Cheap vs. Thrifty

Growing up I knew that I had a certain fascination with quality, reasonably priced items meant to last. It didn’t matter if it was clothes or décor—I would swipe ‘em up or create ‘em, and cherish them like it was nobody’s business.

written by Danielle Pauly

As I got older, I started to hear about people going “thrifting” at stores such as Target or in the clearance section of other such popular retail chain stores exclaiming that they were saving so much money. Though it may seem pretty silly, this is a big pet peeve of mine. There’s a difference between snatching up every single cheap item you find, and finding quality items at a price that’s a steal.

Walk into most clearance sections at stores, and I guarantee that you’ll find at least 10 different items under the price of $10– the same at most vintage or resale shops. Whether the item is low quality and cheap, or durable quality, low priced and versatile is the difference. Do you really need that $3 cup koozie or $5 “hair towel”? Chances are, you don’t.

Want a hair towel? Make one yourself with an old towel, an elastic band and some scissors. Want a cup koozie? Grab a 0.50 piece of foam, hot glue and go to town. In the long run, buying all of these “low priced items” simply because they’re cheap typically ends up costing you more money.

If you really want to save money, try being thrifty and use what you have or what solid quality items you can acquire cheaply for goods that will actually last and be cherished. You’ll be shocked at how much you’ll be saving, and how thrifty you’re actually being.

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