Ahhh, it’s a rainy day and one filled with some pretty aggressive thunderstorms. (Last night we had thunder so loud it woke us both up right out of our deep sleep!) There is nothing like a rainy day to do some writing…and therefore, here we are with another The Thrifty Three post! Please feel free to share what thrifty and frugal things you’re doing right now. It’ll inspire all of us to keep an eye on our wallets, especially with the economy how it is right now.
Travelling online – Like pretty much everyone else still, we are definitely not doing any travelling right now. (Does our weekly jaunt to the grocery store count? Right, I thought not!) But, I’ve been satisfying that travel desire by visiting cool travel blogs and even vacation rental sites. I love looking at different locations, and seeing what kind of place you can rent. Just in case we ever do any actual travelling again! Obviously, this type of sofa travelling costs WAY less – as in nothing at all.
Re-reading old books. I like to think of old books as being old friends. So what if I’ve read them before? Reading them again is like a good visit – since old friends are the best friends. By re-reading them, I’m saving money as I’m not buying many right now. So, zero dollars spent! (The last time I did order books, I used Book Outlet and got a handful of novels to read. I was very pleased with the whole experience!)
No cost haircuts! So, I cut the Hub’s hair all the time, since it’s super simple and I just use a pair of good clippers to buzz it down. But my hair? Well, that’s a different story! My hair is rather long, and I like having some layering in it. But during this pandemic, I learned that a simple haircut can be as easy as putting my hair up into two ponytails and cutting! Really! Early on in the pandemic, when my hair was driving me nuts (mostly due to straggly and dry ends) I took matters into my own hands. I carefully parted my hair straight down the middle and made a ponytail on either side of my head. I made sure to brush out the hair again evenly, and then put another hair elastic about an inch above the ends of my hair on both sides. Then I cut! I took off about an inch, I’d estimate. It turned out pretty good, and it helped my hair feel a lot healthier again. I’m sure my hairdresser will let me know that it wasn’t perfect, but I was pleased with the results. (You can Google ‘ponytail haircutting technique’ to get other techniques, such as how to add layers to your hair. I wasn’t that brave!) I used very sharp kitchen shears, but Amazon has actual haircutting scissors back in stock now for around $13.00. Hair cutting and barber’s scissors were unavailable anywhere in April and much of May.
So, what have you guys been up to lately to save money? Are you in super frugal mode? Or, are you getting sick of this forced frugality? Tell us your Thrifty Three! 🙂
I’m really trying to take advantage of this sudden extra time on my hands at home by writing more regularly in my journal. Are you guys into writing journals? Even as a child, I often had one of those adorable little girl journals with pretty floral covers and a tiny little golden lock on the side, which you could only open with one of the wee little keys that came with it. I loved to unlock my journal and write out what was on my mind and heart that day!
So, today’s post is about gorgeous journals that you’d love to write your thoughts and feelings in. In an unprecedented time like we’re currently living through, the very act of writing down your thoughts can be very therapeutic. Already, just looking back and reading my older journal postings from when the coronavirus crisis first began has been very interesting indeed!
Some of our Favourite Finds – Journals on Amazon
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Best Deals on Journals on BookOutlet.ca
The range of beautiful journals available on sale at Bookoutlet is incredible! The other day I had a great time wandering through their virtual shelves, perusing all of the beautiful and colourful journals for sale. The prices are unbeatable! To find your next favourite journal on Bookoutlet, simply click the link below and search for ‘journals.’ (I’m trying to find a way to post individual products from there, and when I figure it out I promise I will!)
I’m always curling up with a great book. In fact, for me the very best way to decompress is to start reading a new book! But, we’re all facing lower incomes during coronavirus…so, what is a book lover to do?
I’m stocking up on books from BookOutlet. Just look at just some of the amazing new books I found on their website today! There’s a great selection of non-fiction and novels to choose from. Plus, cookbooks galore, and tons of kids books at way better prices than a lot of other online book stores.
Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Notebook (Kids’ math book)
Art for Kids – Drawing by Kathryn Temple (With the kids home from school, this will give them a cool project to work on. Improving their drawing skills!)
Make Something Good Today by Erin and Ben Napier $9.76 CDN – 73% off! – From the stars of HGTV’s Home Town, a memoir of how to cherish family and friends and make something beautiful. (This seems especially sweet right now, as so many of us are not able to freely visit and hug our families and friends.)
Star Wars – I am a Wookiee by Geof Smith – $2.54 save 63% – This children’s book will get your little ones involved in the intergalactic world of Star Wars from a very early age!
1 Page at a Time by Adam J. Kurtz – a Daily Creative Companion. Only $8.28 CDN (60% off)
And there are tons of cookbooks on sale too! Just search for popular terms like Keto, vegan, or gluten free to find literally hundreds of book titles.
Extra 15% off Books – Limited Time
As an extra incentive to load up on some reading material while you’re safely inside, BookOutlet is offering an additional 15% off books! No coupon required – 15% off their already low prices. (But will not apply to items on an additional sale.)
Whether you call it a side hustle, a work from home opportunity or just a hobby it all means the same thing: extra money made from the comfort of your own home. eBay is an awesome place to earn a bit of extra money, because it’s easy to start selling – today! But, to start selling, you need stuff to sell. That’s where we come in to help.
