One of the best ways to keep your budget in check is participating in local clothing or “stuff” swaps. Many of them are piece for piece. You drop off X amount of items and come back when the swap starts and choose the same amount of items. If you’ve got kids this is a great way to stock up on the next size of clothing or to swap out toys for the next age group. You’ll often find other treasures you weren’t expecting. Although sometimes you’ll come across some piles of junk (worn out or outdated pieces) for all that is crap there is always a lot that is good. For instance some of my best finds have been tons of brand new baby items, items with tags, new shoes, a pack and play, little outdoor chair for the baby, great books, dvds and so much more! It’s worth the time and minimal effort and the thrill of the hunt can be so fun. Included in this post are some pics of the awesome stuff we scored today at the Skyline Swap in San Diego. I found a stack of brand new polo shirts for the hubs and some items new with tags. You can Google “swaps” in your city and join local Facebook groups that host events. Finders Keepers have groups across the country or you check with local churches as swapping events are becoming a popular trend.
I was not one of the first to jump on the major online shopping bandwagon and as much as I dig Amazon I know I don’t use it to the fullest potential that most people do today but one thing I do use (when I shop online) and love is Ebates. It’s a shopping tracker. You create an account, go to the ebates website before shopping and portal over to the site you wish to shop at. My regulars are Macy’s, Kohls, Toys R Us, Lowe’s, Walmart and a countless others. Not only do you earn cash back on your purchase (a percentage of the total spent) but you can also find deal codes right on the site when you link over. I only do a fraction of my shopping online, what can I say … still love walking into a store … but when I do shop in cyberspace I use ebates and I’ve earned over $435.00 cash back in the couple of years I’ve been using it. If you don’t know, now you know!