Monday, July 28, 2014

8 Tips for a Profitable Garage Sale!!

I'm helping my Mother-in-Law with a garage sale this week, so I thought I'd repost this article I wrote last year!

Whew... garage sales can be exhausting, but if done right, they can also be rewarding! If you've never had a garage sale or your garage sales usually flop, here are my tips for hosting a PROFITABLE garage sale!

1) Team Up
This may be the most important factor in your garage sale, in my opinion. Since garage sales are a lot of work to put on successfully, it helps to have more people involved, for many reasons.
*Sales: if you're solo and you get hit during a busy period, it can be confusing and stressful. Trying to make change, record what you sold, answer questions, and keep an eye on what's going on around you is a lot-- even for the best multitasker out there! Plus, you'll need a break at some point to make something to eat, take or make a phone call, have a "potty break", etc.
*Merchandise: I know I don't usually stop at a garage sale that only has a few tables of knicknacks out. If I'm going to take the time to stop and shop, I like to see lots of stuff for me to look at! The chances of me finding something are better! So, if you don't have enough things to sell, but still want to host a garage sale, see if a friend, family member, or neighbor wants to team up with you! Plus, then you can advertise your sale as a "Multi-family Garage sale!"
*Child care: It can be really tough for moms with little kids to host a garage sale, so be sure to have a few other adults or teens who are old enough to babysit around to help watch the little ones.

2) Signs!
Speaking of advertising, make sure that you get the word out about your garage/yard sale. I remember my mom used to place an ad in our local newspaper, but nowadays, you can list for free on Craigslist! Most serious garage salers check Craigslist to plan their routes, so this is the best (and most frugal) way to advertise!
You can also send emails to friends and family, letting them know some of your "big ticket" items you'll be selling. Ask them to pass it along to anyone who may be looking for these things. You can also post it on Facebook (although I wouldn't post your address).
Make sure you put out some large signs near your location that clearly point the way to your sale. Use LARGE letters and maybe an arrow. Don't bother listing items or times on your sign- just make it very clear which way to go and they'll find it!

3) Location, Location!
I'm sorry to have to tell you, but if you're off the beaten track, you probably won't get lots of business. If you're house is not easy to get to, consider moving your sale somewhere else (friend's, family member's, a church sale, etc.)

Also, people like to figure out their route when they are planning on going garage sale-ing for a few hours, so it helps if your sale coincidences with some neighbors, a sub-wide sale, or when others in your nearby vicinity are hosting a sale. You can plan this by asking around, talking to the neighborhood association, or looking on Craiglist.

4) Clean House all year long
I wouldn't call myself a minimilist, but I do hate clutter and I love to get rid of things. So, a few times a year (usually around the holidays when we're moving things around/decorating or during spring cleaning) I grab things that we no longer need or want and I put them in a designated spot in my basement. When the kids have outgrown their clothes, I put them in a tub and write down the sizes of the clothes contained inside and that goes to the basement too. When our bookshelves or DVD organizers are overflowing, I weed out the ones we no longer need, and (you guessed it) they go to the basement.
Come garage sale time, I'm almost ready to go! I may do a quick sweep of the house for any other items to add, but I mainly just have to bring the items I've already put aside up from the basement!
*Just FYI: the rule of thumb in our house is: if you haven't used it in a year, you no longer need it.

5) Set up a NEAT sale
This can be time consuming, but you definitely want to organize your sale so that it looks like it will be easy to browse your items. Put the same size clothes together, put toys in the same spot, have a $1 or Dime bin, and display things creatively.
You know how when you go to a store and their 75% off rack is stuffed full and sizes are scattered, it makes you feel frustrated? At least, that's how I am. I hate to have to work to push clothes aside to rifle through them and find something I like only to discover it's the wrong size and it's in the wrong section! If you can lay your things out so people can easily see them and get to them, you'll sell more!
In the past, we've borrowed tables from church and family and friends, but that can be a huge effort too! Think about what you can use in your house to display items. An old door or shelf place on lawn chairs can become a table; a shovel, rake, or shower curtain rod placed between two ladders can be used to hang things. We've even used the tree in our front lawn to hang old prom and bridesmaid dresses- and they sold great that year!

