For years now I've groaned every time we walk or drive by a garage sale and Chris "just wants to check it out for a minute" until this weekend when I have to admit I got a little smitten with the idea of how much money we can save on some items that we regularly purchase for the minions.
Bat Girl - Playing with some magnets
Below are my 6 money saving tips for garage sales for your children
- Recycled Halloween costumes can be bought for dress up clothes, next Halloween or a few years down the road for a fraction of the cost you would pay in October.
- Know the difference between actual value and perceived value...It doesn't matter if the book is brand new if it isn't very good, same goes for buying things like used bikes and wagons that the seller puts a premium on because they've decided this is how they're going to get their money's worth.
- The more room that the item takes up in the sellers garage/basement/yard the more motivated they are to get rid of it. This increases your buying power - which is how we managed to get a Dora the Explorer set of folding chairs, table and sun umbrella for $5.
- You can bundle services with your Internet and cable provider, do the same at a sale. People will often give you a discount based on the volume you purchase. Hello 4 DVDs for a dollar!
- The early bird may catch the worm, but the later bird catches better deals because the seller just wants to go inside and move on with their day.
- Don't be afraid to walk away...granted this is harder to do when your toddler has fallen in love with the item and physically won't let go.
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