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The Non-Consumer Advocate · 4d ago

Five Frugal Things

My husband and I drove four hours to bring our son back to school on Sunday. Instead of using it as an excuse to enjoy a nice restaurant meal together, we took one for the team and chowed do...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 1w ago

Five Frugal Things

I finished up a group of eBay listings from items that I’d photographed last week. I also relisted a bunch of items that had somehow not automatically renewed. Hopefully I should realize som...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 1W ago

Five Frugal Things

My husband needs to take daily walks as part of his physical therapy, so I grabbed a free ...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 1W ago

Five Frugal Things

I picked up a $10 Waldorf wooden play stand at Goodwill with an eye for resale, as they’re...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 2W ago

Goodwill, Badwill, Questionable-will — Clowns, Clowns & More Clowns!

When a person thrifts as much as I do, they start to see patterns. For example, unwanted souvenirs from travels near and far, such as wooden clogs from the Netherlands, double decker busses from London and mugs from each and every gift shop spread ac...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 2W ago

Five Frugal Things

I sold a large macrame wall hanging through Facebook Marketplace that I’d picked up at Goodwill. I immediately put the money into the credit union, as there’s reason to have cash sitting around the house tempting me with its anonymous allure. (I like...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 2W ago

Five Frugal Things

Yesterday was the sad last day of my kids’ spring break, so we drove our youngest back to his apartment and bought a Greyhound ticket for our oldest. Thinking we were being clever, we bought...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 3W ago

Five Frugal Things

My sister and her kids are in town for their spring break, which overlaps a couple of days with my kids’ spring break. This means we’re a large group of people which can get expensive pretty...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 3W ago

Five Frugal Things

My husband, son and I caught an afternoon showing of Early Man, which is the most recent stop motion animation film from Nick Park of Wallace and Gromit fame. The admission price was $4 apie...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 3W ago

Five Frugal Things

My son and I spent the afternoon hitting up a couple of nearby Goodwills. He bought a green sweater and pink dress shirt as he’s been wanting to put together a “Ned Flanders outfit,” and I b...