6) Pricing
You have to remember that most people who shop garage sale expect garage sale prices. If you really want your things to sell, think about what you would honestly pay for your items at someone else's garage sale. You can't get stuck thinking "But it's worth $___ new" or "I paid $___ for it"!
Also, don't assume that people with haggle. Some will (I definitely will ;) !), but many people are too shy and you'll lose a ton of sales with that assumption.
You should also clearly mark your items. I love the little pricing stickers from the dollar store to put on items, but you can also make big signs that state prices for things, like "All clothes: $0.50 a piece". Sure, it's easier to just lay your things out and hope or expect that people will ask, but, again, many people won't.
Consider slashing prices on the last day of your sale. We've done the "stuff a bag for $5" tactic and the "Everything-is-half-off-today" promotion! Both work great and you'll increase your earnings on that last day or during those last (usually slow) hours!

7) Get the kids involved
My oldest daughter is always very excited to help with a garage sale and loves to set up her own table of things. When other little children come to our sale, she will let them know we have a "free box" (a mother's worst nightmare, right?) and gets sooo excited when something of hers sells. We usually also have a cookie and brownie sale and, surprisingly, they usually sell out!
I think this helps teach children learn the value of money and of their things. We also make sure to take 10% of their earnings to church on Sunday for their offering. It means much more to them when their offering is truly their own, and not from Mom's Wallet!

8) Donate what's left
After all the work off setting up and running a garage sale, I dread the thought of bringing any of those items back into my house. You can make a list of what you have (for tax reasons) and donate it to Goodwill, Salvation Army, Purple Heart, etc. You'll get a tax write off, you won't have to haul it back inside, and you'll be giving it to someone who needs it. Win-Win-Win!!

What are your tips for a great garage sale? What works best for you?


Groupon: Sam's Club membership, $20 gift card, and $26 in Free Food vouchers for just $45!!

Reminder: This deal is over on 7/29!!

If you've been thinking about getting a Sam's Club membership, check out this great deal on Groupon!

Groupon is offering a Sam’s Club membership package today worth $91 for only $45!! 

You'll get:

One-year Sam’s Club membership (a $45 value)
Complimentary membership card for a spouse or other household member
$20 gift card valid for any in-club, online or fuel purchases
Four Fresh-food vouchers, redeemable at the time of membership activation through Monday, October 27, 2014 (a $26.23 value), including:
*Sliced oven-roast turkey (22 oz. – $7.98 value)
*Ciabatta rolls (8 ct. – $3.99 value)
*Black bean five-layer dip (28 oz. – $7.98 value)
*Apple pie (10” – $6.28 value)

As an added bonus, all new Sam's Club members will receive $80 in special members-only savings on select popular items.¹ These savings are valid 30 days after membership activation. Click here to view Sam's Club membership benefits and additional fine print.

So, when you consider the $20 gift card and the $26 in FREE food vouchers, you're a GREAT deal!

Expires October 27, 2014. Limit 1 per person. In-club only. Valid for new Sam’s Club members only; not valid for those with a current membership. Not valid for renewals. Must be 18 or older. Not valid until 7/23/14. Membership must be activated within 90 days of purchase; membership expires one year from date the voucher is activated.


FREE Horizons Organic Mac N Cheese coupon! First 25,000!

HURRY on over to the Horizon Organic Facebook page, “like” them, and click on the Mac & Cheese Coupon tab to request a coupon for a FREE Horizon Mac & Cheese 6oz box (up to $3.39 value). This freebie is only available for the first 25,000 so act fast!

Note – After you enter the giveaway on Facebook, keep an eye out for an email with the Subject Line “Your registration for the Horizon Mac & Cheese Giveaway” from the email address When you receive the email (mine came within a few minutes), click on the link provided and enter your mailing address and then look for your coupon in the mail in 8-10 weeks. If you don’t respond within 5 calendar days, your coupon will be forfeited.

