Q: Do you have a "thrifting" budget? How do you make sure that you don't go overboard with spending in that area- because I think I can overdo even at Salvation Army. I'm wondering if it's a heart issue, or just experience, or just knowing your needs and finances so well? Do you ever leave a yardsale or thrift-store with buyer's remorse?
A: I'm sorry it's taken me so long to answer your question. I do have a "fun money" envelope for shopping. However, it's hard not to blur budget categories because I buy almost everything I can secondhand: clothing, cleaning products from estate sales, furniture and home improvement supplies. Spending cash is a good shut-off valve.
I can and do overdo. A personal warning sign is when I have bags of "stuff" that I haven't yet emptied out of the car. I don't like cluttered interiors; I almost always regret buying small decorative items, unless they cost ten cents. My biggest impulse buys: smocked dresses and kitchen equipment. Thank goodness those are easily resold if necessary! You might try finding a thrift store with a return policy, if buyer's remorse is a problem.
*Thanks to Deputy Headmistress at The Common Room for reprinting her wise words on the subject of thrift shop abundance and general packrattery.