Used Goods Are Popular With Consumers for Two Reasons

BUY SOMETHING NEW ON SALE OR BUY SOMETHING USED ON SALE   Not all items at the second-hand shop are used goods but for the most part when you walk into a store that carries products that were donated you can expect to find treasures as far as the eye can see. Both Mrs. CBB and I spend about an hour each week shopping for used goods but various reasons which some people may not understand, care about or think is ridiculous since we are debt free. What are used goods? Essentially, used goods are items that were purchased or hand-down to someone who no longer wants them so they donate them or give them away. You can find used goods at garage sales, second-hand shops, bazaars, auctions and even consignment stores. The idea around used goods is that they are sold for a fraction of the retail cost which intrigues buyers who simply don’t want to pay top dollar when they can get it cheaper. Some people just love the hunt or the walk down memory lane because the amount of vintage you see amazes me. Last week my wife found animated glasses that she collected as a child […]

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Back To School Lunch Ideas (Nut Free) : The GGC 2018 #1 July 30- Aug 5

BUILD A MEAL PLAN THAT INCLUDES SCHOOL LUNCHES TO HELP SIMPLIFY THE SHOPPING PROCESS   Since our son will be starting junior kindergarten this September I thought it would be fitting to start a small series on back-to-school lunch ideas and tips for parents. We are first-time parents sending our child to school so we don’t know what to expect apart from what we’ve learned at the one school meeting we’ve been to, online searches and random chit-chat with other parents. Shipping your child off to school especially for the first time can be terrifying for parents and the children because everything about it is new from the space, teachers and children. If you’re child regularly visited a daycare for the first years of their lives then perhaps this type of scenario for your child may be similar and not so scary but for those who did not, it’s a whole new ballgame. Since Mrs. CBB stays home with our little guy we decided late last year to put him in a daycare setting one day a week to get him used to the process of going to school. The most important part of daycare has been the consistency she […]

Debt Free Mom Admits Becoming A Thrift Shopping Shopaholic : The Saturday Weekend Review #235

SPENDING MONEY NO MATTER WHERE YOU SHOP IS STILL SHOPPING   I can count off the top of my head about 6 thrift stores near me and we go to all of them at least once a month. Sounds shocking but it’s not especially when we are looking for something we need. Most often it’s clothes, craft supplies, CD’s and kitchen items. On occasion we find furniture or home decor but we really don’t need any of that stuff any longer. Shopping online sites like Kijiji or Craigslist is just as naughty as shopping secondhand because most often items purchased are well-loved¬† or deeply discounted by the owner. Thrift shopping online can be far more dangerous than going into the shop because you can do it from the comfort of your home. Sarah a mom of 2 young boys emailed me looking for some advice to help her curb her obsession with thrift shopping. She’s not alone in her plight to cut costs yet over-spend buying used and in some cases brand new items with or without tags. Here’s her story… Dearest Mr.CBB, My name is Sarah and I live in Hamilton, Ontario with my husband and two boys aged […]

Inexpensive Beach Essentials You Should Pack This Summer : The Saturday Weekend Review #227

GOING TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER? DON’T LEAVE ANY OF THESE BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS BEHIND!   Planning a road trip to the beach is like camping for a day in the sand which means packing all of your beach essentials, including the kitchen sink. Add kids to the mix and you’re sure to have your hands busy, but it’s all about family fun. Laugh away but I’m sure many of you are guilty of bringing too much stuff to the beach as if you were next in line to be stranded on a desert island. Not a dessert island a desert island even though hanging out on an island filled with sweets wouldn’t bother me one bit. The point… Don’t Pack too much unless you are going to a remote location with no amenities for miles. My wife is the worst at over-packing to go ANYWHERE! If it’s not her purse bulging at the seam her luggage (laundry basket) is filled to the top with clothing just for a simple few days away from home. “You never know what you will need”, she always says but also notes how often she hardly puts a dent in that white laundry basket. […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Simple Kitchen Downsizing : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 June 5-11

TOUR OUR KITCHEN FROM BULK TO THE MINIMALIST SLIM VERSION   Smart kitchen ideas start with an organized clean kitchen for you to prepare healthy meals without wasting time, energy and money. Look around your kitchen and think about the stuff that you have and consider the last time you’ve used it. I’ll wait here until you come back. Kitchen downsizing has become a new trend for 2017 among our circle of friends because they are feeling the dollar crunch. They aren’t buying as much and they are selling what they have too much of, us included. When looking to buy a new house your realtor may tell you to forget about the stuff the current owner has and imagine the room without it. Some homeowners hire a home staging company to help them downsize their belongings to make the home seem larger. When you buy a house the idea of enjoying that large space can easily be chopped when you start filling it up with stuff. Not only do you lose space but you create an environment for more cleaning and dust. We know from experience. We took a proactive approach the last month to tackle kitchen downsizing by […]

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