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Bargains at the op shop

Despite their recent gentrification, op shops can still be an excellent resource for the money-challenged. After last week’s discussion with I Love to Op Shop and Lisa@SimplyMe, I thought I’d expand on the topic of bargains at the op shop.

  • It’s only a bargain if it gets some lovin’

While I might view $1 for pink Pyrex as a little bit iffy, Laura of A Little Boutique Near Home considers a $60 vintage Burberry bag a good buy. So how do you spot a bargain when you see one?

Shopping around and doing the research helps, but the best bargain of all is the one that’s actually needed. My attic is stuffed with cheap but unnecessary purchases Continue reading

Thrifty Like Your Nanna

‘If you look after your pennies, your pounds will take care of themselves.’

As told by Kristy to mustbethrifty

Grandpa was tight when it came to money. When he was alive, the family never went to restaurants. There were few treats: if Mum and her siblings wanted ice cream, they would have to share between the four of them.

He died when I was six months old. Nanna has been on her own ever since. Us grandkids and her Salvation Army work have kept her busy. She’s received a Community Achievement Award for her twenty-five years of service.

While Nanna isn’t as tight as Grandpa (she prefers to call herself ‘economical’), she is still careful with money. Continue reading

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To market, to market

A bargain hunter with a competitive streak, my friend Sarah refuses to let her mortgage get the better of her. BM (Before Mortgage), she used to dine out at Comme and shop on Collins Street, but AM (After Mortgage), she’s traded dining out for dining in and makes do without furniture.

Despite her conversion to Thriftianity, there is one habit that she won’t renounce: supermarket shopping. Continue reading