Who said you have to bring money with you when you go to a garage sale. Garage sailing without money in your pocket is just as much fun if not more fun then spending money. Why? Well, you aren’t spending any money, that’s why. I had no intentions of bringing any money with us when we got up this morning to scour our area for ‘stuff’ that people wanted to get rid of for cheap.
We didn’t go too far away from where we live but planned our route the day before. Since my wife had her friend come along I was simply the driver, as usual. The garage sale, yard sale, lawn sale whatever you fancy calling it has been a Saturday pastime for us but we don’t go that often these days. The reason is that we don’t need anything. I think if we had kids the need would be much greater because garage sales are littered with items for kids.
You simply can’t beat the prices for clothes and toys for kids and the best part is your negotiating power, that is if you use it. This weekend we challenged ourselves to see if we could spend nothing, but come home with free stuff. It’s easier than you think if you keep your eyes open. Most of the garage sales that we hit this morning were moving sales. One sale was held by the father of the owner and he said his daughter was downsizing to a new condo because the cost of owning a home where we live is just too pricey.
With the rise in electricity costs and all other utilities becoming a homeowner is a struggle for many couples including single homeowners. He said that she didn’t anticipate all of the money that was required for maintenance and wanted something that was maintenance free. That’s just another reason potential home buyers need to do their research before buying a home.
I can agree with him though as we sock away over $300 a month to maintain our home and it’s not near as big a home as some of the monsters surrounding us, sorry, estates. The items at his garage sale were too pricey but the chat was nice.
The very next garage sale we went to wasn’t on our garage sale list because it was a random sale not posted anywhere that we noticed on-line. The couple was lovely and had lots of golf gear for sale because they said they were golf fanatics but had too much stuff. Every trinket under the sun was on the tables, so clearly their friends and family thought bobble heads with jerseys and random other sporty type ‘thingamabobs’ were cool gifts to give them. They were all for sale, and cheap. Sometimes I wonder if it’s even worth buying people crap like that if they don’t really care for it.
My wife found this sign with a $0.10 sticker and it read, ‘Get Me A Beer the In-laws are here’ and she clearly thought I would like it for my garage. He then tells her to just take it, please take it away. So, he didn’t have to tell my wife twice. Then she looks down and sees a huge box filled with ‘things and stuff’ for free. When I see free I already think it’s going to be a great garage sale. Sometimes people aren’t so worried about having a successful garage sale, rather they just want to get rid of items they don’t need. Free or for money.
She makes her way through the box and finds DVD’s, VHS Disney movies, ear phones and a few CD’s such as Evanescence, Blue Rodeo and Savage Garden. If you look close at the photo you will see ‘The Lion King’ with a previous garage sale price tag of $10. The box was loaded with stuff even playing cards and a harmonica in excellent shape.
Moving on to the final garage sale there was a young girl with a lemonade and chocolate chip muffin stand again so we paid the little girl for a muffin and went on our way. Just before the end of the drive we noticed another box labelled ‘free stuff’ so we had a look inside. We found some heavy-duty carved wood decorative balls which would go great in that vase that we picked up the last time we went garage sailing. The wife also found a wall hanger with 3 elephant heads but one had come off so I will fix that for her. Mixed in the box was a couple of food strainers and a wallet which she liked, so she added that to her bag of freebies.
Overall, I’d say we had a fun garage sailing experience today costing us not 1 penny out of our pocket except for time and no gas because we didn’t drive although we didn’t go far at all. Spending the morning checking out garage sales might be worthwhile even if you don’t have any money to spend. You never know what free stuff you will find.
Have you ever gotten free stuff at a garage sale?
Gardening and Landscaping
As you know we went away for a couple of days and while we were away we picked up some new plants and enjoyed the gardens at our relatives and friends house. Our newest plant is the well-known super-food, the pomegranate tree with a botanical name called Punica granatum. You can see from the photo that it has a developing fruit on the way and I can tell you it’s a beautiful sight especially when you see the pomegranate blossom.
According to Wikipedia the fruit is cultivated in the Mediterranean, Caucasus, Southern Europe, tropical Africa, northern Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and drier parts of Asia. Now it’s also growing in our back garden although it’s widely grown in California and Arizona.
Pomegranate health benefits
If you like those red pomegranate seeds or juice you might just fancy this beautiful tree. It’s an eye stopper that’s for sure, especially with the deep red colour of the pomegranate fruit. There are many pomegranate health benefits which I wasn’t even aware of until I read 11 health benefits of Pomegranate juice which really made us feel good about enjoying pomegranates like we do.
Some of the health benefits listed are…..
- Fights breast cancer
- Lung cancer prevention
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers cholesterol
The one point I found interesting in the article was that it prevents dental plaque which I’m sure many of you reading this right now had no idea about. Neither did I. To learn all you want to know about pomegranates read the wiki link above and get ready to be amazed.