(Thanks, Hip2save)

New coupons: Listerine, Gerber Foods, Speed Stick, Starkist and more

Here are the newest coupons today!

$2.00 off any (1) LISTERINE WHITENING Rinse


$1.00 off four (4) Gerber 2nd Foods 2-Pack Tubs
$1.00 off 3 Gerber Organic 1st, 2nd or 3rd Foods
$1.00 off any One (1) Silk Soymilk Half Gallon
$0.25 off TWO (2) ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda
$3.00 off Mucinex Allergy Product 5 or 10 Count
$1.00 off One (1) Nature Made Fish Oil product
Buy Benefiber, get Nestle Pure Life Purified Water
$1.50 off any one OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals
$1.00 off one Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kit
$2.00 off any Yes To item $5 or over
$1.50 off any (1) VISINE product
$0.75 off any one Arm & Hammer Toothpaste
$1.00 off any (1) LISTERINE Antiseptic Mouthwash
$1.50 off any one Speed Stick GEAR Deodorant
$3.00 off Schick Hydro 5 Disposable Pack
$5.00 off TWO (2) Schick Slim Twin Disposable
$3.00 off Schick Xtreme3 Disposable Razor Pack
$2.00 off any (1) LISTERINE WHITENING Rinse
$1.00 off one Arm & Hammer Spinbrush toothbrush
$1.00 off THREE (3) TEMPTATIONS Treats for Cats


SAVE $2.00 on ANY L’Oréal® Paris Excellence haircolor (excludes Excellence to-Go)
SAVE $1.00 on ANY L’Oréal® Paris skincare product (excludes trial size)
SAVE $5.00 on ANY Nexium® 24HR 28 ct. or 42 ct. product
SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) Angel Soft® Facial Tissue items
SAVE $1.00 off any ONE (1) package of Hefty® Trash Bags
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Save $1.00 on any two (2) StarKist® Tuna Pouch Products

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kroger: Free Hormel Compleats Breakfast Product! Clip today, use by 8/9!

Today only you can log into your Kroger account and clip a coupon for a FREE Hormel Breakfast Compleats. You must clip the coupon today, but it's valid through 8/9.
Limit of one coupon per item. Digital coupons and paper coupons may not be combined on the purchase of a single item.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Amazon: Silver Bracelet "Love, Cross, Infinity" for just $1.16 shipped!!!

Wow! Amazon once again has the Cute Vintage Silver Infinite Bracelet Love White Blue Leather Rope Cross Infinity for an even lower price!

You can snag this for just $1.16 and FREE Shipping! 

This comes from Hong Kong, so shipping may take a little longer (but when I've ordered items on Amazon from Hong Kong before, the shipping was faster than I expected)!

Hurry, prices on Amazon can change at any time!

Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD for just $4.13!

Amazon has this Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD for only $4.13!

This will ship free with a $35 order or with Prime!

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Based on the Disney film,Frozen, this exciting storybook-and-CD set features thrilling sound effects, word-for-word narration, and original movie voices!


Free Sweet Tea at McAlister's today only!

Today only you can get a FREE McAlister's Sweet Tea!
Just visit your local McAlister’s Deli today to receive a free 32-ounce glass of McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea. No purchase is necessary and no coupon is required.

Go here for more details: Free McAlister’s Sweet Tea


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Free sample Fancy Feast Broths Cat Food!

You can request a FREE Fancy Feast Broths Cat Food sample! Allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

(Thanks, Freebies for a Cause)

HOT FREE Disney Frozen Elsa and Anna Backpack (plus a $1 moneymaker)!! New TopCashBack members only-- TODAY only!

If you are NEW to TopCashBack, check out this HOT FREEBIE, today only!

