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Finding Bargains at Yard Sales

October 07, 2011

shopping tipsThe weekend is just around the corner, and people everywhere are finalizing plans for the weekend. If your plans involving shopping, chances are good that you’ve already scanned the local papers searching for the best sales. However, instead of heading to the mall, might we suggest visiting some yard sales? After all, you’ll probably find many of the same items on your shopping list at lower prices.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the market for clothes, workout equipment or furniture. Equifax Finance blogger Mechel Glass has some tips for becoming a savvy yard sale shopper. Her recent article, “4 Tips for Savvy Yard Sale Shopping,” offers ways to help you save money and get things you need (or want) at a fraction of the cost.

First, you need to make a plan. Veteran yard sale shoppers will tell you that the experience can be addicting. You make grocery lists to keep you from buying unnecessary items, so doing the same thing for yard sales will prevent you from cluttering your house with unwanted items. Start by looking in the newspaper or  at Craigslist.org to determine where you will go. From there, plan out some of the items you’ll be searching for on your trip and try to stick to the list.

Second, you must come prepared. If you are looking for furniture, bring a truck, or make sure you have access to one. Also, be sure and visit the ATM so that you have plenty of cash on hand. Most sellers won’t be able/willing to break large bills, so keep that in mind too.

For all of Glass’ tips, read her full article on the Equifax Finance Blog.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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