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Secondhand or Splurge? The Frugal Guide to Splurging

Want to get a thrifter worked up? Put a $10 tag on something at the thrift store. In episode 5 of our podcast, Allow us to Rethriftrodeuce Ourselves, we talk about what splurging means to us at a thrift store and the things we are willing to splurge on outside of the thrift store. Listen here and keep reading for photos and links we talked about in the episode:

Five things to consider before splurging on an item

Making secondhand shopping a lifestyle will give you room in your budget to splurge on things that you can’t thrift or on experiences that mean a lot to you. Here are five things I think about before I splurge on something:

Quality: I always ask myself what’s the cost per wear? How much use will you get out of it in the next year?
The source: if something is locally or ethically made, it might be worth spending the extra cash.
Personal or sentimental value: sometimes items that just sit on a shelf or get tucked away in a box are worth the splurge because they carry a value far beyond the price tag. Also, sometime self-care is worth the splurge.
Convenience: Will splurging on the item or experience free up some time in a busy schedule? I like to splurge on conveniences I can’t thrift because the value I receive in return is priceless. For example, I am willing to splurge on meal and grocery conveniences because they are convenient and free up valuable time to spend with my daughter.

Photos from this episode

Shannon’s mushroom set!
Blast from the past: Dina’s Devil Wears Prada Costume
The costume nobody understood: Kermit Meme
Dina’s thrifted get up for the ball
Dina’s $3 gown from the Pink Hotline Thrift store
Dina’s most expensive thrift store purchase. A $20 Eudon Choi jacket, featured here on New Day Cleveland

Links from this episode

• Favorite places to splurge on wide calf boots
• Dina’s favorite places to buy rugs online: rugsusa and eSale rugs
• Pink Hotline Thrift Store 
Dina’s kitchen rug
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