Kentin Waits

Raised by two extreme savers, I'm endlessly inspired by others who swim against the tide of easy credit and over-consumption. With my dog Scout by my side, I write articles on secondhand shopping, minimalism, and debt-free living. My work has been published on NYTimes.com, MotherJones.com, Kiplinger, and in US Airways Magazine. Reach me at [email protected].

Scented plug-in air freshener
8 Reasons to Stop Buying Candles and Scent Plug-Ins

on May 28, 2024

Americans love to perfume the air in cars and homes. But all those artificial scents may be jeopardizing your health and safety.

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3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding in Your Home

on May 17, 2024

Hot vintage items can be made from humble materials such as plastic and acrylic.

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3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding in Your Home

on April 20, 2024

Home is where the haul is. What valuables are hiding in plain sight?

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25 Things You Should Never Buy — and What to Buy Instead

on April 16, 2024

If you really want to save money, become a more intentional shopper.

Antique canning jars
8 Surprising Household Items You Can Sell for Fast Cash

on March 29, 2024

Sometimes, it’s your humblest belongings that are worth the most money today.

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3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding in Your Home

on March 16, 2024

Have you been spring cleaning? Don’t toss these vintage valuables!

Shopper looking at secondhand furniture
8 Pro Tips for Selling Inherited Family Furniture

on March 13, 2024

Inherited furniture is meant to be a gift. Here’s how to make sure it doesn’t turn into a burden.

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12 Things I Always Buy at Estate Sales

on March 1, 2024

Here’s what an expert estate sale shopper considers to be a great find — and why.

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3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding Your Home

on February 17, 2024

Forget dusty figurines and formal china sets, today’s collectors are paying up for the fabulous and the fun.

Woman looking at the back of antique china plate dishware
8 Commonly Inherited Items Worth Almost Nothing

on February 16, 2024

Although they may carry a lot of emotional value, these items have little market value.

Woman shocked by what she finds in old chest
10 Inherited Items Worth More Than You Think

on February 15, 2024

If you’re a recent heir, take a breath — and take stock. These items are worth more than you think.

Excited, happy, smiling man looking inside a paper bag from the grocery store
9 Types of Trash You Can Sell for Cash

on February 7, 2024

If you throw any of these common items in the garbage, you are throwing away money.

woman shopping at thrift store secondhand shop
17 Things This Expert Always Buys at Thrift Stores

on February 5, 2024

For one expert, these secondhand bargains stand out from the rest.

Aldi sign
10 of the Best Things To Buy at Aldi

on February 3, 2024

Today’s Aldi stores are bright and modern, and the inventory has evolved from bare-bones-basic to slightly chic.

Thrift shop
8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper

on January 27, 2024

Here’s how a veteran thrift shopper scores the best deals — and turns a profit from them.

retro items in house
3 Hot Vintage Valuables That Might Be Hiding in Your Home

on January 27, 2024

Time to check those totes stacked in the garage. These vintage items are having a money-making moment.

woman meeting with home improvement contractor
7 Ways To Save When Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

on January 15, 2024

Home improvement pros don’t come cheap these days. Here’s how to attract skilled tradespeople and save some cash, too.

Furniture and housewares for sale in a used goods or thrift store
Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

on January 12, 2024

Save money and space, add unique style to your home and reduce waste — you really can’t go wrong.

happy woman buying clothes
9 Reasons You Should Stop Buying New Clothes

on January 3, 2024

After 30 years of buying, selling and wearing secondhand fashion, I’ve compiled a long list of benefits.

Antique solid wood furniture cabinets, dressers and chests
8 Things Quickly Disappearing from Thrift Stores

on January 1, 2024

If you shop secondhand, you’ve noticed it too — some things are getting harder and harder to find. Our thrift shopping expert shares several items quickly vanishing from the sales floor.

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