Once again I am one day late again. This is my Frugal
Friday Saturday post. The older I get, the more I realize frugal living is a team effort.
Last summer I had to buy a couch for our youth group room. We had two recliners and a handful of folding chairs. We needed a comfy vintage looking couch that is a must have for any youth room. I was hoping my small effort in putting an announcement in the bulletin would bring us a couch. It did not.
I discovered a friend of mine at church has a thing for Craig’s List. He and his wife have bought and sold multiple items using the website. It became a hobby for them. I was a little put off by Craig’s List. I did not like checking it all the time, e-mailing strangers, and worse having to talk to them on the phone. My friend helped me face my fears. He kept e-mailing me about potential couches in the area until we found one. He encouraged me to barter and get a good price. He even picked up the couch for me.
My mom is a master thrift store shopper. She finds all kinds of quality things. My cousin who is a stay at home mom gave her “a challenge list” of items she was looking for. My mom went shopping for her to find all these things. I thought this was a fabulous idea. Even though my mom lives over 2,000 miles away, I have asked her to look for books, clothing, or toys for my kids. She will often ship them with “care packages” or birthday gifts.
Last year I really wanted a road bike, but I did not want to pay $1,000 for one. Especially if I do not like biking as much I think I am going to like it. I have a “biking” friend in my church who repairs bicycles as a side job. He went shopping for me and found my
used ”new to me” road bike I am so excited to take out this summer. Looking for road bikes on Craig’s List and other web sites was very time-consuming. I knew I would pay through the roof if I bought one at a bike shop. I did not want a Wal-Mart bike either.
My point with all three examples is to find frugal friends. If you are a stay at home mom and your time is limited, befriend those who can help you. Many people find Craig’s List searching or thrift store shopping as a fun hobby. They would love to help you!
I am linking this up with Life As A Mom Frugal Friday