book + new/never opened instructional disk for teaching children to read. The book was in impeccable condition. As I have a homeschool book sale this Friday, I thought I would buy it to sell this week.

When I got home, I thought I would look online to see what the instructional reading book was worth. I am sure that I looked like a cartoon character with my eyes bugging out at the screen. This book new was over $100! I couldn’t find the book any cheaper online then $60. Woohoo!

I turned right around and posted my $4.00 purchases in hopes of making something in return. I got an order today for my instructional book: $50! Gotta love amazing finds like that.

I went out today and visited my second favorite book sight: Salvation Army. On Wednesdays, they have 1/2 off throughout the store. Books that were normally .50, are now just .25. I have found many wonderful Sonlight & Veritas readers there. I have filled many shelves in our home with books from this thrift store.

I walked up to the book shelves to see that they had changed their pricing. Books were no longer .50 each. Now, they were at least $1 (that was even for the really beat up children’s books). They also stopped the 1/2 off deal on books. I was crushed. I know that they need to make money. I just felt like one of my “buying secrets” had vanished before my eyes.

Being frugal can be a great thing. You can stretch your dollar and perhaps make a few by utilizing your time and wits. I guess I will need to work a bit harder to find sources for great deals. I know they are out there. I will find them. Oh yes…I will.

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