Friday, February 11, 2011

The Little Stuff Adds Up

We've discovered that we're wasteful. (well, I have anyways). Yesterday on my trip to a thrift store, I was rummaging through their little boys clothes...I found a few decent items for them, and then I turned around...the men's rack...I mozied on over to see if anything caught my eye. Carhart jeans, Aeropostale khakis, Levis...all in great condition...all in Todd's size...I snatched them up...all of them! 6 pairs of pants (jeans and khakis) for Todd and 3 things for the big boys all for less than $27!! JACKPOT! Then Ethan's coat ripped...and Todd's bookbag ripped...then the zipper on my knee high boots broke....easily $100 to fix these things! But instead, Todd found a shop to fix the bookbag, coat AND boots for $40! They'll also take all the jeans that have been ripped at the knees and turn them into shorts (for a fee of course)...and next year they'll take their new school jeans and put patches on the knees and reinforce them so they don't go through them! I'm hoping these "small" changes will make a difference. I'm generally pretty neutral regarding the Duggars but their saying "buy used and save the difference" definitely resonates with me. My problem is that I don't have time to find the great garage sales and hunt through thrift stores...but when I do find a deal or a bargain and need the item (or will need the item) I definitely snatch it up! I also try to pay it forward...I send all my hand me downs to girls at the church...although, they "could" afford to buy their own "new" baby clothes, I figure why hassle with it, when they can benefit from it? What are the "little" things you do?


Elaine said...

Wow! That's a great deal! I love consignment/thrift stores. I have bought my boys several name brand clothing at 1/3 of the price. It's amazing to find those hidden treasures. The biggest change we have made to cut back in 2011 is couponing. It's a newer hobby, but I have literally cut our spending in half :)