As I’ve mentioned, I am re-reading the Tightwad Gazette from the back to the front. It was so cool to go through all the Success Stories! One thing I realized is an untapped source of frugality that I have totally been slacking on is garage and estate sales. These were so fun when we first got married! Since moving to Houston and into our house there have been many last minute purchases that could have been a lot less had we gotten them at garage and estate sales. Instead we got them at IKEA mostly! Also on Craigslist, which is good, but not cheap enough.
IKEA Malm bed and mattress, hardly used, Craigslist: $300 Had to do minor repairs on the slats already
IKEA Lillberg sofa, Craigslist: $100 I’d really like to replace this with something more comfortable/ beautiful
IKEA Malm dresser: $150
IKEA bookshelves, 2: $50 (total)
IKEA chairs for our kitchen table, 2: $50 (total) one has already broken
Not to mention a number of smaller things, shelves, tools and light fixtures and such, that we might have been able to score for cheaper had we been visiting yard sales regularly.
So I’m pretty excited about starting up the yard sale adventure again. Even if it means waking up early on Saturdays.