Not Made Of Money shares her tricks for shopping without spending. Every once in a while, I enjoy browsing in fancy boutiques. I study the creative, handcrafted items and find ideas to use in my own home. The prices are too high for my budget--built-in-insurance against temptation.
This shopping-without-spending helps me recognize fine quality and great bargains later. You never know when you'll stumble upon something unusual at a yard sale or thrift store.
Yesterday my mom and I looked through a cute children's boutique. Oh, the beautiful clothes! Oh, the prices! I even saw Rebecca's style pillowcase dresses for $70 a pop. We realized that my kids are looking almost as good, for much, much less. Combined, the secondhand outfits below cost less than the sales tax on one pair of new seersucker pants.
UPDATED: Tired But Happy has an interesting idea of shopping with your camera.