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The Deal I Couldn’t Refuse

14 Jul

Ever since my last post I’ve scoured the web, trying to find the dSLR of my dreams on my tiny budget.  I’ve tried to get as creative as possible, looking at trades or getting cheap deals on the items they are looking to trade for.  Then the deal I couldn’t refuse fell from the sky!

J was asking a very good friend (who has a photography business on the side) if he knew of a good deal on a used dSLR, since I suddenly developed an addiction to photography.  Next thing we know, our friend has just the perfect thing for  our shoestring budget!  It’s not the newest, shiniest dSLR available…but it’s the perfect one to get started on and make sure that this is something I really want to get into.  And for $100 with some wonderful extras (Canon Rebel 6.3MP, 2 lenses, extra batteries, memory cards & a bag), it’s the perfect deal!

So now we just have to wait for a good time to make the switch…and then a monster will be born!  I’m really hoping to get my hands on it by Saturday morning, because J and I have already talked about making plans for our cameras (downtown + farmer’s market = perfect)!

As if I weren’t already excited enough because of all the great things happening today (Papa Bear’s TV appearance to talk about his newest book & Roman Holiday on the big screen tonight), now I’m super giddy about the possibility of a picture perfect weekend!


Free (or Frugal) Finds: Desk & Chair

2 Jul

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love finding good deals (or sometimes steals) on things I actually want.  When I was a broke college student, I could find some of the best bargains available without even trying…but for some reason I have to actually try a little harder now.  I’m still broke in some respects, but I guess because I have a little more money now I’ve not been as careful with my shopping as I used to be.

Well things have changed again, and now I’m a broke engaged girl who is going through some of the more expensive times in her life (moving, wedding, and trying to spend the next year or more saving for a down payment on our future house…wherever it is).  Now that J and I have a joint account, I’m trying to be even more careful with spending.  I’m not a shopaholic by any means, but I have found out recently that I love the idea of buying things for our new home.

We’ve been making lists of things we need (or want) for our new place, and the list is getting bigger which could be because we have twice the room in the duplex.  Since money is a little tight right now (did I mention moving is expensive?), luckily we’ve been on the same page about being more frugal and creative with getting these things.

What options are out there for frugal shoppers?

  • CraigsList
  • Friendly neighborhood curb
  • Thrift Store
  • Your usual store (but to be considered frugal, shop sales or have coupons…or better yet, do both!)
  • Barter/Trade

I do have to say, while I’ve not always been a fan of CraigsList (nothing but failed deals), I’ve lucked out recently on selling and buying from there.  During the move I wanted to get rid of an entertainment center that just didn’t fit our set up, so I had J post it on Craigslist for $50.  That same day, we did a little searching for a computer desk and chair of my own for our computer room/office set up.  My luck finally changed and I sold the entertainment center and bought a desk (seen on CraigsList) in the same day, and still I managed to keep $25 in my pocket!  And on J’s trip home from work, he found a perfectly good office chair, on the curb, that just needed a little cleaning. And another possible  deal is in the works…my luck has finally changed!

So what are some other good sources for free/frugal deals?  What are some great items you’ve scored lately?

Got any other great frugal tips?  If so, please share them with us…share the wealth!