I'm lucky I get to stay home with my kids, and most days I feel that way too, other days make me want to crawl in a corner and cry. I don't of course because well I don't think it's healthy for kids to see that they can reduce me to tears with repetitive high volume whistling, or the ever urgent yell for "mom!!!" and when I race in to hear "oh just wondering where you were?" or the national enquirer tattler page reporter "so and so just picked up a lego AND didn't even USE it!!". Where was I going with this? Oh yeah! I'm lucky and I know it, but we have to work at being lucky by being thrifty.
One of my favorite ways I stretch our money is to
shop at thrift stores for just about everything but food and shoes. I keep a pretty comprehensive list of things we need in a small notebook. I jot down lots of ideas with the thought that IF I see what will work for a specific area I'll just snatch it up because I know what I'm looking for. If needed I take measurements of a particular size constraint so I don't buy something that won't fit. I rarely buy big things but when I do the worst part is if they don't fit.
Clothes wise I shop pretty much all the time for the littler boys, they blow through jeans. Wearing them out and out growing them with equal voracity. No matter how much I patch, buy and pass down they never have enough pairs, so if I see anything close to their sizes it's going home with us. It's nice to shop from the 'to grow in to' pile in their closets, I'm rarely down to nothing in there. For the older members of the family we make our clothes last longer. I shop for us at the thrift stores too. I rarely buy anything new for any of us.
My home decorating style is what you might thrifty eclectic. I love what I love and that's what fills my home. I unfortunately love too many things, I tend to ahem over shop. I am a bit of a reseller on ebay or craigslist but as a full time gig? Not yet, but someday I think yes. I also do a bit of personal shopping, taking special requests from people and picking up items as I find them. I don't get paid for it I just do it because I like too.
Oneida melamine yummy and a set of 1939 Childcraft books
new to me tin basket and mmmmm old pyrex
Do you thrift? What do you delight in finding?
Peace and Love,