Become an eBay superstaristock/Erik Khalitov
One person’s clutter is another person’s perfect birthday gift. Instead of keeping all those old video games and jewelry that you never wear, sell them on eBay. While the process of shipping can be a pain, you’ll make some money and earn street cred on eBay, so you can make even more thrifty purchases.
If you own a business or do work on the side that provides a service, see if you can swap your service for another. For example, if you’re a certified personal trainer, maybe your hair stylist would be willing to give free cuts for free training sessions. This ends up being a thrifty win-win for both of you. Not to mention, if you build great rapport with that person, they may refer you business in the future.
Take care of your stuffiStock/mediaphotos
We live in a world where expensive items are staples in our lives, like cell phones, tablets, and cars. An easy way to be thrifty is to keep these items in good shape. Losing or breaking your cell phone is a sure-fire way to waste $200 to $300 on replacing it. Not to mention, if your stuff is in good condition, you can sell it later on to make a little extra cash. Put regular car maintenance appointments on your calendar so you don’t forget and bring your laptop to do work while they take care of one of your most expensive items.