Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pawn Shop Maddness


Mikey and I decided that this year for Christmas we would pool our money together and buy a camera together as each other Christmas gift.  As I began thinking of different styles of cameras and of course immediately became overwhelmed.  We would love to have a very nice camera but we just don’t have it in the budget to buy the ultimate camera right now so after discussing this with a friend of mine she gave me some great advice.  She bought a new camera for their family at a pawn shop, it was in great condition and it was $65.  I started to think more and more about this idea and talked to Mikey about it then we came up with a plan.  I had an white gold necklace from an ex-boyfriend that I hardly wore anymore.  The chain was a little too long for me, so I asked Mikey to sell the necklace and with that money we would then buy the camera.

Off on the adventure Mikey went.  He walked into between 7-9 places for an estimate on the necklace.  They ranged from $25-$110.  We went with the $110.  As Mikey was having the necklace estimated he was looking through their store at cameras and calling me so I can look at each one online.  Mikey walked out of one shop with $120 in cash and walked into another Pawn shop and bought an Olympus camera for $150 (retail price: $230) which means we paid, $40 out of pocket. The camera is waterproof and can be dropped and won’t break.  This is the first time I have really had Mikey take time to get the best deal and he was completely on board with the idea, probably because it involved some bargaining/negotiating, a skill to which he has been gifted.

Tip: Though Pawn shops may be a bit intimidating, that doesn’t mean it is worth it to pay full price for something you CAN find somewhere else cheaper.  Don’t let someone or something effect your effort in living a thrifty life.

Sometimes things might seem frightening, but most of the time a fear or something is due to lack of experience, no one wants to feel silly walking into a place just to feel overwhelmed, however, if you try it at least once, I truly believe the accomplishment of saving money will keep you wanting more.

I hope you feel inspired to try knew things and become independent in your journey of thrift’ing.


Babysitting Adventure!


Today Mikey and I are babysitting a family that we know through Young Life.  The two older kids are busy and because of the crazy winter weather our plans to drive to Indy were changed last night.  As Mikey and I thought about how to entertain these kids we both were throwing out ideas when I suggested a Scavenger Hunt in Target.  I’m not %100 positive it should be called a Scavenger Hunt but this is what we came up with.

Each boy has $10.  We are going to Target and this is their list of items they have to find:

Q (Boy, 9 years old)

*Something that has to do with Hockey. (Anything)

*It hangs on keys and shines light in dark places (Flashlight key chain)

*Something with a duck on it (Anything)

*It peels and it is yellow (A Banana)

*This sweet item’s saying is: “Taste the rainbow” (Skittles)

I (Boy, 11 or 12 years old)

*An item that magnify the words on a page (Hint: you can wear this) (Magnify glasses)

*Item (s) you can blow-up with air or fill-up with water and it/they come in many different colors (Water Balloons)

*Small enough to fit in ____’s (their dog’s name) mouth.  It bounces (Tennis Balls)

*Square and Flimsy.  Royalty’s pictures are on three of each suit. (Playing Cards)

*Candy that is deathly sour, but if you can last long enough the sweet center is worth it. (War Heads)

Rules: Q can ask a Target Employee I cannot.  They have $10 and the first one to pay for everything and bring it to us wins.  The prize is, they get to pick the activity we do for the rest of the evening.  (We are giving them three options)

A good thing to do, is be creative.  Try to come up with things that will most likely cost less than going to Museum, but are active and fun for them.  We are also really good at keep things secretive but dropping hints to keep the anticipation rolling.

To be honest we will have just as much fun as they will.