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Stitch Fix: Budget Buster? or Worthwhile Investment?

Stitch Fix: Budget Buster? or Worthwhile Investment?

The other posts in this series:

Does Buying Children’s Clothing Online Make Cents?

Twice: Second Time is a Charm? (Online Thrifing)

Thred Up Review: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? (Online Thrifting)

I Don’t Buy Clothes Online…CONVERT (Thrift Stores)

I was raised on second-hand clothing. I’m raising my kids on second-hand clothing…it’s just our thing. But I know from talking to some of you, that’s just NOT your thing. And you know what, that’s okay.

Several of my friends are in the camp that like to buy new, expensive, well-made clothes and wear them for years and years. My frugal friend, Kate from Venison for Dinner, is astounded that I don’t spend big money on shoes.

Some people like to spend money on clothing and shoes.

Some people, like us, prefer to save on clothing and shoes and instead buy expensive appliances. It takes all kinds to make the world go round. :-) (more…)



Planning a Restful Vacation

Planning a Restful Vacation

Post by Contributing Author, Becky Norvell from UnabridgedBecky.com.

Have you ever heard the saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation!”? If you’re like me, you are so excited that you plan tons of activities, beach time & shopping trips so you don’t miss a thing. But then what happens? You come back so exhausted that you need a week to recuperate! This year, I wanted to do it differently and schedule in “rest” time…and a lot of it!

  vacation itinerary

We took our vacation earlier than normal to avoid the busy season on the beach. Let me say, I highly recommend traveling during the off-season. Our vacation fell right after the spring breakers left and before the school year ended, so we were able to enjoy the beach without the crowds. But on to the planning… (more…)



Does Buying Children’s Clothing Online Make Cents? {Online Thrifting}

Does Buying Children’s Clothing Online Make Cents? {Online Thrifting}

For the other parts in this series:

I Don’t Buy Clothes Online…CONVERT

Thred Up Review: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Twice: Second Time is a Charm?

Stitch Fix: Budget Buster or Worthwhile Investment?

Shopping for kids clothing is HARD, y’all. It just is. Okay, so maybe just for me. Maybe your kids all fall in the right size range for their age, don’t have fat feet, and like to wear their pants where they should be instead of 6 inches below their belly button (Mooooooooooooom, the band is too close to my belly button!). Or maybe your kids don’t ruin almost everything they wear in 5 seconds flat because wearing food is all the rage right now. Maybe…but I seriously doubt it.

Because kids are hard on clothes. And because clothes are so expensive new. And because they only wear them a short time. And because I’m cheap frugal. And because I like bacon. I choose to purchase used clothing for my kids. Period.

That doesn’t mean my poor, poor deprived children never have new clothes (birthdays and Christmas!) and it doesn’t mean they parade around the neighborhood looking like raggamuffins…unless muffins smeared all of their face/clothing counts. In fact, my kids are complimented regularly for their cute attire (saying attire makes me feel fancy). It just means we don’t spend large amounts of money on clothes – for us or for them.  (more…)



Twice: Second Time is a Charm? {Online Thrifting}

Twice: Second Time is a Charm? {Online Thrifting}

For the other posts in this series, see here:

I Don’t Buy Clothes Online…CONVERT (Thrift Stores)

Thred Up: Thumps Up or Thumbs Down? (Online Thrifting)

Does Buying Children’s Clothing Online Make Cents? (Online Thrifting)

Stitch Fix: Budget Buster or Worthwhile Investment?

I first heard about Twice from my friend, Nikki. She had used it for her first online thrifting experience and had been tickled pink with the results. I used her referral link to earn $10 to shop for the first time. Give me $10 to shop at your store? Sure thing, buddy!

BUT, and this is a big BUT (like big ‘buts’ and I cannot lie), there was no coupon code available when I first signed up! ACK! HERESY! I’m sorry, but I think it might be against my religion to order something online that’s not on sale or has a coupon code…sure, it’s already used, but I still need a coupon code. I have morals and standards, you know. Always check Retail Me Not for coupon codes online.

So, I waited. And you know what? Just like I gave you the tip in Thred Up, they eventually emailed me a coupon code for 15% off. Sure it’s not going to impress Thrifty Suzie Homemaker, but I liked it. (You can also find a 15% off coupon on FB right now.) (more…)



Costco Grocery Price List Update + 10 Frugal Convenient Foods to Buy at Costco

Costco Grocery Price List Update + 10 Frugal Convenient Foods to Buy at Costco

Post by Contributing Author. Sonja from Practical Stewardship

Do y’all have a Costco nearby? I sure hope you do, because shopping at Costco can save you LOTS of money…well, that is if you buy the right things. Honestly you have to be discerning everywhere you shop. You can’t just think, ‘since I’m shopping at Costco, everything is a great deal’. Simply not true. Cereals usually aren’t. Meats? Some really aren’t that great of a deal. You’ve really gotta know your target (not the store Target:) grocery prices so you actually know what a truly great deal is.

Thrifty Thinking

In order to keep updated on my target grocery prices, twice a year I update my Costco Grocery Price List which contains about 150 natural and organic foods. That way I can compare it to other stores and know, ounce for ounce, what a great deal is. I just finished updating my Costco Grocery Price List, so you can go HERE to see the latest Costco Grocery Price List. FYI I don’t buy all or maybe not even half of the foods I have on the list, but I provide it to help people compare prices and be good stewards of the resources with which God has blessed us (since I use the list to compare prices too!). (more…)