In the spirit of “staycationing” in our new home, I’m writing a new series of posts about ways to save money and live frugally without being extreme or insane. I used these methods to save for my down payment, and I continue to use them to survive being a new, yet thrifty, homeowner.
Let’s embark on the House Poor Summer Tour 2013!
Being house poor means Clay and I hit random garage sales almost every weekend lately. Sometimes garage sales are great and other times, it’s a bust. We check Craigslist on Thursday or Friday to find the good ones, and since I run at Isle of Palms most Saturday mornings, I can hit up yard sales East of the Cooper while Clay hits the West Ashley ones.
Plus, here in Charleston, you can find garage sales at random times- like Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon. You can also find estate sales that last all weekend. Score for those of us who run or race on Saturday mornings, or like to sleep in, because we can still score some deals.
Saturday evening, I hit an estate sale in West Ashley and purchased a $10 juicer. Since the price was $10 and it was early in the sale, I knew the seller wouldn’t come down, so I talked her into throwing a random cookbook or two in with it.
That’s right. I *never* pay full price- even at yard sales.
I was hesitant to buy the juicer at first- ten dollars is ten dollars, and if I’m not going to use the item, it doesn’t matter how cheap it is, it’s a waste of money. It’s an entry-level juicer, so I can always upgrade if I like it- beats buying a pricey one and not using it, right?
I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead a few months ago when some friends started juicing, which inspired me to branch out and try the juice bar at Earth Fare. Now, I really like the juice bar at Earth Fare and frequent it once a week. Since I’m 9 miles away in the “boonies” and Earth Fare isn’t open 24-7, I figured this would be an easy fix.
So far, I’ve made two kinds of juices- the first one was carrots and one pink lady apple. The second juice was carrots, a little spinach, and strawberries. Both were really tasty and also strangely filling. I love the carrots and they’re cheap, plus they generate a good bit of juice. The strawberries were going bad soon- so what a great way to use produce before you have to throw it out?
I’m pretty proud of my little garage sale juicer and can’t wait to try new concoctions and recipes I find online. Any suggestions?
Have you ever tried juicing fruits and veggies?
Do you like garage/yard/estate sales?