Yard Sale Shopping Tips

Yard Sale Shopping Tips | The Happy Housewife

By Rodney Southern

Yard sales can be a great way to save money on things that you need or want. You can also waste a lot of money at yard sales if you don’t follow some very simple yard sale shopping tips to get the most for your money.

Haggle

Half the fun of going to yard sales is that you get to haggle for what you want. People are selling these items because they want them out of their house. Yes, they want to make money as well, but the one thing they don’t want to do is put those items back in the house.

Once you get used to haggling, it’s a fun experience. It doesn’t take long at all to learn how low of an amount to offer. The worst they will do is stick with their original price.

Avoid Supplying Your Own Yard Sale

A great deal is only a great deal if you are going to use the item you are buying. Yard sales are fantastic places to obtain collectibles, but they are also gathering places for junk. If it won’t benefit you in the near future, don’t buy it. Otherwise you are just stocking up for your own yard sale.

Know What You Are Looking For

If you need something, then look for it at yard sales. Know what you are looking for and stop at that. Any other approach means you will get sucked into buying things that you don’t really want or need.

Be Friendly

For the most part, people are just looking to get rid of items they aren’t using. While they hope to make a bit of cash, they are also apt to give you a great deal if you are friendly and personable. Remember, they really don’t want to pack this stuff up for next year’s yard sale.

Barter

As you talk with the people running the yard sale, don’t be afraid to barter your services or something you have in return for something they are selling. This is especially true if you have some skill in an area that you can see needs addressed, like roofing.

Make Sure Electronics and Other Electric Items Work

There is nothing like getting a great deal on an item only to bring it home and find out it doesn’t work. If you can’t test the item at the yard sale, it may not be a good idea to buy it. For this reason, you may want to keep several batteries in your car to use on items you are looking to buy. Electrical items can be plugged in. If the people hosting the yard sale don’t want to plug it in then it probably doesn’t work.

Remember that you are buying used items. Put your own skills to work to create some great yard sale tips of your own. For example, if you are a master at getting stains out of clothes, start buying clothes at yard sales and cleaning them up for use by your family or for arts and crafts projects.

Rodney Southern is a long time content writer specializing in a wide array of niches both online and in print. His work has been featured on sites such as Yahoo.com, The Sporting News and numerous others over an eleven plus year career. He also runs his own website on diabetes called Dashing Diabetes. He was the National Call for Content Winner for 2008. Southern resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, Julie, and identical twin daughters, Valerie and Brooke.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 5/30 – 6/1

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: May In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month includes: Mother’s Day Card Craft, Isabelle’s Funky Fashion Headpiece Craft, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Isabella’s Celebration, Julie’s Bracelet Craft and more!

Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp: The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free fun games for kids, activities, and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together. It begins Saturday, June 7 and continues through Sunday, July 13 at 64 Bass Pro Shops located across the United States and Canada. See more info here.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, May 31st: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for iPad
  • Saturday, May 31st: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, May 31st from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Mermaid Mobile!

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids will create a craft that they get to take home. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 am and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, May 31st at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn to make Sparkling Drinks for Kids. Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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Free and Fun Family Activities for 5/23 – 5/26 + Memorial Day Discounts & Celebrations

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

In honor of Memorial Day, there are a variety of ways you can celebrate:

National Activities:

American Girl: May In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month includes: Mother’s Day Card Craft, Isabelle’s Funky Fashion Headpiece Craft, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Isabella’s Celebration, Julie’s Bracelet Craft and more!

Bass Pro Shops: This Saturday and Sunday (May 24-25), enjoy Free Kids’ Adventure Activities including free crafts, free giveaways, BB Gun Shooting Range, Metal Detector Treasure Hunt, Adventure Scavenger Hunt and more!  Contact your local store for times and more information.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, May 24th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
  • Saturday, May 24th: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, May 24th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Super Hero Puppet!

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids will create a craft that they get to take home. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 am and runs every 30 minutes on Saturday (5/17). You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, May 24th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn to chop and dice vegetables and fruit. Make a reservation.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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Ways to Save on Diaper Products

By contributing writer Laura

My youngest daughter just finally mastered potty-training! At age 3 & 1/2, she was a little late in comparison to my oldest, but as I’ve learned through the adventures of parenting, each child is different. And sometimes things don’t go according to your own timeline.

Ways to Save on Diaper Products | The Happy Housewife

As a mom who’s recently finished her time in the trenches of diaper changing, I’m glad to have the expense of diapering products behind me. Diaper costs are pretty significant, with most parents annually shelling out hundreds or even thousands of dollars on diapers, per child. If you currently have a child (or children) in diapers, the good news is there are simple ways to save money on diapers and related products.

Ways to Save on Diaper Products

Cloth Diapers

When comparing costs of disposable diapers to cloth diapers, cloth is a clear winner, though it does involve a larger initial investment. You can save a thousand dollars or more by using cloth diapers during a 2-3 year time span.

If you are reluctant due to stereotypes of messy or archaic diapering, you’ll be happy to discover that cloth diapering has advanced over the decades, and there are a wide variety of cloth diaper products on the market. You can save even more, by buying used cloth diapers off of sites like DiaperSwappers.com and ClothDiaperTrader.com.

Free Samples

There are many ways to get free diaper samples, typically in 1- or 2-count. Register for free loyalty programs online through the main diaper companies such as Huggies, Luvs, and Pampers. You can occasionally sign up for free samples through Walmart and Costco websites.

Another great strategy is to call the customer service phone line for different diaper manufacturers and ask for samples. It helps if you tell them your experience with their brand, particularly if you love their products, or adversely, if you were extremely disappointed by their company in the past. Also, check with your doctor or pediatrician’s office for samples.

Amazon Mom

You can find great online deals for diapers plus get exclusive discounts and deals through Amazon Mom. Any parent, grandparent, or caregiver can sign up for Amazon Mom. Most discounts and promotions are geared toward products for children 3 and under. It’s free to join Amazon Mom, and you receive an additional 20% off all diaper and wipe purchases.

Drugstore Deals

Shop strategically during diaper sales and promotions at drug stores like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. Don’t just take advantage of the sale price, be sure to dip into additional savings by using manufacturer and store coupons, which will help minimize your out-of-pocket costs. By using your Extra Care Bucks, Up Rewards, and Register Rewards at each applicable drug store, you can save a load!

Local Sites

Check sites like FreeCycle, FreePeats, and CraigsList to find other parents giving away diapers. Often times, as children outgrow one size diaper, parents are left with partial or whole packages of diapers that they no longer need. I’ve noticed many parents give these away to friends or offer them for free on websites that allow you to giveaway items in your community.

Wash & Reuse Swim Diapers

If you spend a lot of time at the pool, then you know that it’s easy to go through a pack of swim diapers quickly. Most pools and waterparks require children under 2 to wear swim diapers. Of course, swim diapers tend to cost more than regular diapers.

Instead of breezing through packages of swim diapers in the summer, simply wash in your washing machine and then put in the dryer. I first heard about washing and reusing swim diapers from my friend Rachel, and it really works!

DIY Wipes

If you’re using diapers for your child, you’re also spending money on wipes. Try your hand at making your own baby wipes, so you can save money and control exactly what chemicals go into your wipes that are constantly wiping your baby. Create your own mixture of water (1 cup), baby wash or baby shampoo (1 TBSP) and baby oil (1 TBSP) and pour over paper towels, cut in half. Let soak for 10 minutes on each side, and remove cardboard roll; store in tupperware bin or resealable plastic bag.

Use these tips to save big money on the inevitable diaper costs for your little ones!

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