Who doesn’t like to save a little money or find a great deal on something?

Here are some resources:

Habitat for humanity Re-stores

What is a ReStore? 

Each of the 825 Habitat ReStores in the United States and Canada:

Accepts donations of new and gently-used building materials and household goods.

  • Sells those items to the public at a fraction of the retail price.
  • Uses the proceeds to achieve Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities, and hope.
  • Does it all with the help of volunteers.

Salvation Army Stores

Chances are there is a Salvation Army Family Store near you. At your local Salvation Army Family Store you can find great deals and bargain prices on clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics and much more.

Plus, your purchase directly funds The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers. That means that the bargains you find for yourself also help others by reclaiming lives and healing families.

Goodwill stores

The more than 2,600 Goodwill stores in the United States and Canada are independently owned and operated. They offer the basics — jeans, business attire, infant and children’s clothing, housewares and appliances, furniture and more — at a great value.

IL. farmers markets

Illinois is 3rd in the nation for the number of farmers markets. Over 3,000 farmers markets across the country offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products such as: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more. Please take this opportunity to search for a community or roadside farmers market near you.

Kroger Food stores

Look for the orange tag items. These are mostly found on meats and bread. They use the orange tags on items that are soon to expire at hugely discounted prices. We snatch up all the orange tag items that we can find and put the items directly in the freezer.

Flea Markets

We haven’t had much luck with flea markets, however every so often good deals can be found.

Privately owned thrift stores

We shop local thrift stores all the time. We look for the ones with designer and high-end name brand clothing and shoes. If the kids manage to keep the stuff in good shape, I generally make back what I spent on it by selling it on eBay after they out grow the stuff!


We have bought and sold many items on Craigslist. Our 15-year-old son is an expert at wheeling and dealing on Craigslist when it comes to dirt bikes, ATV’s, and go carts. You have to be watchful of con-artists and spammers though. I’ve also heard some pretty gruesome horror stories take place on the Craigslist forum. Never post your address or phone number. Operate strictly by email and have them give you their number to get in contact.


It’s so easy. Just use their search to find a restaurant. Many of their participating restaurants have different offers, so pick the place that suits you best. They provide handy descriptions and even menus to help you decide. Follow the instructions for purchasing a gift certificate and print it out.


The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,035 groups with 8,917,299 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them’s good people). Membership is free. just type freecycle into google and find your local group. Have fun!

Dollar Tree

We save a lot by buying our paper products there. (Paper plates, Paper towels, toilet tissue, etc.)


We have saved hundred buying on eBay. From electronics to hard to find car parts. Yes, eBay has everything.

Harbor Freight

At a time when average folks need to stretch their dollars as far as possible, you can count on Harbor Freight Tools to continue to deliver on their founding commitment. They deliver exceptional quality tools at ridiculously low prices. 5000+ tools in stock. The men in my life LOVE this place for the deals they can get.


$7.99 a month isn’t bad considering we were paying $50.00 a month for satellite to watch the same stuff over and over with more commercials than movies! We (like so many others), are sometimes disappointed with some of the selections and their recent price hike. However it’s still fairly easy to find something to watch and has genres that accommodate the entire family and our varied tastes.

I’m sure I will be adding to this list! Also, their are many web sites with good printable coupons. I stay clear of a lot of the ones that want you do download all kinds of stuff in order to print. Also, check to see if you have a beauty school in your area. They offer hugely discounted rates on haircuts, mani’s, pedi’s, skin treatments, and products. Our oldest daughter is attending Educator’s of Beauty and we get great discounts! They do a great job, and you will be helping them gain valuable experience while saving money!

5 responses

  1. Ginny Foust says:

    Great idea!!

  2. Sara Williams says:

    I had no idea about IL and farmer’s markets, very cool. I know what you mean about flea markets, but California has some great ones. I agree with frugal.

  3. Don’t forget about paperbackswap.com for all the readers out there. Post the books you want to trade, pay shipping when someone requests them. You get a credit. When you want a book, the swapper pays shipping so it’s free for you.

  4. Thanks for commenting…I’ve never heard of this before. My father will love this!

  5. coville123 says:

    Thanks for the tips did not know about these sites like freecycle.