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From vintage, retro and designer brands to popular household items, shoppers will find all kinds of amazing deals at their local Goodwill store. Revenue generated from the retail stores helps support Goodwill’s mission.
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Bathroom Makeovers, the Frugal Way

By This Mommy Saves Money
June 20, 2016

The bathroom is one room in every house that is incredibly difficult to redo without an expensive remodeling bill. All of the main pieces in a bathroom are fixed in their location; a room makeover is not as easy as shifting the furniture for a whole new look. Instead of spending a fortune on a new bathroom look use these tips for a frugal way to redo your bathroom!

First thing first…head to your local Goodwill store! I recently redid our guest bathroom in items I found on my trips to our Goodwill locations in the Coastal Empire. Okay I will admit, I also found a designer purse for ONLY $3.99, that mysteriously jumped into my shopping cart ;). I know a good deal when I see one! The purse retails for $129!!

Update Current Fixtures
If you are looking to create a new look for your bathroom on a budget one easy to way to do so is by updating the current fixtures. You can remove all the fixtures you want to update, and with a bit of sandpaper and spray paint you can have an entirely new look without purchasing new fixtures! We’ve also used this method for updating plastic trashcans, toilet roll holders, and even wooden baskets that hold toiletries! If you do not like the look of your current fixtures you can purchase accessories at Goodwill for less than $10. If you find items that are the “color of the week” your price may even be less!

Decorative Mirrors 
A fixture that can really make your bathroom “pop” is a decorative mirror. Every time I go into a Goodwill location I can usually find a few mirrors, that can be used for this very purpose. Mirrors are an excellent way to give your bathroom a frugal and modern face lift!

Fabrics
This is perhaps my favorite way to update our bathrooms; swap out the fabrics! A new shower curtain, towels, etc. These elements play a large role in the overall appearance of our bathrooms even though we typically grow accustomed to them before overlooking them entirely! If you like your current color scheme, try mixing it up with a new pattern or design. If you stick with your current colors, you can also avoid having to purchase all new fabrics at one time!

Accent Pieces
I have been known to snag one or two items at a time from Goodwill, as I find pieces that will go with the theme I am using. For example, our most recent update was a nautical theme. I found a lighthouse decoration at the Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive for $4. While running errands I stopped by the Goodwill in Richmond Hill and found a set of seashell decorative towels! Doing this ​inspires me to keep an eye out for matching elements while keeping my budget in mind. Once I have all the pieces I’d like to swap out, I take an afternoon and make the switch! This is a fun way to create a drastic new look without spending very much money.tmsm 6202016

When was the last time you perused the aisles at Goodwill?You might be surprised at what treasures you might find.

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Thrifting Tips

By This Mommy Saves Money
June 6th, 2016

It is common knowledge that the word “sale” makes people happy. Many people like to shop, but what they like more is thrift shopping; anything that allows them to buy more while spending less.Not only women, there are men too, who wait for sales, so that they can go out and shop for what they want without having to worry about going broke.

Thrift stores used to be cheap, but that is not always the case now. At some occasions, it was found that the sale items were priced even higher than their original price. With the increasing prices and inconsistent pricing system, these stores are not always a viable option. Goodwill stores are the best option in such cases. Their discount deals each week help you keep more money in your pocket!

Color Code Sale

Goodwill stores have come up with a few really innovative shopping ideas that benefit not only them, but the customer as well. These ideas make shopping fun while allowing you to save a lot more than you expected, if you play your cards intelligently.

The color rotation sale that Goodwill has every week is one of their most successful ideas. Every week, other than the regular sale items they have a color tag sale. This means that the items that have a tag of that specific color, are 50% off!!

One way to maximize your savings is to know the color rotation. Some shoppers see an item they like, and hold off on the urge of buying it instantly. They wait for the color rotation to change to the color of that item so that they can buy it for a lot less than its original price.  The drawback to this system is that, the item they were holding out for, may not be there by the time it goes on sale.

Stop by your local store to see what their color rotation cycle is. For example last week the color was yellow, this week it is purple! Understanding this rotation is what is going to save you on a lot of money. Typically a color is only on sale once a month. So, if the month started with the black color tag, then this color will most likely not be repeated again throughout that month. So if you want something with a black tag, and it is on sale this week, then grab it while you have the chance. After the week is over, another color tag will be on sale.

Goodwill stores are gaining huge popularity due to these amazing discount deals. 50% off on items of selected colors, along with other sales, are making Goodwill stores a hit among thrift shoppers. Head over to one of your local Goodwill stores to enjoy these amazing discounts and see what you can find!

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Melissa King - Savvy Shopper Blogger

Melissa King, a Savannah resident and professional savings blogger, joins our Goodwill community with savvy shopping Goodwill deals and tips for shopping at Goodwill.

Melissa is the wife of an emergency room travel nurse and the mother of a school-age son who faced tight times several years ago and learned couponing and savvy shopping to make ends meet.

Now, saving money and sharing that knowledge is her passion. Melissa teaches regular couponing classes and has been featured in All You, Consumer Digest. and Parents magazines. She is also a Savings.com Deal Pro, Mom Ambassador and a She Heard Blogger.

Follow her blog at thismommysavesmoney.com for daily updates, deals, and tips.