Couponing for the Extremely Normal: I Won’t Pay Full Price

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My daughter decided she wants to play lacrosse this year.  Fortunately, her school received a grant and those players without sticks and goggles were given loaners for the season.  The only problem is she can’t carry the lacrosse stick on the bus unless it’s in a case.  I priced out carrying cases on the internet and learned it was going to cost about $30 to buy a new one.  Now lacrosse is something she is just trying out and I’m not going to spend $30 for something which may end up in the back of the garage by summer.  I set out to town and found a lacrosse bag for only $10.  Bonus!  … and it was even in my daughter’s favorite color.

Where do you find the best bargains?  Generally, I find the best deals in resale shops.  Consignment shops, Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and Play It Again Sports are some of my favorites.  I’ve found brand new clothing with tags at consignment shops and Goodwill and have paid a very small percentage of the original cost for something no one has ever worn.  Plato’s Closet is my daughter’s favorite clothing store.  We’ve been able to outfit her for a whole season for less than half what it used to cost to go to the big box stores.

Many resale stores offer loyal customer cards and discounts.  Sign up for their mailing lists, friend them on Facebook, and give them your email address.  The discounts abound.  You just have to “make friends” with these stores.

Tell us where you find your best bargains!

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