My necessities are:To make an incredibly LONG story short we headed out bright and early and my littles were angels!!! The yard sales were AWFUL!!! I am not kidding! We went to all 52 sales and found less than a dozen items and that included what my kids found. It was definitely not the year for kids clothes unless they were marked at $3-4 a piece and that is not in my budget. I found 1 pair of jeans for Andrew next year along with 4 t-shirts and a winter coat for Ella. That was it on the clothes!
Bag with snacks (popcorn, animal crackers, apples, bananas, fruit snacks, our handy dandy water bottles
Diaper bag (stuffed full of diapering essentials and extra clothes)
Swimming bag (this is a must during the summer months!) You never know what opportunities you may encounter in different areas. There are many parks that offer free splash ponds and other stuff.
Kids money separated in Ziploc bags with their name & my coins and bills put in my coin purse to make shopping easier
List of needs/wants(this was SHORT this time, which is very nice) I am now of firm belief that less is more and I love pretty much everything in my home, so I don’t want to purchase more decor stuff unless it is AWESOME and it is replacing something else. My list is mostly for kids clothes for my littles Fall and next summer wardrobe.
Books (this is only needed if going long distances)
Plan for lunch (either a lunch packed or a plan in action where we will eat and when)
After having a wonderful hammock for almost 4 years it finally took the last swinging/beating and we had to throw it out a few weeks back. Ever priced a new one? Wow! Way too expensive. So, I thought I’d just start praying for a good deal or a second hand one. Half way through our shopping I saw a hammock rolled up in someone’s garage. There was a $4 price tag on it and it was in great condition!! Yes, I paid $4 and it was totally worth it.We have enjoyed lounging on it since Saturday.
We left that subdivision and headed to once last sale in a very dumpy part of town. And, that is where I hit the jackpot! I found piles and piles of gorgeous cloth and she wanted me to take it all for $3. There were some I hated, but couldn’t beat the price. And, the piles included 6 gorgeous decorative pillow covers. Then, I saw it!! a burlap covered storage bench! It was so cute and I totally fell in love with it---NOT the price! She was asking $40 and I didn’t want to pay that much even if I was in love and hadn’t found anything really. I asked if she’d come down which isn’t the normal way I barter, but I was tired and just wanted to see if she’d budge before really dickering with the price. I ended up paying $15 for it!!! I skipped a happy dance the whole way back the van as I stuffed this amazing find within my child filled van. It is currently holding all my living room quilts and is extra seating too.