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  •  We learn fast don't we? (4+ / 0-)
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    I don't know what I would do without Goodwill, thrift stores, yard sales. Thankfully, we live near high $$
    neighborhoods and they donate a LOT of stuff to the Goodwill.  I often buy my grandchildren clothes and shoes that are name brand and sometimes still have the tags on them for just a few $$.  I also buy clothes for myself and many of them are name brand.
    Good linens and household necessities are also available for little $$. Oh, yeah, if you are 55 or older every Tuesday is 25% off for us seniors.  That helps tremendously.  But, even Goodwill is rasising their prices these days.  I do not know how they justify that when the economy is so bad!
    I also have learned which grocery stores mark down their produce, bread and meats and which offer senior discounts.
    I have never been well off, but used to be comfortable before my husband and I both lost our jobs.  I have a job now, but make about 1/3 of my previously salary.  If I did not know how to "make do" we would starve. My husband draws his SS now, and to hear the plans for depriving us of that safety net is really scary.  We would never survive.  I don't want that to happen to our generation or any other generation.  We have PAID for it since our first jobs!

    Feed my sheep-Jesus

    by GAladybug on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 06:22:38 AM PDT

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    •  I've found that the "brand name" thrift stores (0+ / 0-)

      Such as Goodwill and Salvation Army are too expensive. Locally, we have one that raises money for an animal shelter, and another that raises money for an annual event are much less expensive, as is a local church that uses the funds for its food bank.

      It's worth looking for thrift stores that support smaller, local charity groups, if there are any near you. You may be able to save even more.

      Once the bear eats your friend, there's no one left to outrun. And it'll still be hungry.

      by radical simplicity on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 07:09:35 PM PDT

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      •  We definitely do that also! (0+ / 0-)

        The Goodwill is just on my way home from work and with the 25% off on tuesdays, the prices are pretty low.
        There is an animal shelter one nearby and there is no comparison-they have much lower prices!

        Feed my sheep-Jesus

        by GAladybug on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:37:44 PM PDT

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