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Ethics Of Selling Your Stockpile

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*NOTE: I originally posted this a couple years ago, but someone mentioned wanting to read it again in the Facebook Community so I am sharing it again.

Last weekend my husband and I were out driving around and decided to stop at a couple yard sales for fun.

The second sale we stopped at I was actually excited to check out because there were so many other cars there I thought it must be a pretty great sale.  As we walked up I saw what all the commotion was over.  This person had set up a grocery store in her garage and the people there were doing their grocery shopping.

Now I should say a couple things right up front before I get started on this post.

I am not trying to offend anyone who might have done this in the past or who might have bought things from a sale like this one.  I do know that there are rules and regulations that real grocery stores have to follow that are in place to keep our food safe.  When you shop from a “store” like this one it is impossible to know how the food was stored.

I have no problem with someone selling a “few” things they’ll no longer use in their garage sales. What I really have a problem with is someone fraudulently using coupons to get stuff free with the intent of reselling it in a garage sale for the sole purpose of profitting.  Did you know that many coupons state in the fine print that it is coupon fraud to use a coupon to buy something with the intent of reselling it?

The reason for this post is simply to inform you why I couldn’t just pretend like I didn’t see it that afternoon.  You see I was so shocked that I had to pull out my phone and snap a couple pictures for proof that I was really seeing what I had only heard rumors of up to this point.  I came home and posted the picture on the Facebook page and innocently asked:

“Have you ever stopped at a garage sale like this one? I’ve heard rumors of them but never actually seen one in real life. I don’t mean to offend anyone but this really bothers me. Because she likely cleared shelves buying most of this stuff free after coupons taking away from others who would have actually used the items in the picture with the intent of reselling to make a profit. 

When people do this they leave nothing behind for anyone else.”

I was surprised by the overwhelming response this got from many who seemed to understand my frustration with the situation. But there were a few who just couldn’t seem to understand why this would be wrong.  What they saw was someone who was smart enough to bend the rules enough to make some extra money.

But at what price?

I am not saying that there can’t be situations when this is acceptable and some of you posted the hypothetical situations that could cause a person to sell their stockpile in this way.  I’m not sure I would have been so shocked had it hot looked like a well oiled machine.  What I saw while I was there was a very well organized grocery store complete with racks, shelves, and grocery bags.

I wrote a post during the a season of Extreme Couponing about how to maintain Extreme Couponing Integrity that I think is relevant for anyone who wants to know my stance on things.

I definitely think it is worth reading the entire original post (which you can find here), but I specifically wanted to shine a light on the third point today.

Only buy what you will use!  I  know it can be so tempting to continue to buy when you aren’t paying for the item.  But it is wasteful to buy what you can or will not use in a reasonable amount of time.  If you just must get another tube of free toothpaste, why not consider donating some of what you have to shelters, churches, or abused women’s centers?

If you follow this point in Extreme Couponing Integrity then you really won’t find yourself in a position to sell off 50 boxes of cereal.

Frugal Girls Back to School Outfit

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Back to School is in full effect and it is fitting that this weeks Frugal Fashion Friday post is showcasing a girls Back to School Outfit.

Once again Ashley from Frugal Coupon Living has put together a complete outfit that is fashionable without costing an arm and a leg.

Rare Editions Girls Squirrel Print Dress $12.67 $51. Also a Bird Dress and Deer Dress as low as $14.11.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Kids May to Side 2 Silver Ballet Flats $24.99 $40. FREE shipping included.

Owl Backpack $20.21 $26.96. This is part of the 25% off new arrivals sale. In addition, now through 7/27, get $25 Gymboree Bucks for every $50 you spend. FREE shipping when you spend $75.

Girls Stud Earring Set $5. FREE shipping when you spend $50.

Blue Flower Headband 2 for $6. Save 20% Off everything, 25% Off $50, Or 30% Off $60 Or More + Free Shipping on purchases of $60 with code SAVEMORE3. Expires on 07/27/2014.

Crayons We will see 24-ct Crayons as low as $.20 to $.33 this season.

First Day of School Printable FREE. I love this set from Yellow Bliss Road

Are You a Binge TV Watcher?

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I have been having a full on Netflix Binge Fest this past week!

I don’t usually watch a lot of television, but when I do I almost always become a binger.

It all started innocently enough.  I was looking for something that had at least 2 seasons on Netflix already.  I get so frustrated when I start watching a new series and just as I am getting to the point of full binging the series comes to an end leaving me feeling a little lost and grieving over the end of a series that completely captured my attention.

I saw the advertising that another season of The Killing was beginning on August 2nd and figured it was as good as any other show to watch for a while.

I was wrong.

It is SO good!  I haven’t been able to think of much else during my free time because I must know who killed Rosie once and for all.

Have you ever dealt with TV binging?  What are some of your favorite shows to binge watch?

Some of my favorites have been Scandal, House of Cards, Revenge and Once Upon a Time.  Now I can add The Killing to the list.

Thankfully Netflix is a good way to watch TV this way if binging is what you like.

Restaurant Coupons

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If you plan on eating at a restaurant any time soon you will definitely want to check out this list of coupons to save on your bill.

5 Ways to Save on Your Restaurant Bill

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Bruegger’s – $1.99 Bagel with Cream Cheese (exp: 8/4/2014)
Carrabba’s – $10 Off Dinner Entree When You Buy 1 Entree (exp: 7/27/2014)
Carrow’s – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/22/2014)
Chili’s – Free Chips & Choice of Dip with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 7/26/2014)
Cold Stone – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Like It, Love It or Gotta Have It Ice Cream (exp: 7/27/2014)
Juice It Up – Buy 1 Get 1 Free 24 oz. Just Peachy Smoothie (exp: 8/31/2014)
Noahs Bagels – $3 off a Bakers Dozen Box + More (exp: 7/29/2014)
Outback – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/27/2014)
Red Mango – $1 Iced Coffee, $2 Iced Latte or $3 Frozen Lattes (exp: 7/31/2014)
Smokey Bones – 15% Off Online Order (exp: 7/27/2014)
Souper Salad – $5.99 Adult Buffet (exp: 8/3/2014)
Texas Corral – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 7/27/2014)
Village Inn – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 7/25/2014)
Which Wich – Free Chips & Drink with Any Wich Purchase (exp: 7/27/2014)

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this list!

Old Navy School Uniform Sale Prices Start at $5!

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Old Navy is having a hot sale on School Uniforms. Get FREE Shipping on all orders over $50.

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Shop early for the best selections while supplies last!

Fiverr Buy or Sell Online Services Starting at $5!

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Fiverr is the largest marketplace for online services starting at $5.00.

I started hearing about this website a while back where you could find people to do custom graphics work and more for about $5 per job.  I will admit that my first thought was that the work must not be all that great.  But after seeing some of the work my friends had only paid $5 to have done, I was curious to learn more.

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Today I went ahead and signed up for a free account just so I could have a better look at what this Fiverr was really all about for myself.

It was really easy to choose a username and password, then I had to wait for the confirmation email to arrive which was pretty much instantly.

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Once I clicked on the Activate Account button in the email they sent I was all set and ready to check out what Fiverr had to offer.

I was blown away by all the services available and can’t wait to have a custom book cover made!!!

Choose from the following categories:

Online Marketing
Writing and Translation
Graphics and Design
Video & Animation
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Programming & Tech
Gifts and More!

Sign up for a free account with Fiverr and check it out for yourself today!