Let's clear one thing up STAT.
You don't need to purchase things every week to be part of Thrifty Thursday. That would be so horrible, to make you feel like you needed to go out and thrift shop to be part of it! Thrifty Thursday is a state of mind. As you saw with last weeks post, The Brad and I scored on some free dirt for our veggie boxes. Someone wanted to dump great top soil, we needed great top soil. When we priced the dirt yesterday at the nursery to see what we would have had to pay had we bought it there...it was well over $100. That's Thrifty Thursday at work in the real world.
I am having a little girl tea party for a 6th birthday this weekend. I very much wanted "real" tea cups (not paper dixie cups! ewwwww!!!!!!) but I didn't want to use my own tea cup collection. Why? Because if one cup broke during the party I would have to yell at someone else's small child and that would be bad. JUST KIDDING PEOPLE! You think I would yell at a small child? Hmm. That shows just how well you know me. Anyway, I headed down to Mr. Munchkins and found little glass teacups for 0.25/each. Yep. 25 cents. (And if anyone can tell me where to find the cents symbol on my keyboard I would be really happy.) Man, I couldn't even buy dixie cups for the price of these precious glass babies. See where I'm going here?
And that is that. A simple fix. I can't tell you about all the great kitchen stuff I have found at thrift stores. It would take way too long. Just the other week I found a pyrex bowl with a lid for $1. Why pay more than a dollar I ask you? Why go to Macy's??? Why pay for more packaging? Why pay for the fuel it took to transport the pyrex bowl to the store? Look, I don't have all the answers here. But I know that we know we are all paying way too much in health insurance and gas so it might do us some good to save a little where we can.
So, don't be hard on yourself for not technically thrifting this week. Tell us about your plans to be thrifty or what you are hoping to find on the side of the road. Tell us about your vintage salt and pepper shaker collection or the second hand-sneakers you bought last year. How about those half-dead plants on the discount rack that no one else gives a darn about. Give them a second chance for criminy's sake!!!!!!! Or, heck...take a jaunt down to the local thrift and tell yourself you can only spend $5 and get something you actually need (but please don't buy underwear.) Be creative! Adopt a turtle and make it a nice (large) yard from reclaimed fence posts. Save the world thru thrifting! It's possible! Now gosh dang it, STEP IT UP!
note: I am also blogging over at Becoming Claudine today when she's on her babymoon. If you are all interested in a mini-version of my thrifting history, go check it out!