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Think Thrifty

We’ve all heard the advice “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Turns out this advice is not just good for our environment, but it can help save us some money, too.

Let’s focus on the second “R”: Reuse.

One of the best ways I’ve found to save money and “be green” is to shop for secondhand items whenever possible. What’s great about buying secondhand is that it reuses items, which saves resources compared to buying new products, which uses additional resources. This is great for the environment and, with the exception of antiques, can save consumers a lot of money, too.

There are SO many great stores out there such as St. Vincent De Paul, Goodwill and on a local level, Fox Valley Thrift Shoppe, among others, that sell secondhand items.

Additionally, there are awesome sites out there such as Craigslist, which is essentially a sold-by-owner type of online thrift store.

Most thrift stores sell a variety of products from clothes and shoes to furniture, kitchen utensils and books, making it easy to get what you need all in one place.

Here are a few photos of some of my more recent purchases from thrift stores:

A set of nearly new clothes for my god-daughter, which I recently purchased from Goodwill for under $5.

A chair I bought at Goodwill for about $15.

And a pair of shorts for myself for about $6.

Another benefit of shopping at thrift stores is many of them exist to do philanthropic work with the money they make. For example, Goodwill served more than 2.4 million people through its employment and training programs in 2010.

Goodwill also supports sustainable initiatives including training its staff to adopt green practices.

Still don’t believe shopping for secondhand items is worth it? Check out this blog post on Helium for more reasons and tips for going thrift shopping!


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