I know many of you just LOVE to go thrift store shopping and yard/garage sale shopping. I remember as a kid being taken around to all these “junk” stores and yard sales waiting for my parents to go through everything, which seemed to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r!  We also went to auctions quite regularly. However, shortly after my oldest daughter was born, my husband and I started going around to yard sales frequently. We had decided to start selling on internet auction sites, and had to get our inventory somewhere!  We actually managed to make a pretty good income for quite a while by selling used books. Even though we no longer sell online, doing this has really helped me to learn the benefit of shopping thrift stores and yard sales. It’s not the easiest method of shopping. You have to plan enough time to really look through everything, as some of the best bargains are not easy to find. But, we’ve managed to find name-brand clothing that still had the original sales tags on them, hard-to-find books, as well as many other things of value to us.  I have also seen used furniture in terrific condition for far better prices than elsewhere. We’ve purchased nearly complete sets of dishes, bakeware, etc. for a fraction of the cost.

I also know many people who live in areas where yard sales can make a great deal of money. They will stock up on items they get free or nearly free at the grocery store (toothpaste, shampoos, bandages, and other non-perishables) and resell them at their yard sale and make a good amount of money on it. Personally, hosting a yard sale is also a torturous event for me, so I prefer to donate the items and use them as a tax deduction!

So, if you don’t currently check out your local thrift stores, I encourage you to do so. Usually the money goes toward a good cause as well (Salvation Army, Goodwill, various hospitals, etc). Just be sure to plan it when you’ll have a little time to browse so you won’t get frustrated!

Now for some other good stuff!

All You Magazine March 2012 Coupon List – Debbie Does Coupons has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that are in Walmart’s All You Magazine for May.  You can check it out here  to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has fewer coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals – If you’re a Walmart shopper, I highly recommend checking out  Iheartthemart.com for the best deals.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” list for 5/17-5/23/2012, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 5/17-5/23/2012, please click here.

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Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

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