It Pays to Be a Good Neighbor

This Saturday, Sept. 28, is National Good Neighbor Day.  Who knew?  Of course, being a good neighbor every day of the year is always the right thing to do, but bonding with your neighbors can also help fatten your wallet. Here’s how: Membership Warehouse Club: Shopping at membership warehouse stores can save you some serious money, but what family can actually eat a 10-pound block of cheese? Who has space to store 50 rolls of toilet paper?  Consider joining forces with …

How to Host a Successful Yard Sale

Yard sales are a GREAT way to declutter and earn a few extra bucks. But there’s more to it than putting price tags on your old stuff and a sign out in your front yard. This episode of the Cheap Life offers tips from me and the Yard Sale Queen on ways to price your treasures to sell. What’s the best deal you’ve ever gotten at a yard sale? Share it with us in the comments section on the YouTube page …

8 Unhealthy Things Never To Buy At A Garage Sale

We all like a good bargain, but some of the so-called good buys at garage sales or resale shops can be hazardous to your (and your kids’ or grandkids‘) health and safety. In some instances, they could even be fatal. The folks at Readers Digest came up with a list of things never to buy at garage sales, plus the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also publishes a helpful list of dangerous, recalled children’s products that often turn up at resale …

Garage Sale Gal, Lynda Hammond: Signs a Mystery

Okay, so let’s face it, going to garage sales isn’t brain surgery but finding them can sometimes be challenging. If garage sale signs aren’t placed just right then we might have to call on our maneuvering skills or we’ll be meandering aimlessly through neighborhoods searching for treasures. Where we put our signs is critical to throwing a successful sale. Julia Hooper found that out the hard way. “There were no other signs up when I put mine up so I …

Garage Sale: To Price or Not to Price?

I love walking up to a garage sale and seeing items neatly displayed, clothes hung in groups of like-colors. And everything with a price tag. A sale where each item has been painstakingly tagged with brightly colored stickers—.10, .25, .50…you get the idea. There’s something else I’ll admit—pricing things at garage sales is a big waste of time! And you’ll probably make more money if you DON’T tag them. Now hang on, before you log off, get a coffee refill …

Garage Sale Gal: (Don’t) Show me the Money!

When I walked up to her garage sale, I loved the sight of Lavonne Thorsen sitting at a fold-up TV dinner tray. “I’m having a good time, Lavonne said with a smile. Lavonne’s job was to take care of the cash while her family made sales. She kept the money in a small cardboard box on the TV tray — something that can be quite tempting for people who have more on their mind than scoring a bargain. I know …