Posted on February 13, 2006 10:09 AM
Well I think this is more like Personal Finance and thought it was interesting.
Out of the retail rat race (SF Gate)
J and I finished a budget/finance class last month and have actually been able to reduce alot of our expenses by 20% first and foremost just by shopping at certain stores. The other thing is that we've always looked first at Craigslist to shop for 2nd hand goods. In most cases alot of the goods were hardly even used so we end up with a really good deal on something almost new. Even when we redecorated the house we found things on Craigslist to supplement things we bought retail...but if I were to do it all over again I think I'd probably be more diligent with Craigslist and buy pieces over time rather than hit up the retail shop for new.
So when I stumbled upon this article I was really excited to hear that there are alot more folks out there are more aware of their spending and want to make a difference. Our friends who took the finance class with us tells us about the fun treasure hunts of thrift store shopping. Like finding an Armani suit for a few dollars. I used to go into those shops once in a while in college to hunt for just a set of shirts but in my bigger days couldn't really enjoy the stores...however I have a new buddy who knows all the great finds and I'm more than half my size from those days.
But I've noticed these days I'm not really much of a shopper. The money I'm saving is actually making a difference in maintaining a one wage-earner house...and the biggest thing is I am not hung up on what people think and I'm not going into debt to buy new things.