Friday, September 10, 2010

Frugal Friday: Yard Sales/Thrift Stores

I would love to resurrect my weekly Frugal Friday posts, but I haven't been very inspired along those lines lately.  I have been saving tons of money and getting several free items by CVS-ing and Walgreens-ing (the term "Walgreens-ing" just doesn't have the same ring to it), and will probably post something one of these Fridays about that, but other than that, nada.

However!  Today I am frugally inspired again.  The kids and I had a VERY productive day at two garage sales and one thrift store.  I was THRILLED to find MANY books to use in homeschooling (plus a ton of candles and clothing).

We purchased the following books: a dictionary, The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, Selected Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson, a thesaurus, The White House: An Historic Guide, The Presidents of the United States of America, All About the States Search-A-Word Puzzles, Flip Quiz Geography ages 11-12, The Fighting Ground, Heroes Don't Run: A Novel of the Pacific War, Spanish Dictionary Student Notebook, Adventures in English Literature, Flight (a book about aviation), the Scholastic Encyclopedia of Space, and The Visual Dictionary of the Universe.  I also bought an almost hundred year old dictionary that looked like an extremely worn Bible at first glance. 

Did I mention that I was thrilled with these purchases???  :)  I think my total spent on the books was about $9.00.  (I also got several recipe magazines,  TONS of candles [all of them brand new except one], and the kids and I all got "new" clothes at the thrift store.)

The moral of this story?  Don't forget yard sales, church rummage sales, library book sales, etc. as possible sources of curriculum for your home school! 

Stay tuned for other blog posts inspired by this day of frugal shopping: My thoughts on the church rummage sale that we went to today, and a cell phone picture that will rival my pastor's "hoochie mama" pictures (if you dare, you can see his here and here).


Bridget said...

"Hoochie Mama"! Totally threw me off!!!
Love your bargains for the day!

Vikki said...

hee hee! That's actually a direct quote from one of Vic's posts! :)

Vikki said...

I forgot to mention my other exciting rummage sale purchase... an electric pencil sharpener for fifty cents!! :)

Sherry said...

Wow Vikki you did great! Those are all great books for a great price!
It is such a great feeling when you get a bargain! I call it,"Bargain Bliss"!