Never really let anyone know how much you paid for your gear. If Asked; say something like ” Your Political Views Suck”. Random answers stop stupid questions.
Shopping on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t shop. I’ve seen professional shoppers go shopping and spend only $5 dollars on $40 dollar groceries. It’s all about hitting the sales at the right times. Every store has coupon rewards, online coupons, and sale fliers. Do your research and find out what is on sale from each retailer. I know for a fact that Wal Greens gives out $1 to $5 dollar rewards on certain items that you purchase. Find out what items have these rewards and see if you need them, or if a friend needs them. Also once you have these coupons use them asap. Don’t let them expire on you, because most people pocket them and forget about them forever. If you learn how to effectively sale search you will have everything you need, and money in your pocket. ( Google search Online Dealsand see everything that comes up. )
If you are really strapped for cash, but you need clothes don’t overlook the Goodwill. Helping people in need is what it was designed for. Ive known people that only make $1000 dollars a month, but they still spend $400 on the newest clothes. A wise economist once said “people without money will always be poor if they keep spending on their wants instead of their needs.” Live within your means and forget your pride. So what your shirts and shoes came from Goodwill, at least your clothed and have money to feed yourself, or pay the rent. Priorities are the difference between struggling, getting by, and getting over. where are your priorities at right now?
These 3 are hit and miss. But the way the economy is you might be able to walk away with some steals. Think about all of the Cash4Gold commercials. Normally no one in their right mind would send their gold to a place that they will never see, and hope that they get a fair estimate, and wait on their money to arrive AFTER they sent their gold out. But times are hard and people need money so that’s why they do it. Yard Sales, Flea Markets, and Pawn Shops are the same way. People are strapped for cash and trying to get some income. Example: If you have the money for a new T.V. hit up one of these 3 places first before you hit a regular store. You might find a slightly used version of what you want for hundreds less than what you would normally pay for it.
eBay and CraigsListhave the same concept as the idea above. If your shopping on a budget hit these sites up. Even if you don’t buy anything from these places, you’ll at least be able to benchmark the prices on items you might want.
Modeling shows sometimes have their clothes donated to them. The models get to keep some of the clothes they where. This doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen. Even if your not the best looking person, try to get in a modeling show. You’ll have fun and get some free clothes.
Clearance Rack items are very hit and miss, but if you’re shopping on a budget hit up the stores clearance rack first. The items are brand new, but just being discontinued for some reason. It’s a win win if you find something on the Clearance Rack. You’ll save money, and no one else will have gear like yours.
Some sites and shops allow you to trade goods. These are great for if you’re shopping on a budget and trying to get rid of things you don’t need anymore. Try Rehashclothes.com, Swapstyles.com, and Dignswap.com
Do you know why people don’t win Giveaways? It’s because people don’t ever sign up for them. Just give them a try. Sign up for as many legit Giveaways you can find. So what if you don’t win. honestly you probably didn’t expect to win in the first place, and when you do it a great surprise. Just try them. If you don’t try you’ve lost already.
Companies pay and give out rewards for you to take their surveys. Be careful not all surveys are legit. DO NOTtake a survey that asks for financially sensitive information, that makes you pay them for taking their survey, or doesn’t compensate you someway for your time (your opinion matters. Think about it. They wouldn’t be paying the survey takers if your opinion wasn’t important)
If your shopping on a budget always shop online first. Online coupons and sales are always around. Try to never pay full price for an online item. The only incentive to buy online is sale prices or exclusive items. If you think that I’m wrong ask yourself this question; Why would you buy something online that you had to wait for and pay shipping fees for, if you could just get in instantly at the store? Their are always online sales, you just need to look around.
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