Breaking the Economy to PunditGirl

Thu, March 19, 2009

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I see I need to have a little chat with my nine-year-old.

The local Target or Old Navy are more our speed this year. Probably for the coming years, as well.

What about you? Have a good ‘tightening the economic belt’ story on your shopping habits? If so, I’ll pick one at random to receive a small PunditMom goodie bag with some Mom 2.0 Summit swag! (NOT the Eye-Fi, though! Hands off — that one is mine!) ;)

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13 Responses to “Breaking the Economy to PunditGirl”

  1. The12thLetter Says:

    1) Instead of buying a new pair of sneakers, just buy new shoelaces! I have one pair of black sneakers and change my laces from purple to pink to red to black on a weekly basis to keep them looking new! Laces only cost $2!

    2) Shop at Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading Co. or other clothing exchange shops. On a good day you can find designer clothes for more than half off the original price. You can also sell your clothes for cash or store credit!

    3) Get your girlfriends together for a clothing swap!

    I’m a huge fan of used clothing… ain’t nothing wrong with vintage!

  2. judy in ky Says:

    I’ve been taking clothes I don’t wear to a consignment shop. I get money back from them on a fairly regular basis. They also take household items, like rugs, lamps, pictures, mirrors, etc. I take those in, too. I have lots of extra stuff because we moved from a big house to a small house. That makes pretty good money.
    But yesterday I gave in to temptation. While waiting for an appointment I was browsing at the mall and ended up buying a $100 blouse… so I’m just about coming out even at this point!

  3. impromptublogger Says:

    A girl can dream, can’t she? lol

    I haven’t been in years, but in my experience at least at Bloomie’s when they have a sale they have a SALE and you can get some really good deals there.

    We’ve got a couple of pretty good thrift stores in our area, since we are in the proximity of Howard County so lots of good designer stuff shows up there.

    I’ve sold things on half.com and craigslist and sometimes not.

  4. winecat Says:

    We’ve started frequenting the Dollar Store much more often. Don’t forget Trader Joe’s and Costco. Even for the two of us I often buy meat at Costco, portion it out to meal size pieces and freeze it.

    I use the crock pot. I’v gotten 4 dinners out of 1 chuck roast.

    Cancelled the newspaper subscription because we can read it on line. Cut back our Netflix subscription to one movie at a time.

  5. anniegirl1138 Says:

    As far as clothing goes, Child will have cut-off capris and shorts made from her current long pants as they will be too small by fall anyway.

    But in bigger news, we have cancelled plans to travel to the States this summer. Child was going to stay with her Grandma and catch up with her cousins while the husband and I did a mini-getaway to BlogHer in July before spending time with the family. My dad died this last October and we wanted to spend time with mom and help her do some work on the house, so she wouldn’t have to hire it done.

    There just isn’t time or money to be away from home. Perhaps next year.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I was hardly contributing to the economy anyway, so I won’t be making any changes. I am very well versed at living at the poverty level. -Tia Creighton http://tia-creighton.livejournal.com

  7. Taragl Says:

    We moved our family out of the city and into a rural area in an attempt to declutter and extract some of the consumer influences from our daily lives. When you drive around town and see farms instead of fast-food restaurants and shopping malls, there’s no temptation to give in to. We’ve saved a considerable amount of money each month by being an hour away from our favorite stores and restaurants. Being tired in the evening is no excuse to run out to dinner — there’s simply nowhere to go!

    And, interestingly, buying on credit is part of our savings plan. We found two cards, one that gives us Amazon gift certificates and one that deposits a percentage of our charges into a college savings plan for the kids. We charge all monthly expenses, then pay off the entire balance monthly. We’re not spending differently, but so far we’ve received $75 in Amazon credit, which is great for book junkies — and the kids have a little extra going into their college funds.

    Cable television is another expense we cut when we moved. I can’t imagine how I used to find time to watch all of my DVR’d shows before — there’s barely time in the day for the non-tv activities now.

    We’ve been experimenting with growing our own food; a large garden in the summer and laying chickens year-round. With neighbors calling often to buy our fresh free-range eggs, the girls are more than paying for their own feed now. And we’re making lots of friends as the go-to people for local eggs. I’d like to try out a goat next year for milk and cheese. Not bad for a suburban Jersey girl!

  8. ClumberKim Says:

    1. I’m not buying books for myself, and very few for the kids. Paperbackswap.com is my new friend. Helps me get rid of books we don’t need too.

    2. Starting a babysitting co-op. This will get underway in the next couple of months but we’ve been talking about it with friends and neighbors. Going out is just too pricey when babysitting is factored in, and we have no family nearby.

    3. I second the credit card rewards suggestion. For us it’s an LL Bean card. My husband puts all his business travel on it. I get $30-40 a month in coupons. And we pay it off every month.

    4. Refinanced our mortgage to a lower rate and shorter term. It will be paid off 15 years sooner, before the kids are in college. Total savings: over $150k!

  9. Bets Says:

    As a teacher, I'm always thinking of ways to save:
    1) I frequently shop at The Dollar Tree & Deal$. They actually have some great food items there.
    2) Paying off credit cards with tax refund and vowing NEVER to never charge something that I can't pay for in the next bill. I'm paying off charges from my student teaching year SIX years ago!
    3) Garage sales with friends to make money.
    4) When I go shopping for things … I carry them around the store and then before I check out, I look through my cart to see what I really can live without. I put back those things and tell myself that I can always come back for it. 9 times out of 10, I don't go back.
    ** Thanks for everyone else's great tips!

  10. Amy@UWM Says:

    We’ve just been cutting down in buying and yes, looking to stores like Target for our clothes-buying needs, but we always have. I’m also alot more cognizant of what my little one might inherit from the older one and then filling in any blanks instead of just going ahead and buying her a bunch of stuff like I normally do.

    We did have to explain the economy to my older daughter when we had to tell her that she couldn’t go to her beloved sleep away camp. It’s just not the year to spend thousands of dollars on what really is a nice-to-have. It was sad to have to say no to an incredible summer experience — she had such an amazing time last year. Maybe next summer if the economy picks up again…

  11. Suebob Says:

    I started drinking instant coffee. INSTANT COFFEE people! And I used to spend about $60 a month on beans from Peets.

  12. Vacation Mamma Says:

    1. Just shop less. Processrinate- you’ll spend less if you just make do with what’s in your closet and pantry.
    2. I stopped buying cases of bottled water and we just use refillable bottles even the kids. Savings: $15-20/mo plus the CA deposit.
    3. Got rid of one DVR. Reduced our netflix subscription by one move. Dropped caller ID. Cancelled the gym.

  13. Kelley Irish Says:

    After my hubby was jobless for 16 months I used many lessons my grandmother taught me
    1. Homemade gifts sharing something of ourselves. I rediscovered sewingand crafts online.
    2.Store brand food is very similar to branded food and costs less.
    3. Fix things insread of buying new
    4. Bought everything made in America so I felt like I was giving others jobs.
    5.Reward points can purchase gift cards.
    6.Use the frezzer to store food on sale
    7.A 5 dollar can of foam seals lots of drafts.
    8. Close registers in rooms not used
    9. Replace bulbs with energy saving ones as they burn out
    10. Get coupons online
    11. Thirft stores are our friends
    12. Get rid of gold jewelry and buy groceries
    13. The library has free books you can borrow
    14. Walk more drive less
    15. Rewards can be a smile or High 5-doesn’t need to be a treat.


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