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Spring Cleaning Cash-In

It is FINALLY Spring, thank goodness! What does this mean in the realm of savings and thriftiness? A lot. Most of us start the Spring with a bit of cleaning. Instead of throwing out the things you no longer need, why not cash them in, instead? Spring is a great time to get a head start on having a yard sale. While you are cleaning, set aside and clean the items you no longer need, until you have enough for a yard sale. You can rake in about $200 or more for all those pesky items just lying around the house. Remember, men’s ties and nice clothing sell well, appliances and electronics in good working order, and furniture are good sellers as well.

Spring is also a good time to stock up on winter wares that are now probably 75-90% off. If your local stores still have any winter items, they are drastically reduced in price. This goes for thrift stores as well. I made a trip to the local Salvation Army and bought great vintage winter coats for $1 each!

Grocery sales are in full bloom right now and especially after Easter. Cash-in on the after-Easter candy sales, ham sales, and seasonal items. It is always a good idea to check sales every week in the advertisements to see what store is having the biggest sale.

Utilize the dollar store! If you have some Easter baskets to make, head to the dollar store. You can put together a great basket for the kids, with all the trimmings for $5-10 total. Fill it up with candy, toys and a card that can all e purchased for $1 each at the dolar store.

Don’t Spend a Lot This Christmas

Christmas is here and we all feel the pinch. I’m sure a lot of us wish Christmas were a little further in the distance rather than a few weeks away. So, what is the true meaning of Christmas, anyway? Is it a new iPod, a Wii, a new wardrobe? Not really. The true meaning of Christmas is to get together with loved ones and feel the friendship and love of those around you. But, there are always the presents and the money to buy them with to contend with. There are many ways you can save money this Christmas without losing any of the Christmas cheer.

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The Plot Thickens: How to Find Affordable Books

The dying art of reading is unfortunate but I know my fellow bibliophiles are out there and I bet you would love to know where to find books for as little as 50 cents.  I know the new thing is to read e-books and there is nothing wrong with that.  I just love holding a new book, carrying it with me and admiring the artwork inside and on the cover.  I have hundreds of books and it is a pastime of mine to search out books that I find interesting to fit into my collection.  If a clean house tv crew were to come to my house I would tie myself to the books in order to save them.  But buying books new is an endeavor I simply cannot afford. 
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Dollar Store Pros and Cons

Ahh…the dollar store, let me count the ways – one…one…one, etc.  I don’t frequent the dollar stores on a weekly basis but the savings there are immeasurable.  The only cons I could come up with for shopping at dollar stores are you may have to do some extra driving after you have already gone to the grocery store, I wouldn’t recommend buying a lot of food at the dollar store although I have found that candy is always great from there, you may not find the exact name brand of an item if that is your desire.  Now, for the pros I will dedicate the rest of this page to the power that lies within the dollar store. 
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Last Chance Yard Sales from Start to Finish

Fall is here and you were meaning to have a yard sale all summer to raise some extra cash but you didn’t quite get around to it. Don’t worry – it’s not too late! I just had a yard sale a few weeks ago and made around $200-250. I will tell you how you can quickly and efficiently get one together for the next weekend.

First, decide which weekend you would like to hold your yard sale. Check the weather if you are planning on having an outdoor sale. If you have a garage or tent you may want to have them ready as a back-up in case it rains. I will add that if your schedule permits, you will want to hold your sale from a Thursday or Friday through Saturday. Having your sale on Sunday is usually a waste of time. More and more people are having sales as early as Thursday and even Wednesday! Everybody knows that the sale usually does its best the first day. After you decide on a date, contact your local paper and/or advertiser to list your sale. Keep the add simple but make sure to include key items, such as furniture, collectibles, etc. and use words such as “multi-family,” “huge,” and “moving sale.” These terms indicate that you have a wide variety of items and it would be worth the customers time to check it out.
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