Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Curb spending at Car Boot Sales!

I tallied up my spending at car boot boot sales lately & was quite shocked!. One week I spent £17.00 & last week I went to 3 different boot sales & in total spent £53.99!!. Its so hard though I do enjoy going to car boot sales.  Take for instance I bought my son some Addidas Gazelle trainers for £3.00. To say he was over the moon was an understatement.  To buy these they would have been anything from £45. - £55 . Which is probably why he was over the moon as I would not of bought them at the new price!.  Normally my son wears Vans for school.  Personally I do not buy in to names & makes. I am happy to pay for good quality .
Equally I understand my son wants to be like his friends & have things that he is happy to wear.  Also it is better value to me that he likes the things he wears.  One day when he gets to an age where he can earn his own pennies, thats his choice to what he wants to buy.  
He is happy to wear t- shirts, shorts regardless where they are from. I hope I have instilled frugal ways in him!. I know he loves a good car boot sale & has a look in charity shops to.   He knows money stretches further.
Equally though I need to watch how much I spend just because it is cheaper,at a car boot.  I have to ask myself "Do I really need it?".  So I really need to work on this area drastically.  Buying thrifted bits and bobs does save me money. But I guess if i was to carry on spending like that it  would not save money. Have you got any good ideas to make me stop spending at car boot sales?!

Monday, 3 September 2012


Today sees me doing a bit of decluttering & tidying. I have opened a decluttering tab! On my decluttering tab I am listing all the things that are on route to the charity shop. I did that big car boot sale which was good. I have saved some things for ebay. Some things are still good but not quite good enough for ebay.  I do find car boot sales a lot lot cheaper than charity shops. Some charity shops are on par with new shops & sometimes some of those Primarni (primark)tops are more expensive than they are in primark. I tend to drop my clothing of at the Red Cross shop as all there clothing is always £1.99 an item. I like the fact I am donating to a good cause.As well as the fact a lot of people will not be priced out of buying an item at a reasonable price. I know of other charity shops that mark there goods more reasonable too, and those are the ones that get my goods.  I think that goods should be priced reasonable. I have been shocked at the cost of certain items.
Round where I live about 3 - 4 charity door knockers a week. I have popped up a yellow sticker saying the residents of this property do not want cold callers. Does it stop them no.I must sound like a grinch. These door charity people knock at tea times , 8 or 9 in the evening. They are hoping you sign for a direct debit monthly. I am happy to donate,sponser friends, pop money in charity boxes but I find it a real invasion knocking on my front door. Also we have a lot of elderly in our street & I think sometimes the charity knockers do not let them draw breath to say "No thank you" . I would not want my mum opening her front door in the evening.  GGrrrr rant over!
On with my decluttering   


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