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Saving Money - Ways To Save At Home

Aug 19, 2008
In the midst of all these skyrocketing prices, come the how's, ways and means to save money and earn extra.

There are creative but practical ways you can engage in to help the family save and at the same time earn extra. The things that have been sitting in your attic for sometime and those that become all too familiar and useless might mean extra bucks. This way, it saves you space, cleaning materials and containers. This reduces maintenance expenses.

Garage sale at home is a save-and-earn endeavor for starters. Look at the success of flea markets where people can buy almost anything at a lower price but large amount of income for vendors.

How to maximize the potential of flea markets and bargain sales to help you save? Primarily, a flea market is a place where almost all who have something to sell can sell for tremendously lower costs but good quality items. If you have the right tools and enough preparation for a day's trip to a flea market, then you are ready to go with some handy tips:

1.Ready your tools, maps, measurements and cash:
- easy-to-carry tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers, tape measure, pencil, ropes, set of swatches, paper and plastic bags and boxes;
- floorplan measurements;
- maps, directions and phone numbers;
- bring enough cash and checks for high-priced items;
- dress yourself appropriately for bargain hunting.

2.Early birds usually get the best selections.

3.Keep a critical eye during shopping.
- Be ready to negotiate and haggle on the prices of items.
- Items sold here have greater possibilities, either you can redecorate or repaint them to make it look unique and attractive.

How to make this activity an earning endeavor? After your hands-on training in an established flea market, hope you took note of your observations and ideas; it is time to try out on your own.

Bear in mind five things crucial to garage sale success: location, date and time, variety of goods, organization/presentation, advertisements and prices.

-Spot a strategic location where people can access and drop by easily. Your house is the perfect venue for this. Weekends are the best to schedule your sale.

-During your cleaning session, take note of candidate items for the sale, label them (keep, for repair, must go) and give them a brand new look.

-Organize them well according to prices, use arrangement styles, decide on the tables, baskets and boxes for the items and decorate your venue with fabrics and other helpful materials.

-Lower your prices. The idea here is to dispose of the things but earn from them reasonably.
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