We are so happy to own a fruiting pomegranate although we don’t know what the pomegranate tree size will be in the future, for now it’s small. We will need to read more about pruning pomegranate trees because they tend to get bushy from what I’ve researched. I have photos of so many cool plants that we saw, but I will save them for upcoming posts. The basil in our garden has doubled in size again so it’s time to start making basil cubes because having too much basil is never a problem for us.
Weekly blog post review
You can now follow Canadian Budget Binder via Bloglovin and continue to get my daily posts in this reader.
If you are a regular reader you would have already received these awesome posts in your email or reader but just in case you missed reading one I’ve put them all together here just for you.
- PF Weekly Grab A Brew #27: Wedding Money Gift Was Not Enough
- Financial Independence May Only Exist Once We Get There
- Bust Our Budget Update June 2013 #6 Bills and Payments
- The Grocery Game Challenge #1 July 1-7, 2013 Cleaning Out The Refrigerator
- Top 5 Things I Love About Canada
- Mozzarella Falafel Balls With A Cucumber Yogurt Feta Sauce
Garage sailing with Jen
Jen and her husband have made many improvements to their shopping habits and their budget. You can read all about it in her guest post, Budgeting With Mr. CBB Got Us Back On Track. Jen shares her weekly garage sale finds with us for the summer to show just how much she can save for her family.
- 10 romance novels $2.00 (they were $.25 each or 5 for $1.00)
- Hat for Adam $.25
- Bowl for Adam $.50
- Fridge organizer (to put apples in) $.50 (they were asking $1.00)
Making a difference
This section is about sharing other personal finance blogs around the web that are making a difference to others. Each week I will feature a blog that I feel is making a difference and that I think all of my fans should visit. Today, I introduce to you my good friend Laurie from The Frugal Farmer.
Hi, my name is Laurie, and I blog over at The Frugal Farmer. My husband and I have been married for nearly 17 years and have been bad money managers since the beginning. I spent money in order to “be happy”, and Rick, fearful at the time of confrontation, ignored my spending to keep peace in our house. Of course, with mounting debts and out of control spending, that peace was never there.
After 4 kids and nearly 2 decades later, we realized we were in a “now or never” situation regarding our debt. It was time to figure out why we were making such irresponsible spending decisions and fix the roots of the problems – for the sake of our family.
At the same time that we were assessing our debt problem and the reason for it, we felt a calling to leave city life and start learning to be self-sufficient. So we sold our home in suburbia and moved to a small hobby farm in the Midwest. We decided to blog about our journey to debt freedom in order to encourage others in similar situations, and so that we would have accountability for our spending habits.
We’re just hitting the six-month mark, for our blog and for our journey out of debt. We still have a long way to go, but we’ve learned a lot. We also use the blog to share our experiences about learning to be less dependent on others and more self-sufficient. Stop on by and share in our ups, downs and in-between as we work our way out of debt and into a pioneering lifestyle.
I really appreciate when other blog owners recognize my hard work at Canadian Budget Binder and share my posts with their fans. Here are the blogs that did just that this past week, so please head over and check them out.
- Writings of a Mrs. Mommy
- Money Bulldog
- Frugal Rules
- My Own Advisor
- The Outlier Model
- Money Rebound
- Motivating Minutes with Dr. Dee White
- The Heavy Purse
What is a blog carnival?
Some fans have asked me just what a blog carnival is so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans. A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog postsfrom around the web.
Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed. If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.
A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals
- Carnival of Financial Independence- and Financial Independence Day –Reach Financial Independence
- Lifestyle Carnival #61 and The Carnival of Retirement– Frugal Rules
- Financial Carnival for Young Adults– Master The Art of Saving
- Lifestyle Carnival– Planting our Pennies
- Carnival of Financial Independence– The Outlier Model
Google search terms
What are Google keyword search terms?
Keywords for search engines help me to understand what people are looking for at Canadian Budget Binder. Although I get thousands of keyword searches from Google users that come in each week I pick out a few that catch my eye and make me smile.
Top pick- Bank for sale in the USA: Yes please, I’ll take 2.
That’s all for this weeks edition of the The Saturday Weekend Review. Thanks for stopping by to read and please join me again next week when I do it all over again.
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- The secret to creamy cheesy cauliflower bake– I’ll tell you, use my recipe.. shh!!
- How much do Mr. Cool birthday parties cost– hey I can handle it
- Thai lottery 1-7-2013: must have been a huge deal in June because I keep getting loads of hits for it
- Stop a mate from smoking: they can only stop themselves I’m afraid
- Pepperettes expiry date: when they look mouldy, I’d say they are expired
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