I think it should go without saying that thrift store shopping rules. If you haven’t ever tried it then you should probably stop reading this post and go discover for yourself how much awesomeness is to be had in thrift store.
As a case study in the greatness of thrifting I offer up my pregnancy.
So the gist is that pregnancy can be really expensive. There are supplements to take, new clothes to buy every few months, and all this new furniture and whatnot for when the baby arrives. This could easily add up to thousands of dollars (for realz, not even trying to be dramatic), but thankfully we have discovered that it does not have to cost that much.
Before I get to the cheap part let me highlight that one thing I am not willing to be cheap with is nutrition. Phillip and I pay a good deal to make sure I am taking the best supplements and eating mostly organic food (the Ben&Jerry’s from last night not withstanding) because that matters the most to us. For everything else though – clothing, furniture, etc. we are mostly relying on thrift stores.
In terms of clothing I have easily spent about $100 in thrift stores and $300 in nonthrift stores. The difference is that my none thrift store shopping has yielded me about 10-12 items of clothing, while the thrifting has probably given me closer to 30+ items. I have bought maternity jeans that would normally run around $40 for $1. Finding so much clothing in thrift stores has been great because 1. We could not afford to purchase everything new and 2. Thrifting fits with our life values of being better stewards of our money, not using new resources from the planet, and more actively supporting our local economy vs a chain store.
In terms of furniture have a look below. We spent $70 for everything you see here. To say we feel blessed and excited would be an understatement. The glider chair was our biggest expense at $25, but just last week we were looking at them at Babies R’ Us for around $300. Ahhhhh!!! Plus, where aside from a thrift store are you going to find an awesome wood and leather rocking horses?
So yeah, God has been very good to us through this thrifting process so far. Having a kid is expensive for sure (Let’s not talk about the health care deductible we are paying right now-ughh), but it can be done without having all the latest and greatest, NEW, stuff. It can be done without going into a materialistic frenzy over a baby nursery. In can be done through trusting God that he will help you find each piece. Piece by piece. in your local thrift store…and often for $7.