10 Best Places to find stuff to sell on eBay
At home – Of course, we want to find FREE stuff to sell as much as possible! If the item was free to begin with, then after we take off eBay’s fees (for listing and for selling) we are left with a lovely, large profit. Rummage through your closets, shed, garage, storage areas, office area, kitchen, dressers and drawers. You’ll be amazed by what you can find to sell online through an auction. And hey, you’re also decluttering at the same time – the ultimate win, win!
Find Freebies in your local area – We happily live in an apartment. My husband and I are so NOT the kind of people who want to shovel snow or tackle an overgrown lawn with a mower. But, one handy benefit to this is that sometimes our friendly neighbours leave goodies out that they don’t want to throw away, but no longer need themselves. Case in point? I myself have left out some really nice dishes that I just didn’t have the space for, and didn’t want to be bothered selling. And, just today I found an awesome new-looking hardcover book about the American Revolution. The price on the back? $38.99 Canadian!! I plan to let my Dad have a go at reading it, and then I’ll pop it onto eBay to sell. (Curious about it? It’s this book right here.) If you live in a house, you can find freebie piles in the front of your neighbours’ homes, especially in the spring when people are spring cleaning. Ca-ching! Did you hear that? It was your eBay sales replenishing your Paypal account. Woohoo!!
Ask around – Sometimes, you just let to need your friends, family and workmates know that you’re starting up an eBay business. Instead of having to cart their boxes of extra stuff, they might be very glad to let you come pick it up instead. It helps them get rid of junk, and at the same time gives you some cool items to sell online.
Yard sales and garage sales – These are yet another opportunity for you to find some goodies to re-sell. Near the end of the day, some people slash the prices on items just to get rid of them or even put out a FREE box. Yard sales are a great place to find kids’ clothes, toys, dishes and cutlery, home decor items and just about anything you can think of! And, a wee bit of bartering is expected – so try to barter the price down a little. It’s quite satisfying to get the item for less.
Clearance sections – Sometimes, a supermarket, drug store or mega store like Walmart will clear out items that haven’t sold well or are being discontinued. But, discontinued items sell really well on eBay! So, even if that shade of lipstick or hair colour looks sort of odd to you, you may find that it’s a little money maker! (You can pop online while you’re still at the store and see how those exact items are selling on eBay. Discontinued haircolour can fetch incredibly high prices.)
Local Kijiji ads – https://kijiji.ca can be a great resource for finding items to sell online. I’ve found entire sets of dishes (no, not the ones I got rid of earlier, I promise!) for $50 that originally were worth 10 times that. And, the beauty of eBay is that you can just sell things individually, allowing for a greater profit margin.
Local Facebook groups – My dear friend Sara, who is a Mom, is always finding amazing lots of kids’ clothes and toys on local Facebook groups. She gets them for her boys to wear and play with, but this is an awesome spot to keep your eye open for goodies to sell, too.
Thrift stores – Have you checked out your local Goodwill recently? Stuff that might seem sort of lame may actually sell well on eBay! Again, a little research ahead of time will allow you to know what does and doesn’t sell. You can even do a quick eBay check while you’re in the thrift store, just to make sure you’re not wasting money on items that will just linger for months on your eBay listings. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that! As long as it eventually sells,it’s a win – but a quick selling item is obviously preferable. We want to boost up our Paypal accounts pronto!)
Local auction houses – This is not something I’ve ever tired personally, but I see ads in the newspaper for local auctions. These can include very large items like furniture, which obviously wouldn’t be easy to sell on eBay. (Unless you’re willing for people to pick the item up, and you only sell locally.) But, if you can snag a good deal on a box of kitchen gadgets, jewelry, or books – then maybe it’s worth a try!
Outlet stores – Outlet stores sometimes keep marking items down until they’re gone. Even high end stores like Nordstrom have their own outlet stores (theirs is called Nordstrom Rack.) I’ve heard from friends that places like that, or even Winners or Homesense can be a great place to find brand name merchandise that will sell for more online.
eBay Inventory – All Stocked Up
We hope you’ve discovered some wonderful places to replenish your eBay inventory, and have fun while doing it! (Seriously, looking through thrift stores and clearance racks gives me a very odd kind of joy.) Happy hunting, all!
Save between 50 to 90% on 90,000 new books at Book Outlet! Find your favorite book and start reading! Book Outlet Canada is an incredible resource if, like me!! – you LOVE to read. Just look at a few of the titles I plan to pick up soon:
Survivors Club – the true story of a very young prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
The Great Infuenza by John M. Barry
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD
Art for Kids – Drawing by Kathryn Temple
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Recipe for Modern Teatime Treats by Martha Stewart
Taste of Home- 201 Recipes You’ll Make Forever
With literally thousands of books on sale at any given time, you are bound to find something to read and love today. Okay, I’m off to refresh my cup of coffee and enjoy a bit of read time…
Is it only my Dad who would laugh aloud while reading this? If you have fans of the Far Side in your family, then this seems like a no-brainer gift for them! The entire collections comes in two hardbacked editions, tucked away in a really cool storage box. Now, if only I could find a Calvin & Hobbes collection, too…