Just follow these simple steps:

1) First go HERE and sign up for TopCashBack
2) After you sign up, come back and click this link.
3) You'll see the info for the free backpack; just scroll down and click on "Get Cashback"
4) You'll be directed to the site to order
5) Put the 16″ Disney Frozen backpack for $15.29 in your cart
DON'T add anything else to your order
6)Choose in store pickup for free, and purchase the backpack with any payment option (gift card, credit card, Shop your way Rewards points)
7) Pick up your backpack in store at Kmart
8) Within 1 week, you'll receive $17 cash back in your TopCashBack account. You can choose to have this go to your checking account, Paypal, or choose an Amazon gift card and get 2% more back too!

I've used TopCashBack several times-- they are a great cash back website. They offer great cash back rates and are very customer service oriented!

NEW TOPCASHBACK MEMBERS ONLY: BACK-TO-SCHOOL FLASH-FREEBIE SPECIAL! Snag a free 16" Disney Frozen backback after cashback

Visit Kmart through TopCashback, purchase a 16" Disney Frozen backpack priced at $15.29 and within seven days $17 cashback will have posted in your TopCashback account.

Payment - in full or in part - with SYW Rewards points (either accrued or got by surprise!) typically still earns cashback. In-store pick-up, subject to the item's availability at stores' locations, is free. The $17 should cover the cost of the popular back-to-school item and any sales tax you may possibly be charged, effectively making the backpack a fairytale freebie!

Within 30-90 days the $17 should turn payable and can be credited straight to your checking or PayPal account. Alternatively you could opt to be paid in an Amazon .com Gift Card, which with its 2.5% bonus on top would mean you'd get $17.42 instead of $17.

This offer is available to new TopCashback members only.


Arby's: FREE Jamocha Shake today! No purchase required!

Reminder: This is today!

Yay! For Arby's 50th anniversary they are giving away FREE Jamocha Shakes on July 23, 2014.

Just go HERE and pint the coupon!

Valid 7/23 only; one per person.


New coupons: $3 off EcoTools Hair Brush, Pop Tarts, Kellogg's cereals, and more

Here are the newest coupons to print:

$3.00 off One (1) EcoTools Hair Brush


$1.00 off 3 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts toaster pastries
$1.00 off THREE Kellogg's cereals listed
$1.00 off any Glade Sense & Spray product
$1.00 off ONE Febreze Noticeables Refill
$1.00 off ONE Febreze Candle
$1.00 off ONE Febreze Fabric Refresher
$3.00 off One (1) EcoTools Hair Brush
$2.00 off Rock-a-Stack Toy
$3.00 off Brilliant Basics™ Baby's First Blocks
$3.00 off Brilliant Basics™ Corn Popper Toy


Save 20% on any single purchase of Grapes at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 7/28/2014.Save 20%.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Free subscription to Martha Stewart Magazine!

Here's another free magazine subscription!!

Hurry and request a FREE subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine courtesy of Rewards Gold. 

(You will need to take a short survey about your breakfast habits). Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

These free magazines really do arrive and you won't receive a bill!


Free $5 CVS Extra Care Bucks when you add prescription access to your account!

If you sign into your CVS account and add prescription access to your account, you'll receive FREE $5 ECB's! You'll need to do so before 7/25. Your ECB's will be emailed by 8/4.

Go here for more info.

To get your $5 ExtraBucks Rewards coupon, you must sign in to your account and add prescription management by 7/25/14. You will receive your $5 ExtraBucks Rewards coupon via email by 8/4/14. Valid one time only.

Amazon: set of 4 Canvas Pencil Bag Case for only $3.56 shipped! ($0.89 each!)

Here's another cute back to school deal!

Amazon has a 4 PACK of these cute pencil case bags for just $3.56 and FREE shipping!

Get the Pastorable Canvas Pen Bag Pencil Case, Brand New, Different Colors,set of 4 for only $0.89 each shipped!

What a fun way to surprise your daughter as she heads back to school-- a new pencil bag case, a nice little note, and some other little goodies inside!

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